The Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation kicked off its National Dressage Series this past weekend with its first show of the season. The Series consists of four Dressage shows that are
held between November and May, which culminate 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 United States judged the show which was held at the Equestrian Center in the morning and then finished at the Cayman Riding School in the afternoon. Ms. Canace, who judged the CIEF’s third National Dressage Show last year, said 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 adult riders, the most ever in a CIEF adult class, which reflects 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 CIEF will be holding its next jumping show on January 15 th at the Cayman Riding School located on Hirst Road with a start time of 8:00am.