By Eve van den Bol
Ava Law scored a perfect "10" for Rider's Position and Seat from judge, Cynthia Thaxton (USEF – L) of Watkinsville, GA at the second National Dressage Show of the season held this past week by the Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation (CIEF) at the Equestrian Center in George Town.
Law's overall score of 75.56% riding Joey at Training Level Test 1 earned her the Junior High Point Champion title and was over 5 points higher than second place finisher, Sierra Martin who rode Storm. Madison Ameline, riding Blue Ridge Dream On, was third, less than a point behind Martin. At Training Level Test 3, Ameline bested Law by ½ point to win that class.
Jessica McTaggart was named High Point Adult for her ride on Bandolero at First Level Test 3 scoring an impressive 68.89%. The other highlight of the day was the dressage show debut of McTaggart's daughter, Hallie Giuzio, age 5, riding the USDF A Test on her grandmother's horse, Durango.
The CIEF held this dressage show live using its Pixio Camera system, which enables a judge located anywhere in the world to view and judge the competitors in real time, while simultaneously communicating with a scribe in Grand Cayman who records the judges scores and comments for each movement. The CIEF will be using its Pixio to further equestrian sport development during the pandemic by hosting horse shows and clinics for its members without needing overseas judges and coaches travel to the island.
The next dressage show to be held by the CIEF is scheduled for Saturday, January 16th, 2021 at the Equestrian Center starting at approximately 2:00pm. As always, spectators are welcome and admission is free. For more information about the CIEF and its activities, please visit their website at ciefcay.com.
Winners of each class in decreasing order of difficulty were:
• FEI Intermediate 1 – Jessica McTaggart riding Loris 7
• USEF Second Level Test 3 – Junior – Kayla Mannisto riding Prestige Pandora
• USEF Second Level Test 1 – Junior – Kayla Mannisto riding Prestige Pandora
• USEF First Level Test 3 – Adult – Jessica McTaggart riding Bandolero
• USEF First Level Test 1 – Junior – Marley Trench riding Gitana RDL
• USEF Training Level Test 3 – Adult – Caroline Key riding Ray of Light
• USEF Training Level Test 3 – Junior – Madison Ameline riding Blue Ridge Dream On
• USEF Training Level Test 1 – Junior – Ava Law riding Joey
• USDF C Test – Junior – Sierra Martin riding Storm
• USDF B Test – Junior – Nadia Thompson riding Me and My Shadow
• USDF A Test – Junior – Hallie Giuzio riding Durango