Jumpers hold gold
Barbados turned in gold medal performances at the Caribbean Equestrian Association (CEA) Junior Jumping competition held recently at Big “C” Stables in Frere Pilgrim.
Blessed with great weather for the two-day competition, the Barbados team of 14 and under Georgia Porter and 16 and under Erin Stephany with Di Clarke as national coach took the gold.
With the completion of day one, rounds one and two, Barbados was flying out front with a huge lead going into day two of the event. But it’s never over till the last rider and a nail-biting round with Porter on Whirl Wind with eight jumping faults on the last obstacle on course three followed by a four fault with Stephany aboard Haze on the same round narrowed the gap lead.
The duo managed to keep the Barbados flag flying by riding clear in their 4th. and final round.
Claire Schwapp of Jamaica rode to victory in rounds two and four, while Amber Thompson of Trinidad took wins in round one and three in the 16 and under category.
The 14 and under champion was Madeline Aquart of Cayman Islands, but local equestrians Porter and Stephany managed to be consistently in the placing to keep the team score in top spot.
Barbados leads the four-leg competition, with Jamaica in second, Cayman Islands third and Trinidad, fourth.
The national riders will be preparing for the next leg of this competition which will be held in Cayman Islands on May 17 and 18.
Other Winners for the local/national events.