Cayman’s elite dressage athlete, Jessica McTaggart, continued her winning ways when she rode her horse Loris 7 for the first time at the opening National Dressage Show of the season, held 9 Feb. at the Equestrian Center. The equestrian scored 65.23%, good for first place in the FEI Intermediate 1 test.

“While there are a few things we still need to work on, overall, I couldn’t have asked or expected more from Loris,” said McTaggart. “He is an amazing horse that continues to develop with time.”

Jessica McTaggart on Loris 7 during the Intermediate I test.

On the day McTaggart also claimed the Adult High Point Champion title, on Bandalero. Event organiser, the Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation, flew in Bill Woods, a USEF ‘R’ judge from Ocala, Florida, for the competition. Other highlights from the show included newcomers Sandra Gowrie and Nadia Thompson who competed for the first time at a CIEF dressage event. Marley Trench also debuted her new horse, Gitana RDL, on whom she won both of her classes as well as the award for Junior High Point Champion. The next National Dressage Show is scheduled to take place at the Equestrian Center on 29 March.

FEI Intermediate 1 Jessica McTaggart riding Loris 7

USEF First Level Test 3 (Adult) Jessica McTaggart riding Bandalero

USEF First Level Test 3 (Junior) Kayla Mannisto riding Ray of Light

USEF Frist Level Test 1 (Adult) Leah Alberga riding Kartouche

USEF First Level Test 1 (Junior) Marley Trench riding Gitana RDL

USEF Training Level Test 3 (Junior) Marley Trench riding Gitana RDL

USEF Training Level Test 1 (Adult) Leah Alberga riding Moon Lady

USEF Training Level Test 1 (Junior) Olivia Ziemniak riding Teddy

USDF Introductory C Test (Junior) Sierra Martin riding Fly With Me

USDF Introductory B Test (Adult) Sandra Gowrie riding Joey

USDF Introductory B Test (Junior) Alyssa Hislop riding Amarilla

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