Whilst several local sporting competitions were canceled or delayed due to Saturday’s storm-force winds, Bermuda’s Dressage riders were determined not to forfeit their opportunity to compete in the 2022 Caribbean Equestrian Association Dressage Regional & Mini Challenges, writes Elka Gibbs from the Bermuda Equestrian Federation.
These competitions enable riders, from CEA member countries, an opportunity to compete against other countries without the logistical challenge of traveling overseas. Rather, an appointed judge travels to each participating country to judge at the officially organized CEA dressage competitions. Member Caribbean countries have until the end of the calendar year in which to host their competition; hence, the sheer determination of Bermuda’s riders to participate despite the inclement weather forecast.
In addition, Bermuda riders were keen to have an opportunity to showcase themselves before well-acclaimed visiting FEI 4* Dressage Judge, Cesar Torrente, and they did. Competitors were also afforded an opportunity to participate in clinics from Judge Torrente - after the completion of the event.
Due to travel restrictions caused by the global pandemic, the 2020 CEA event was forced to cancel, and the 2021 CEA was held virtually, thus requiring riders to forward a video of their test performance to the overseas official Judge – providing additional incentive for riders to brave the elements!
The Bermuda ROUND of the CEA competitions was held on Saturday, December 10th.
First-place winners of the BERMUDA ROUND of the CEA Regional Challenge are listed below:
1st PLACING ADULTS IN THE BERMUDA ROUND OF CEA REGIONAL CHALLENGE
• Training Level Test 3 Angela Halloran Smith riding Evert - 75.35%
• First Level Test 3 Abby Bardgett riding Cruise Control 70.00%
• Third Level Test 3 Claire Turner riding Baltazar Olympus 65.38%
• Freestyle: Angela Halloran Smith riding Evert 70.17%
1st PLACING JUNIORS IN THE BERMUDA ROUND OF REGIONAL CHALLENGE
• Training Level, Test 1 Alejandra Tafur riding Edelweiss 62.075%
• First Level Test 3 Grace Lightowler riding Patrick 72.50%
• Freestyle Alejandra Tafur riding Edelweiss 60.76%
In addition, Angela Halloran Smith riding EVERT was awarded High Score Adult with a score of 75.35% in the Training Level Test 3. High Score Junior was awarded to Grace Lightowler riding Patrick in First Level Test 3.
In addition to the CEA REGIONAL DRESSAGE CHALLENGE, Bermuda Dressage riders also competed in the newly introduced CEA “MINI” DRESSAGE CHALLENGE.
First-place competitors for the Bermuda round of the “Mini” Challenge are listed below:
1st PLACING ADULTS IN THE BERMUDA ROUND OF CEA MINI CHALLENGE
• Introductory Level C Kayla Bardgett riding Manno – 51.50%
1st PLACING JUNIOR IN THE BERMUDA ROUND OF CEA MINI CHALLENGE
• Introductory Level B Charlotte Arthur riding Spot the Dot – 59.69%
• Introductory Level Test C Scarlett Smale riding Lollipop 71.75%
• Training Level Test 1 Scarlett Smale riding Lollipop 73.65%
Click Here to see the Full 2022 Caribbean Equestrian Association Dressage Regional & Mini Challenges Results