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Dressage Season Kicks Off

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.

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Jade Webster

Jade Webster

Jade Webster has rejoined the Cayman 27 Team as Sports Reporter/ Producer in August 2016. Jade has a background in News and has developed a passion for Sports while covering international Games. Jade was one of 35 Young Reporters selected worldwide to be apart of the Young Reporters Programme by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the Second Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. She was awarded the 'Best IOC Young Reporter', and went on to cover the Second Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lilehammer, Norway. Jade was also selected as a Young Reporter in 2015 to cover the Toronto Pan American Games, where she was awarded a Hockey Stick for her hard-work and dedication. Jade was the Press Officer for the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. She graduated with honors in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Florida

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