January 18, 2021

Law Scores a Perfect 10

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By Eve van den Bol From Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation

Ava Law riding Joey

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.

Ava Law riding Joey

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.

High Point Winners, Jessica McTaggart (l) and Ava Law

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.

Jessica McTaggart riding Bandolero

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.

Madison Ameline riding Blue Ridge Dream On

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

PHOTOS; Ashley van den Bol and Abbey Swartz

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