February 28, 2021

Cayman: Trench and Serpell named High Point Champions

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By Eve van den Bol

Alexandra Gowrie riding Pony Up in her first horse show.

An intense burst of rain and cool, breezy weather this past weekend did not deter Cayman’s equestrians as they competed at the third national dressage show of the season held by the Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation (CIEF) at the Equestrian Center in George Town. Meris Greges (USEF – r) judged the show live from her home in Athens, Alabama using the CIEF’s Pixio camera system which enables real-time viewing and scoring of the competitors as in a normal horse show.

Marley Trench on Gitana RDL

“We are delighted to have invested in the Pixio as it allows both our sport and athletes to continue to develop uninterrupted by the restrictions of Covid-19 on international travel,” noted CIEF Show Committee Chairperson, Tanya Ziemniak.

Marley Trench and Milly Serpell were named high point junior and adult riders respectively, Trench at Training Level Test 3 and Serpell at Training Level Test 1. Other highlights of the show include the competitive debut of Alexandra Gowrie in her first ever horse show, finishing 2nd in the USDF B test, and double-wins by Marley Trench on her horse Gitana RDL and Nadia Thompson riding Me and My Shadow.

Milly Serpell riding Sunday’s Edition

The CIEF is the national governing body for equestrian sport in the Cayman Islands and hosts several competitions throughout the year that are open to members from any stable or location on the island. The CIEF also hosts visiting clinicians, supports equestrian athletes competing for Cayman overseas and works with the government to prevent the abuse of horses on the island. For more information on the CIEF and its events, please visit their website at www.ciefcay.com.

Nadia Thompson Rode Me and My Shadow to win in the B & C Tests

Winners of each class in decreasing order of difficulty were:

FEI Intermediate 1Jessica McTaggart riding Loris 7
USEF Second Level Test 3 – AdultJessica McTaggart riding Prestige Pandora
USEF Second Level Test 1 – JuniorKayla Mannisto riding Prestige Pandora
USEF First Level Test 3 – JuniorMarley Trench riding Gitana RDL
USEF First Level Test 1 – JuniorAva Law riding Joey
USEF Training Level Test 3 – JuniorMarley Trench riding Gitana RDL
USEF Training Level Test 3 – AdultCaroline Key riding Ray of Light
USEF Training Level Test 1 – JuniorMadison Ameline riding Blue Ridge Dream On
USEF Training Level Test 1 – AdultMilly Serpell riding Sunday’s Edition
USDF C Test – JuniorNadia Thompson riding Me and My Shadow
USDF B Test – JuniorNadia Thompson riding Me and My Shadow
USDF A Test – JuniorHallie Giuzio riding Durango

IMAGES: Ashley van den Bol and Anja van Genderen

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