T&T fifth in World Dressage Zone 10
March 26, 2012 · 0 CommentsTrinidad and Tobago placed fifth in Zone 10 of the 2012 Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) World Dressage Challenge, at Hidden Valley Stables in Santa Cruz, earlier this month.
T&T competed against Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Barbados and Jamaica, with leading international judges Mariano Santos Redondo of Spain and Ricardo Rojas Cruz of Costa Rica travelling to the five countries to judge the competitors before announcing the results.
The purpose of the World Dressage Challenge is for developing nations to compete in an international equestrian event in their own country, as travelling with horses is difficult and expensive.
The final results for Zone 10 for 2012 saw Cayman Islands in first position, ahead of Jamaica, Bermuda, Barbados and T&T.
Despite their fifth place finish, T&T had some good performances in the individual events, with Patrice Stollmeyer winning the T&T Elementary Adult class and Cammilla Garcia placing second.
Chelsea Thomas topped the Preliminary Adult class, followed by Alexandra Bovell and Franka Costelloe.
Thomas, riding Unbridled Dream, produced the highest score, 63.706, to win the Champion High Point trophy, sponsored by San Antonio Farms.
Stollmeyer, on Claudio, received the reserve Champion High Point trophy with a score of 63.378.
Thomas recently emerged winner of the Caribbean Equestrian Association’s (CEA) trials, and represented T&T in the CEA Show Jumping competition, in Barbados, on March 10 and 11.
The youngest riders at the local leg of the Zone 10 World Dressage Challenge took part in the Preliminary Juniors class, which was keenly contested by Brynn English on Starlight and Hadley Rahael on Zeus.
English managed to steal the spotlight with a final score of 58.879, over Rahael’s 58.103.
After the event, the judges conducted a clinic at each of the individual stables to aid the riders’ development in the art of dressage.
Source: Trinidad Express
By USPORTT Desk