By Eve van den Bol
Caymanian show jumping athlete, Chloe Fowler, was named Reserve Champion in the 1.15 meter Adult Amateur Modified Jumper Division at week 1 of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), held at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida. On her way to being named Reserve Champion, Fowler and her mount Lady Maria BH bested 22 other starters to win the $2,500 stakes class. The pair were 4th and 8th in the other two classes in their division.
This past weekend, for week 2 of WEF, Fowler moved up to a higher division with Lady Maria BH and they placed 12th out of 48 competitors in the $10,000 1.25 meter NAL Low Amateur Owner Classic and 13th out of 78 entries in the $1,500 1.20 meter Low Amateur Owner Jumper class.
Fowler, age 18, is taking a gap year to compete in Florida before starting university in the UK. In January 2020 before lockdown, she made her international show jumping debut at the Palm Beach Masters where she placed 5th in the CSI2* 1.20m $2,500 Bainbridge Tour Final.
"Week 1 of WEF was only the second competition for Fowler with Lady Maria and she has shown that they are a force to be reckoned with in their divisions. We expect continued great results as they gain mileage together," declared Eve van den Bol, President of the Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation.
The Winter Equestrian Festival is one of the largest and longest-running equestrian events in the world and it attracts many international athletes competing at the highest levels of the sport of show jumping. In 2021, it will feature 13 weeks of competition from January to April.
The Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation is the national governing body for equestrian sport in the Cayman Islands and part of its mandate is to support Cayman's athletes competing overseas. In addition to Fowler in the USA, Isabelle Smith, age 21, has been representing the Cayman Islands in international show jumping across Europe in the 1.20 meter and 1.35 meter divisions on her two horses.