Equestrians ride into new dressage season

| 16/11/2016
CNS Local Life

Jardae Barnes riding Austin

(CNS Local Life): The Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation (CIEF) kicked off its National Dressage Series Sunday, 13 November. The series consists of four dressage shows between November and May, culminating in the naming of season champions in various categories at the CIEF’s annual awards dinner in June. Cindy Canace, a senior judge from the US, officiated the show, which was held at the Equestrian Centre in the morning and at the Cayman Riding School in the afternoon.

Canace, who judged the CIEF’s third National Dressage Show last year, said in a federation press release that she was impressed with the progress that Cayman’s riders have made in just a short time.

Lara Humphries, riding her pony, Storm, was named the Junior High Point Winner, and Tracey Surrey, riding her horse, Dusty, was named the Adult High Point Winner.

Sunday’s horse show welcomed many new faces to the CIEF competition arena, including younger riders Jardae Barnes, Zahra Dinspel-Powell, Olivia Ziemniak, Siena van Dam, Megan Duval and Clara Byrne, as well as adults Stephanie Lloyd, Paula Daniels and Eve van den Bol.

The largest class of the day was the B Test for junior riders followed by Training Level Test 3 for Adults, which had a record nine riders, reflecting the growing number of adults on the island returning to equestrian sport.

Class Winners in order of decreasing difficulty were:
Third Level Test 3 – Jessica McTaggart-Giuzio riding Loris 7
Second Level Test 3 – Mary Alberga riding Partenon
Second Level Test 2 – Alexandra Bodden riding Relation
Second Level Test 1 – Tracey Surrey riding Dusty
First Level Test 3 (adult) – Anja van Genderen riding Joey
First Level Test 2 (adult) – Tracey Surrey riding Dusty
First Level Test 2 (junior) – Abbey Swartz riding Blue Ridge Dream On
First Level Test 1 (adult) – Eve van den Bol riding Whindlass
First Level Test 1 (junior) – Abbey Swartz riding Blue Ridge Dream On
Training Level Test 3 (adult) – Jessica McTaggart-Giuzio riding Moon Lady
Training Level Test 3 (junior) – Lara Humphries riding Storm
Training Level Test 2 (adult) – Milly Serpell riding Sunday’s Edition
Training Level Test 2 (junior) – Kayla Mannisto riding Pony Up
Training Level Test 1 (adult) – Madeleine Aquart riding Nala
Training Level Test 1 (junior) – Lara Humphries riding Storm
USDF C Test (junior) – Zahra Dinspel-Powell riding Lucyanna
USDF B Test (junior) – Jardae Barnes riding Austin

The next jumping show is set for 15 January 2017 at the Cayman Riding School, with a start time of 8am. Spectators are welcome and admission is free.

The CIEF event calendar is available on its website

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