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Equestrian: van den Bol, Serpell tie for top honors in second dressage

Equestrians competed this past weekend (21 January) at the Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation’s second National Dressage show of the season. Judging for the 3rd time in the past three years was USEF Senior Judge, Cindy Canace of Blairstown, New Jersey, whom the CIEF brought in for the event.

Conditions were extremely windy which gave some competitors trouble as a few horses were unnerved by the weather. Overall, most riders posted excellent scores with a tie for the adult high point winner. Milly Serpell, riding Sunday’s Edition, and Eve van den Bol, riding Whindlass earned the same total score at Training Level Test 3. Using collective marks and riders position to break ties, the two remained evenly placed. This is the first time in CIEF history that a tie has occurred for high point winner. Said van den Bol, “It was great to share the award with Milly, as we frequently train together. We were both able to produce great rides, even through our
horses are complete opposites.”

Jardae Barnes won the junior high point award riding Austin in her first CIEF show. Melody Allenger won the Introductory B test riding ‘It’s a Secret’ with a score of 68.125%.

The next horse show sponsored by the CIEF will be National Jumping Series #2 at the Equestrian Center located on the Linford Pearson Highway on January 28th starting at 8:00am.

Winners of each class in decreasing order of difficulty were:
Fourth Level Test 1 Jessica McTaggart-Giuzio riding Loris 7
Second Level Test 3 Anja van Genderen riding Joey
Second Level Test 1 Anja van Genderen riding Joey
First Level Test 3 – Adult Sydney Crowley riding Calidad
First Level Test 3 – Junior Abbey Swartz riding Blue Ridge Dream On
First Level Test 2 – Junior Abbey Swartz riding Blue Ridge Dream On
First Level Test 1 – Junior Kayla Mannisto riding Me and My Shadow
Training Level Test 3 – Adult Milly Serpell riding Sunday’s Edition (Tie)
Eve van den Bol riding Whindlass (Tie)
Training Level Test 3 – Junior Lara Humphries riding Storm
Training Level Test 1 – Adult Amber McMillan riding Joe
Training Level Test 1 – Junior Jardae Barnes riding Austin
USDF Introductory C Test – Junior Megan Duval riding Lilly
USDF Introductory B Test – Junior Melody Allenger riding It’s a Secret

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Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise

From Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Jordan Armenise began his sports broadcasting journey with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. It was in this role where he was able to merge his best attributes: sports knowledge and personality. While with the Ticats, Jordan provided live analysis and interviews while developing a digital portfolio of one-on-one interviews, episodic sports comedy and full length sports & news features. He has also worked with CBC Sports for Hockey Night in Canada, the 2014 Sochi Olympics and Special Olympics as well as roles with Cineflix and Cream Productions as an Assistant Director.

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