Early Halloween for show jumpers

Megan Duval rode her horse Lilly for a double clear round and into 4th place.

Halloween arrived early this year in Savannah, when almost 40 riders dressed in spooky costumes participated in the Cayman Riding School’s first show jumping event of the season.

The day started with 13 novice riders competing in the cross rail class. Many of the riders were competing for the first time, but all successfully negotiated the course.

The event then moved to the larger competition arena where riders competed in a clear round jumping class. This class is aimed at introducing riders to competition and the more technically challenging show jumping courses.

The height of jumps started at 0.5 meters and increased throughout the day to 1 meter.

Each rider who negotiated the course without making any mistakes was awarded a rosette.

“We had 12 riders competing in the 0.5m class for the first time,” said Tracey Rose, owner and riding instructor at Cayman Riding School.

“It is extremely encouraging to see the improvement in so many of our young riders, and even more encouraging that nearly all our the younger riders completed the course without making any mistakes.”

The last event of the day was a 0.8m Open Jumping Class – with 11 riders participating. The course was designed to increase in difficulty with a very technical final element, designed to challenge both horses and riders’ skills.

All the riders successfully negotiated this final element, and those riders who jumped a clear round (without making any mistakes or knocking down a fence in the earlier section of the course) went through to a “jump off,” where riders had to tackle a shorter and even more challenging course.

George Smith competed on Beanie for the first time for a double clear round.

The horse and rider who negotiated the shortened course in the fastest time was deemed the winner.

Eva Muspratt riding Star won the class, narrowly beating Paula Daniels riding Second Kiss.

Rosettes were awarded in the jump off down to 8th place.

The next show at Cayman Riding School is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 11. Entrance is free and spectators are welcome. For further information, call Tracey Rose on 926-7669 or email [email protected]

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