Top equestrians honoured at awards event

| 24/06/2015
Cayman News Service

Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation members at awards event (Photo by Joanna Humphries)

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation (CIEF) recently celebrated the winners of their dressage and jumping leagues for 2015. About 100 people attended the event to find out who had won the coveted champion and reserve champion titles in the National Dressage Championship and the National Jumping Series.

Notable among the award winners were Phoebe Serpell, who took home four awards, and Isabelle Smith and Amara Thompson, who each earned three awards. In addition, Jenna Boucher put in a solid performance over the course of the season and scooped the champion ribbon in both the 0.7m and 0.85m jumping classes.

Newcomers to the awards this year were Kayla Godwin, Abbey Swartz, Eva Muspratt, Basil Humphries and Lea Rado, highlighting the growth and development of equestrian sport in Cayman over the past few years.

Veteran equestrian and president of Jamaica’s Equestrian Federation, Betty Wates, in Cayman for the FEI Level 2 coach course taking place on island this week, presented the awards, saying her heart was “full” to see so many riders competing in Cayman. She noted how much the federation had grown during the many years she has been involved with equestrianism.

The CIEF’s final show of the season takes place Sunday, 28 June when Cayman’s top show jumpers compete in the FEI’s World Jumping Challenge, Category C, over fences at heights of 1.1m. There are three events to this competition, which are spread out over the course of the year. Cayman Riding School in Savannah is the venue for the upcoming competition, which begins at 8:15am.

An Olympic Day Handy Jumper for all levels of rider will follow the World Jumping Challenge. Spectators are welcome and entry is free. Refreshments are available for purchase, including a BBQ lunch.

A full set of results can be found at the CIEF website.

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