Halloween horse fun

Megan Duval rode her own horse ‘Lilly’ for a double clear round and into 4th place

Halloween came early this year in Savannah, when almost 40 riders dressed in the spookiest of costumes participated in the first Cayman Riding School show jumping event of the season on 13 September 2018.

The day started with 13 novice riders competing in the cross rail class. Many riders were competing for the first time but all successfully negotiated the show jumping course.

The event then moved to the larger competition arena where riders competed in a clear round jumping class. This class is aimed at introducing riders to competing and the more technically challenging show jumping courses. The height of jumps started at 0.5m and increased throughout the day to 1.0m. All horse and riders who negotiated the jump course without making any mistakes were awarded a rosette.

“We had 12 riders competing in the 0.5m class for the first time,” said Tracey Rose, owner and riding instructor at Cayman Riding School.

George Smith competed on Beanie for the first time for a double clear round.

“It is extremely encouraging to see the improvement in so many of our young riders,” she said. “And even more encouraging that nearly all our the younger riders completed the course without making any mistakes.”

The last event of the day was a ‘0.8m Open Jumping Class’ with 11 riders participating. The course was designed to increase in difficulty with a very technical last element, which was designed to really challenge the horse and riders riding skills.

All riders successfully negotiated this last element and those riders who jumped a clear round (i.e. without making any mistakes or knocking down a fence in the earlier section of the course) went through to a ‘jump off’ where riders had to tackle a shorter and even more challenging ‘jump off course’. The horse and rider who negotiated the shortened course in the fastest time was deemed the winner.

Eva Muspratt riding Star won the class narrowly beating Paula Daniels riding Second Kiss into second place.

The next show at Cayman Riding School on Hirst Road is scheduled for Sunday 11 November. Entrance is free and spectators are welcome.


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