Foster earns encore
It was a repeat performance for veteran equestrian Roberta Foster and her mount Chichic at the RC/Southern Palms Beach Club & Resort Hotel/Rubis Barbarees Federal Equestrian International (FEI) World Dressage Challenge (WDC).
They topped last year’s score in the Intermediate 1 (I1) to take the victory once again with a 70 per cent score in the I1, and 20 per cent difficulty, to give Barbados a team score of 84 per cent.Seven equestrians and their mounts made up the Barbados group for the recent event at the Congo Road Equestrian Centre, St Philip.
Foster, along with members of the dressage committee, will now have to wait to see if this year’s score will earn her the No. 1 ranking in this worldwide challenge, which hosts competitions around the world. Along with earning the most points for team Barbados, Foster aced her second qualifier for the CAC Games in Bogota, Columbia, this summer, as she surpassed the required qualifying scores in the I1 and Prix St George (PSG), with 70.515 per cent.
Gina Hunte put down a solid performance on Man In Black, to win the PSG with 63.382 per cent, plus 20 per cent difficulty, to earn FEI Barbados a score of 76.058 per cent.
Zoe Thornton changed mounts for this competition, and her switch to Valentino proved to be the right decision. The pair rode the youth test, emerging victorious with a score of 61.827 per cent, plus 10 per cent difficulty, to give FEI Barbados a team score of 68.009 per cent, over first-timers Scarlet Farmer and Rasmus, who finished on 58.173 per cent.
Bree-Ann Hurdle, the final team member to give Barbados a team average score of 73.825 per cent, moved up a class to compete as an adult in the Senior 1 test, having turned 16. She and Vivaldi jumped to victory, with 67.232 per cent.
Second place went to Jenni Wilson and JW Merlot, on 62.500 per cent, while Paige Tryhane and Daisy, who finished second in the first leg of the FEI World Jumping Challenge, settled for third on 61.786 per cent. (RA)