Local showjumping competitors are gearing up to defend Bermuda’s Championship title, as Bermuda’s round of the 2020 Caribbean Equestrian Association Regional Jumping Challenge will take place at the National Equestrian Center this Saturday, November 14th.
Bermuda has captured the championship for three consecutive years and is very eager to retain it for another year.
The Caribbean Equestrian Federation (CEA) seeks to encourage equestrian sport within the Caribbean Regions by the promotion of international and/or intra Caribbean events.
Bermuda has been a proud member country of the CEA since 1999. Other Member Countries include ANTIGUA, JAMAICA, BARBADOS, CAYMAN ISLANDS, HAITI as well as TRINIDAD & TOBAGO.
The format of this competition provides an excellent opportunity for Bermuda equestrians to measure their equestrian jumping skills against riders from other Caribbean countries, without incurring the expense or logistics of having to travel overseas.
Rather, participating riders compete in their own country, over an identical Jumping course at heights of .70m, .85m, or 1.00 m.
The courses for this year’s competition were designed by Bermuda’s own Heidi Shelley-Mello. Shelley-Mello is an FEI Level 3 Course Designer. This will mark the first occasion that a member of the Caribbean region has been invited to design the jumping courses for the CEA Regional Jumping Challenge.
The BEF extends congratulations to Shelley-Mello on this achievement.
Officiating the Bermuda round of this year’s Challenge will be Bermuda FEI Level One Jumper Judge. Pam Mahoney.
Following the completion of the CEA Regional Jumping Challenge, the Bermuda Equestrian Federation will host a BEF Support Jumper competition that will include Jumping heights up to and including 1.30m.