March 27, 2023

Cayman Islands’ riders have the Hotz for Dressage

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By Eve van den Bol From Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation

On Sunday, January 29th, the Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation held its second dressage show of the season at the Equestrian Center in the morning and at Cayman Riding School in the afternoon. Sandy Hotz, a USEF-S and FEI 4* judge, from Colorado flew in to judge the show and vacation on the island with her husband afterwards, taking advantage of the opportunity to escape the cold.

The highlights of the day included: the return of Jessica McTaggart-Giuzio and her CAC/Pan Am Games mount, Ray of Light, to the FEI Intermediate Level; the CIEF show debut of Amber McMillan who won at USEF C Test – Adults; and the score of 73.44% for Tracey Surrey on her horse, Dusty, at First Level Test 2, which was the highest score of the day, and possibly for the entire season. The junior high point winner of the day was Abbey Swartz riding Blue Ridge Dream On at First Level Test 1.

The next dressage show to be held by the CIEF will be the Cayman leg of the Caribbean Equestrian Association’s Caribbean Dressage Challenge, where Cayman riders will compete against their counterparts in Barbados, Bermuda, Jamaica and Trinidad. That show will take place on April 2nd at approximately 7:45am at the Equestrian Center, located on the Linford Pearson Highway and at approximately 2:30pm at the Cayman Riding School located on Hirst


Road. As always, spectators are welcome and entry is free.

Winners of each class in decreasing order of difficulty were:

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