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Serpell leaps way to top the 1st FEI World Jumping Challenge event

Polly Serpell and Jenna Boucher each had eight faults but Serpell was one second faster on total time and she won the first of the three-part International Equestrian Federation World Jumping Challenge Sunday (28 February) at the Cayman Riding School.

Competing in Category C, tournament rookie Boucher led after a clean first round. After the second and final round, however, both riders and had eight faults and Serpell had the quicker time.

“The World Jumping Challenge was an initiative started by the FEI as a solidarity initiative for countries that are developing equestrian sport,” Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation’s Michelle Boucher said. “Like Cayman, we’re not able to take our horses and travel around the world that easily with them so our riders can compete. So the FEI started this challenge programme where the course is set by the FEI and the same course is set up in all of the different countries. And the riders in every country ride the same course and then they are ranked worldwide in the standings.”

Amara Thompson finished third in the event.

The CIEF following the WJC competition then held open jumping classes at lower heights. The results are as follows:

.6 & .7 metres winner
Olivia Kluyver (Shirley Temple)
.8 metre winner 
Lea Rado (Never Ending Story)
.9 metre winner 
Ashley van den Bol (Whindlass)

About the author

Kevin Morales

Kevin Morales

Cayman 27 News Director Kevin Morales is an award-winning journalist with more than 12 years of experience. Kevin is a Milwaukee, Wis., native. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2005 from the University of Minnesota. He's a proud father and a loyal fan of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and U of M Golden Gophers.

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