The Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation (CIEF) kicked off the competition season with the first leg of its National Jumping Series, which was held this past Sunday at the Equestrian Center located in George Town, just off the Linford Pierson Highway.
Highlights of the day include three riders, Katelyn Lastrina, Emily McDonald and Nadia Thompson, who were competing for the first time in a CIEF horse show. It was also the first time ever for Ava Law competing at a jumping event, and she won the 0.6 meter class riding Amarilla. Other winners include Madison Ameline who won on Twinkle in the 0.7 meter class and Leah Alberga riding her Moon Lady, who won both the 0.8 meter and 0.9 meter classes. It was also the first time Ms. Alberga was competing at 0.9 meters.
The CIEF is the national governing body for equestrian sport in the Cayman Islands. The CIEF produces a series of seven equestrian competitions, arranges training opportunities with professionals from overseas, supports the Cayman Islands’ participation in international equestrian sporting events and works with the Cayman Islands’ government to prevent the abuse of horses on the island. The CIEF is also a founding member of the Caribbean Equine Relief Fund, which provides aid to horses and their owners in the Caribbean following major hurricanes, most recently to those impacted by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.
The next CIEF-sponsored horse show is the second leg of the three-part National Jumping Series, which will take place on Sunday, November 17th at The Equestrian Center. Spectators are welcome and admission is free. For a complete list of CIEF events, please visit their website at www.CIEFcay.com.