The Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation recently hosted a fundraising ‘Fun Show.’ The show was organized to raise funds for the refurbishment of the Equine Pound at The Department of Agriculture. This is a project the federation is motivated to complete before the end of 2012.
The federation was thrilled to welcome two new riders, Lara and Basil Humphries. Both riders were competing for the first time last Saturday and performed exceptionally well.
A fancy dress pony parade started the show, with more than 15 horses showing off some very creative and elaborate costumes including Maid Marion, Carousel Horse, Batman and his Batmobile. The next event was the gymkhana games, which included apple bobbing, pole bending, walk trot and walk trot canter, cup collecting and, for some of the advanced riders, a team bare back race.
The games were great fun and all participants went home with ribbons and big smiles on their faces. Riders who performed particularly well in the gymkhana races were Madeline Aquart on Charm, Nina Ratcliffe on Twinkle, Ashley Van den Bol on her own pony Amerila and Charlie Hinds on Snow White. The next event was the barrel racing held in the top arena at The Equestrian Centre.
This event had many of the audience holding their breath as horses galloped around a course of barrels. Anja van Genderen placed first on her pony Karma, Madeline Aquart was second on Charm and Polly Serpell placed third on her pony Me and My Shadow.
Rounding out the day was Chase Me Charlie jumping. This event consists of one small warm-up jump and one larger jump that continues to be raised higher and higher until there is only one rider left. This event was very exciting to watch and Chloe Fowler won the pony class jumping 3ft 4in. Thea Milward won the horse class jumping a height of 4ft 4in.
The federation would like to thank all volunteers and parents, who assisted with the setting up and continued help throughout the show.
The federation is now busy planning its next event, which will be sending two young riders to Trinidad to compete in the Caribbean Equestrian Association’s show jumping competition later this month.
The federation is also working towards the Caribbean Equestrian Association’s Dressage Competition on 2 November.