Festive mood at Christmas Horse Show

Kayla Godwin riding Harry

Now in its 10th year and with over 50 riders participating, the cool Christmas breeze offered perfect riding conditions for the Christmas Horse Show held at Cayman Riding School in Savannah from 16-17 December, 2017.

“Our Christmas Horse Show is very special and with so many competitors in each class we decided this year to hold the show over two days,” said Tracey Surrey, owner and riding instructor at Cayman Riding School.

Saturday started with the traditional Fancy Dress class followed by the ‘Handy Pony’ Classes, where children have to negotiate an obstacle course on their pony, demonstrating and putting into practice all they have learnt during their riding lessons.

The final class on the Saturday was a jumping competition referred to as ‘Chase Me Charlie’. Riders had to jump a single fence that increased in height after every successful attempt. “It is very exciting to watch and really tests the nerves of the rider,” said Surrey. The class was won by Amber McMillian riding Joe.

Amber McMillian riding Joe

Sunday morning started early with the jumping classes and as the day progressed so did the height of the jumps, which added great excitement for both competitors and spectators alike.

The final event of the day was a jumping class with a new format – called an ‘Accumulator’ class. In this event, the jumps range in height from 0.7m to 1.20m. Each jump is allocated points that are increased as the height of each jump increases. The rider decides what jumps they want to attempt and in what order with the idea of ‘accumulating’ as many points as possible in 65 seconds.

“It was so much fun” said Kayla Godwin, one of the more experienced young riders from Cayman Riding School. “You had to think really quickly and be extremely accurate in your riding – it was so nice to try something different and I hope it is offered again at the next show.”

Juliette Forester competes on her young horse ‘Monty Carlo’

At the end of one of many shows hosted by the school, Surrey pointed out that CRS offers something for all enthusiasts.  “We offer classes for riders of all abilities with children as young as four years old participating. So, even if you have only just started riding or are a more experienced rider who competes on a regular basis, there is always something for everyone,” she said.


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