On the heels of the recently reported successful placings of Bermuda showjumpers in the CEA Regional & Mini Jumping Challenges, it is delightful to learn today that Bermuda’s Dressage riders have also achieved top placings in the CEA Regional & Mini Dressage Challenges.
The 2022 CEA Dressage Regional & Mini Challenges came to successful conclusions for Bermuda, with the Adult Team capturing first place in the CEA Regional Dressage Challenge and Bermuda’s Children Team capturing second place in the newly introduced CEA Mini Dressage Challenge.
Members of Bermuda’s Adult Regional team included Angela Halloran Smith riding Evert (75.345%), Abby Bardgett riding Cruise Control 70.000%) and Claire Turner riding Balthazar Olympus (65.375%). Coming in at second place was Barbados and third was Trinidad.
In the newly introduced CEA Mini Dressage Challenge, Bermuda’s Children Team placed second, with Cayman Islands capturing the top spot and Barbados placing third. The Bermuda team included Scarlett Smale riding Lollipop (72.750%) Lila Readdy Riding Ladybug (67.250%) and Maggie Baron riding Up Up & Away (65.731%).
In addition to COUNTRY TEAM placings, riders also competed for OVERALL INDIVIDUAL placings. Once again Bermuda dressage competitors continued to shine with the following riders capturing the OVERALL HIGHEST INDIVIDUAL SCORE in their respective test categories.
CEA MINI DRESSAGE CHALLENGE -- Overall Highest Individual Score
Introductory Level C
Scarlett Smale riding Lollipop 71.750%
Training Level Test 1
Scarlett Smale riding Lollipop *73.654%
Smale was the recipient of the *2022 MDC Children High Score Award.
CEA REGIONAL DRESSAGE CHALLENGE – CHILDREN Overall Highest Individual Score
First Level Test 3
Grace Lightowler riding Patrick – *72.500%
Lightowler was also the recipient of the 2022 RDC Children High Score Award.
CEA REGIONAL DRESSAGE CHALLENGE – ADULTS – Overall Highest Individual Score
Training Level Test 3
Angela Halloran Smith riding Evert – *75.345%
Halloran-Smith was also the recipient of the 2022 RDC Adults High Score Award.
First Level Test 3
Abby Bardgett riding Cruise Control – 70.000%
Training Level – Freestyle
Angela Halloran Smith riding Evert – 70.167%
Bermuda Dressage Coach, Angela Halloran Smith, who also successfully competed in the event said she was “thrilled with Bermuda's results! The results attest to the tremendous talent that is in Bermuda. For Bermuda to achieve both the Highest Scoring Children and the Highest Scoring Adult is fabulous and can only serve to motivate Bermuda’s equestrians to continue the winning streak!”
The CEA Dressage competitions are unique in that riders from CEA member countries are provided an opportunity to compete against other countries without the logistical challenges of travelling overseas. Rather, an appointed judge travels to each participating country. Judging the 2022 competitions was FEI 4* Judge & USEF “S” Dressage judge Cesare Torrente.
Competing Caribbean countries included Barbados, Cayman. Jamaica as well as Trinidad & Tobago.