Back in the saddle at Cayman Riding School

Jovi Tatarkin competed for the very first time on Diamond.

The clouds and downpour of showers throughout the afternoon did not dampen the excitement last Saturday, 4 November, when Cayman Riding School held the first jumping show of the new competition season.

As part of the affiliation with the British Pony Club and the ongoing training program for those who want to compete, 27 competitors took part negotiating jump courses ranging from 0.5m to 0.9m.

“It is so encouraging to see our young riders improving,” said Tracey Surrey – owner and riding instructor at Cayman Riding School.

Olivia Kluyver dressed competed successfully at 0.8m and 0.9m on her own horse ‘Shirley Temple’


She said many riders were competing for the first time with the more experienced riders competing over higher jumps than they had competed over before.”

“When training, the riders will jump much higher jumps. This helps build confidence and balance of the horse and rider which in turn keeps things safe and fun, which is our main priority at Cayman Riding School,” Surrey explained.

She added that the ‘After School Riding Program’ at Cayman Riding School is increasingly popular offering riding classes for children and adults of all levels. “Competing is definitely not our main focus at CRS. Those riders that did not want to compete came along to support and cheer on the other riders – making it a great day out for all involved.”

With a slight twist to the day – competitors (and quite a few spectators) were encouraged to participate in Fancy Dress.

There are several shows scheduled at Cayman Riding School, the next being the ‘Christmas Show’. The school is expecting so many riders to participate this year that the show will now take place over two days.

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