Cayman’s youth equestrians returned home earlier this month as champions after competing in Jamaica at the Dressage Invitational hosted by Caymanas Pony Club.
Ava Law, Nadia Thompson and Madison Ameline represented Cayman in the competition.
The hometown team of Jamaica were in second place, and Barbados were third.
Law won in the C-Test category, Ameline took third place in the musical freestyle, and there was a third place finish for Thompson in the A-Test, at her very first horse show. The Dressage Invitational was only one of two competitions that Cayman youth equestrians competed in within a three-week period. The team travelled again to Jamaica for the Jamaican Equestrian Federation show-jumping competition, at Drax Hall Country Club.
Olivia Ziemniak competed in the .70-metre division, placing first and second in her two classes, and was named the division’s champion. Megan Swartz and Leah Alberga competed in the .90-metre division, where Swartz took home third and fourth place, while Alberga placed fifth.
“We are really pleased to see our youth perform so well while competing overseas on borrowed horses.” said Eve van den Bol, president of the Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation. “With limited local competition, we have been encouraging our youth members to participate in overseas events, especially those with borrowed horses.”
In addition to Jamaica, countries that host borrowed-horse competitions to which Caymanian riders have been invited to compete, include the USA, Ecuador, Barbados, Suriname, Martinique, Costa Rica and Guatemala.