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Cayman Islands Equestrians compete Internationally

Sports 06 May, 2024 Follow News

Brooke Ebanks riding WhoWhizzThatCowboy

Hallie Giuzio riding Twinkle

Sierra Martin riding Clair de Lune

Sierra Martin riding Clair de Lune

On 20 and 21 April 2024 the Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation (CIEF) hosted its biggest dressage show of the year, welcoming riders from the Cayman Islands to compete in the 5th National Dressage Show of the 2023/2024 season and in the Caribbean Equestrian Association (CEA) Regional and Mini Dressage Challenge.  Both shows took place at the Cayman Islands Equestrian Center.

The CEA Dressage Challenge is a fantastic opportunity for our local Cayman riders enabling them to compete internationally against the other CEA member countries of Antigua, Bermuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Haiti, Jamaica, and Trinidad, without needing to travel internationally.  Instead, the same judge travels from country to country to judge the riders. 

Riders competing in the CEA Dressage Challenge are ranked both individually and by country team.  Once all the countries in the CEA have completed their competitions in 2024, the final standing in the Caribbean for Cayman’s riders and the Cayman National Team will be published.  In 2023, the Cayman Islands Adult Team placed 2nd and the Children’s Team placed 3rd in the Regional Dressage Challenge:  while the Children’s Team placed 4th in the Mini Dressage Challenge. 

Mr. Omar Zayrik, an FEI 3* judge, dressage trainer and former Olympian for Mexico scored both competitions and noted how impressed he was with the riding ability and facilities that he observed during his time in Cayman.  “Bringing internationally recognized judges to the Cayman Islands for our shows is critical for the development of our sport locally.” said Mary Alberga, President of the CIEF who also thanked Mr. Zayrik for his willingness to engage with the local riders and provide advice based upon his invaluable experience.

For the CEA Regional Dressage competition, Kayla Mannisto and Tilly Tammemagi were named High Point Adult and Junior riders respectively, while Tami Maines and Hallie Giuzio took the respective honors in the CEA Mini Dressage Challenge.

 

CEA Regional and Mini Dressage competition winners, in decreasing order of difficulty were as follows:

Test

Winning Rider & Horse

FEI Prix St. Georges

Jessica McTaggart riding Loris 7

First Level Test 3

Eppie Heaney Henderson riding Sunday’s Edition

First Level Test 3 (Junior)

Madison Ameline riding Blue Ridge Dream On

Training Level Test 3

Kayla Mannisto riding ImaLittleScout

Training Level Test 3 (Junior)

Tilly Tammemagi riding Knick Knack

Training Level Test 1

Lisen McGladdery riding Sunday’s Edition

Training Level Test 1 (Junior)

Sierra Martin riding Clair de Lune

USEF C Test

Jamie Lauren McTaggart riding Bandalero

USEF C Test (Junior)

Sierra Martin riding Clair de Lune

USEF B Test

Tami Maines riding Bandalero

USEF B Test (Junior)

Ebba Collins riding Sparkles

USEF A Test (Junior)

Hallie Giuzio riding Twinkle

 

CIEF National Dressage Show #5 winners, in decreasing order of difficulty were as follows:

Test

Winning Rider & Horse

First Level Test 3

Madison Ameline riding Blue Ridge Dream On

First Level Test 1

Madison Ameline riding Blue Ridge Dream On

Training Level Test 3 (Junior)

Tilly Tammemagi riding Knick Knack

Training Level Test 2 (Junior)

Tilly Tammemagi riding Knick Knack

 

Complete results of the all shows can be found on the CIEF website at www.ciefcay.com .

By CIEF Staff


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