Bermuda riders will be competing in the Caribbean Equestrian Association’s 2013 Mini Dressage Challenge on Saturday May 18th, beginning at 9am, at the National Equestrian Center, Vesey Street.
Bermuda will be the second country to compete this year. Other competing countries are Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.
Bermuda won the Adult competition last year, and was second in the Children’s competition. This competition comes not long after the FEI’s (International Equestrian Federation) World Dressage Challenge competition at the end of February when Bermuda competed against its Caribbean compatriots and came out on top, so morale is high and it is hoped that our Bermuda team can win once again. Dawn Fox, Michelle Ingham and Ashley Gibbs, team riders victorious in last year’s seniors CEA competition, will again be pitting their skills for 2013. Junior team member last year Zoe Oleksak will also be riding in this year’s competition. Team members for 2013 will not be known until competition day.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
FEI World Jumping Challenge Round Up
This year’s FEI World Jumping Challenge competition was held at the National Equestrian Centre on Vesey Street with Philip Correia and his stallion Emmerson emerging as the winners after an exciting final round of jumping.
After the first two rounds held there was a three way tie for first place with Correia and Emmerson, Claire Howard on Just a Rose, and defending champion Michael Rodrigues this time on Southern Eclipse all having two clear rounds.
In round three of four rounds held in the competition Correia and Emmerson had one rail down giving them four faults after three rounds, and a clear round each by Rodrigues and Howard ensured that the final round when accumulated times from the second and fourth rounds would be crucial would be exciting.
This it proved to be as Correia went clear giving him a total of four faults and he completed his rounds with a good time. Rodrigues and Southern Eclipse were next and in trying to make a good time they had two rails down giving them a total of eight faults. So Howard needed a clear round in order to repeat her two previous victories with Just a Rose, but it was not to be as she had one rail down giving her a total of four faults and tied with Correia. The times of the second and fourth rounds would now be the deciding factor and Correia’s faster accumulated time of more that sixteen seconds over Howard made him the winner.
In category B the competition was not quite as close although there was some good jumping with Vicki Steele emerging the worthy winner with four clear rounds on LA Baltic Star. Second was Tyler Lopes on Baileys Bay with eight faults total and third was Stephanie Wilkinson on Esquire with sixteen faults
The overseas FEI judge for the competition was Chrystine Tauber from Wellington, Florida assisted by local FEI judge Paul Pereech. We now await the results from the competitions being held in Caribbean countries to see how we compare overall.
Friday, May 10, 2013
FEI World Jumping Challenge Countdown
Many of Bermuda's top Equestrians will be competing this weekend at the National Equestrian Centre in Devonshire in the FEI World Jumping Challenge which this year also incorporates the qualifying for the equestrian competition in the Youth Olympic Games to be held next year in China.
There will be two levels of competition at a height of 1m20 for category "A" and 1m10 for category "B" with the Jumping starting at 9.30am on Saturday and at 8.30am on Sunday. Saturday's competition will be preceeded by a veterinary inspection to ensure that all horses are sound with a prize being presented to the best turned out animal.
The FEI visiting judge for the weekend will be Chystune Tauber, who is currently President of the United States Equestrian Federation and she will be assisted by local FEI judge Paul Pereech.
Defending champion from last year in category A Michael Rodrigues will be competing but on a different mount and he will be challenged by previous winner Claire Howard. They will be joined by Junior rider Khaleb Tota, who will be attempting to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games, and Philip Correia who recently had a successful Ag Show.
This competition which is held annually gives riders an opportunity to gauge themselves against riders from other countries without actually travelling overseas to do so as all of the courses are built to identical specifications.
Sunday, May 05, 2013
Terceira Finishes 3rd in Grand Prix
Jillian Terceira concluded taking part in the FEI Nations Cup Jumping Drammen Spring Tour and Baltic Cup event in Norway.
Competing in the Silver Small Tour 1.25m Final, with a Jump Off, Terceira and Bellini finished 14th, in their first round the pair clocked 58.01 and then the recorded a time of 33.93 with both rounds being Clear.
Terceira and Bernadien Van Westuur finished 3rd in the Gold Tour 1.45m Grand Prix, they clocked a time of 83.32 with 0 Penalty Fault Points.
Saturday, May 04, 2013
Terceira Continues in Norway
Jillian Terceira continued taking part in the FEI Nations Cup Jumping Drammen Spring Tour and Baltic Cup event in Norway.
Competing in the Gold Small Tour 1.40m Class, Terceira and Amarulla finished 9th overall, the pair recorded a time of 77.15 in their First Round and advanced to a Jump Off, in the Jump Off Terceira and Amarulla clocked a time of 39.37, but they recorded 4 Penalty Fault Points.
Competing in the Silver Small Tour 1.20m Class, Terceira and Bellini finished 23rd with a time of 66.24, they recorded a Clear Round.