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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Countdown to Auto Solutions RES Spring Show Series

The 2018 Auto Solutions RES Spring Show Series gets underway at the National Equestrian Centre, Vesey Street, Devonshire this weekend Saturday and Sunday, January 20th and 21st.

This marks the third annual RES Spring Show Series and entries show great participation across Age Groups.

This series will comprise two weekend events of competition beginning this weekend and the second in late March. The RES Spring Show Series Hunter/Jumper/Equitation shows are open to both adult and junior riders competing for series championships in various divisions by cumulating points over the two shows.

The RES Series provides a unique equestrian event on the showing calendar as it seeks to combine the traditionally held classes including Hunter Pony/Horse and Jumper/Equitation classes together with opportunities for the Bermuda Hunt Club members to show in specially designated classes. These include a Hunt Club Obstacle Course, a Hunt Club Hack and a Ladies Only Hack. Additionally, in March, driving and carriage classes will also be added.

Jane Dow-Burt of the US will be the presiding judge for the Hunter/Equitation classes. She currently serves the Connecticut Hunter and Jumper Association (CHJA) as a Past President and as a Director Emeritus and is also a member of the Professional Horseman's Association, the USAE Zone 1 Committee and the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce.

Dow-Burt is USAE Registered Judge in Hunter, Hunter seat Equitation and Jumper, meanwhile Pam Mahoney the locally FEI qualified Jumper judge will judge the Jumper classes.

As with any show and in particular this unique two weekend show series event, a lot of hard work and effort goes into making it successful and the show organizers are extremely grateful to both its volunteers and its generous sponsors who without their support could not put on this event.
Monday, January 15, 2018
More Weekend Joy for the Minors Family

Bermudian Equestrian Ki-Juan Minors competed in a special qualifier that was recently held in Wellington, Florida, and has successfully secured one individual show jumping spot for Bermuda at the 2018 CAC Games in Barranquilla.

This became a special weekend for the Minors Family, as Ki-Juan’s brother Dage won the Front Street Mile Elite Men’s Race.

The Bermuda Equestrian Federation (BEF) explained that “This qualifier event qualifies the country to compete at the Games.”

“The 2018 CAC Games will be held in Barranquilla, Columbia from July 20th – 3rd August 2018 and it is Bermuda’s intention to send a qualified individual. The height of the CAC games will be between 1.35 m and 1.50m. The show jumping competition will consist of a maximum of 40 Athletes / Riders, with a total of 8 teams and 8 individuals,” the BEF said.

Jaime Masters McDowell, Head of the International Committee and Vice President of the Bermuda Equestrian Federation [BEF] said: “The Bermuda Equestrian Federation would like to congratulate Minors on his achievement at the recent qualifier in Wellington.

“Minors competed over three rounds and grew stronger each time. This was a successful showing where Minors was able to secure a show jumping spot for Bermuda at the 2018 CAC Games, especially given that he had to swap to a new horse three days before the start of the competition due to his first option incurring an injury.”

When asked about the experience, Minors said, “I felt that despite the weather conditions, giving what seem to be an example of all four seasons, I was very confident each day and became more and more determined to represent myself as well as my country to the best of my ability.”

Minors continued, “I would like to give my sincerest thanks to Todd Minikus, for providing me the ride on this amazing horse, Carvelo Z, who is owned by Axel Verlooy. Thank you to U.S. Grand Prix rider and friend Mavis Spencer for stepping up to the task of Chef d’Equipe and keeping my head cool during the pressures of the competition.”

“I would also like to extend special thanks to the team at Todd Minikus LTD, Amanda Minikus for handling everything behind the scenes. Thank you to Blake Roberts, who is Carvelo Z’s rider and groom. With his help during each day the horse felt at his best,” concluded Minors.

Sunday, January 14, 2018
Bermuda Harness Pony Racing Round Up
In Harness Pony Racing action at the National Equestrian Center on Vesey Street saw Kiwon Waldron lower his record time competing in the 1:05&0 – 1:06&0 Time Bar Class.

Waldron in the bike of Special Gold was clocked at 1:04&2, on New Years Day, Waldron and Special Gold broke the 2 Year Old record when he was clocked at 1:05 flat. Andrea Westerfield in the bike of Just Watch Me finished second in 1:04&4.

Darrico Clarke in the bike of Cherokee’s Ironman won Heat 5 the 1:04&4 & Faster Time Bar Class clocking 1:03&3, Christian Truran and Pocket De Gold finished second clocking 1:04 flat, Phillip Correia and Simsfield Hardtimes finished 3rd with a time of 1:04&4 and Dylan DeSilva in the bike of Double Time finished 4th clocking 1:05&1.

In one of the closest finishes of the day saw Kayla Caldwell in the bike of Stay Tuned and Phillip Correia in the bike of Spirit of Brona were both clocked 1:09&1, with Caldwell declared the winner of the 1:07&2 – 1:10&4 Time Bar Class Heat 9 after officials went to the camera.

Friday, January 12, 2018
Terceira & Lopes Compete Indoors in The Netherlands

Bermuda Olympian Jillian Terciera and Tyler Lopes competed in the Azelhof International Horse jumping event in the Netherlands.

On Day One the pair competed in the same Class.

Terceira and Chakova finished 2nd competing in the Silver III 1.20m in Two Phases Class, the pair clocked a Clear First Phase time of 57.43, they would then clock a Clear Second Phase time of 28.32.

Lopes competing in the same class riding Escalada finished 10th, they clocked a Clear First Phase time of 58.02, they would then clock a Clear Second Phase time of 31.52.

Terceira would also mount Amarulla in the Class finishing 13th, clocking a Clear First Phase time of 60.55, and a Clear Second Phase time of 32.10.
Saturday, January 06, 2018
Bermuda Harness Pony Racing Round Up

In Harness Pony Racing at the National Equestrian Center on Vesey Street saw many scratches on a cold evening.

In the 1:04&4 & Faster Time Bar Class, Reel patrol with Andrea Westerfield clocked a winning time of 1:05&1, Custard the Dragon and Andy Stoneham finished second clocking 1:05&4, finishing third was Tyler Lopes in the bike of Google Me clocking 1:06 and Simsfield Hardtimes and Phillip Correia finished fourth with a time of 1:06&4.

David Burrows Jr. in the bike of Spirit of Brona won the 1:10&1 – 1:11&4 Time Bar Class when they were clocked at 1:09&2, while Rock On and Kelsey Durham finished second clocking 1:11 flat, Kool the Fire clocked a winning time competing in the 1:12 & Slower Time Bar Class with a time of 1:11&4 and Maurice Raynor in the bike of Catch Me If You Can finished second in 1:19&4.

Rookie driver Tahzii Flood in the bike of Major Medical won both Heats in the 1:07&2 – 1:10 Time Bar Class, in their first heat Flood and Major Medical clocked 1:08 flat, Something Royal with Andrea Westerfield in the bike finished second clocking 1:10&1 and A Touch of Red and Ryan Manders finished third clocking 1:10&2.

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