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Equestrian: Riders flourish at Regional Jumping Challenge

Five regions including the Cayman Islands hit their individual stables for the Caribbean Equestrian Association (CEA) 4th Annual Regional Jumping Challenge.

The challenge featured equestrians from Cayman, Bermuda, Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago building and jumping it’s own course at three heights (0.7 meters, 0.85 meters and 1.0 meter) based on CEA specifications.

“It allows them to compete against their neighbours in the Caribbean without the expense,” said Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation President Eve van den Bol. “It’s a great way to bring our Caribbean neighbours together and support one another as a training exercise.”

11-year old Olivia Ziemniak clocked the fastest round of the day with two clear runs on the 0.7 meter course riding Amarilla. Fellow junior Megan Swartz also impressed with double clear rounds on Zeus at the .85 meter level. Senior Gina Lomas topped the 1.0 meter course on Sunday’s Edition.

“I’m really enjoying riding him,” said Lomas. “He’s challenging but I feel like I am getting the best of out him. Our second round, I was so happy, we had a clear within the time. He was the most rideable he’s ever been.”

Total faults and times are added together to form each nation’s total score. Final results and ranking for all equestrians in competition are slated to be completed in December.

The Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation will host it’s first National Dressage Show of the season Sunday 3rd February at the Equestrian Center starting at 8:00 am.

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Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise began his sports broadcasting journey with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). It was in this role where he was able to craft the immersive and enthusiastic approach to reporting, broadcasting and production you see here today in Cayman's sports community.

Jordan has also worked behind the scenes for a number of Canadian broadcasting & production companies such as CBC Sports, Cineflix Productions and Cream Productions.

Did he mention he was St. Clare of Assisi's 1994 Athlete of the Year?

Now dubbed 'The Sports Guy', Jordan relishes the role as Cayman 27 Sports Producer, where he can tell the stories of Cayman’s athletes. You can reach Jordan at 333.6521 or jordanarmenise@hurleysmedia.ky.

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