Young equestrians on right track

High Point Junior Rider -Kayla Mannisto riding Pony-Up.

The Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation (CIEF) held its fourth and final dressage show of the season this past Sunday at the Equestrian Center located on the Linford Pierson Highway.

The judge, Nicola Vogel (USEF – R) who flew in for the show, is originally from England. Ms. Vogel said that she was impressed with the skills that were being taught on island and noted that the island’s youth riders are “on the right track to progress and excel in dressage.”

Highlights of the show include a strong second place finish in her very first horse show for newcomer, Alyssa Hislop in the USDF B Test, and double wins by Sydney Crowley and Abbey Swartz. Sydney Crowley also collected the Adult High Point Award for her performance on her horse, Calidad, riding at First Level Test 3, while Kayla Mannisto was named Junior High Point winner for riding Pony Up at Training Level Test 3.

Winners of each class in decreasing order of difficulty were:

Third Level Test 1 Alexandra Bodden riding Relation

Second Level Test 3 – Adult Anja van Genderen riding Joey

First Level Test 3 – Junior Abbey Swartz riding Blue Ridge Dream On

First Level Test 3 – Adult Sydney Crowley riding Calidad

First Level Test 2 – Adult Sydney Crowley riding Calidad

First Level Test 1 – Junior Abbey Swartz riding Blue Ridge Dream On

Training Level Test 3 – Kayla Mannisto riding Pony Up



Training Level Test 1 –


Leah Alberga riding Moon Lady

USDF C Test – Junior Ava Law riding Me and My Shadow

USDF B Test – Junior Marley Trench riding Snow White

Alyssa Hislop, at her first horse show ever, receive her rosette from judge, Nicky Vogel


Now that the final dressage show of the season is complete the CIEF is looking forward to naming Champions at each level of dressage at its annual awards dinner that is taking place at the end of this month. The 2018/19 show season will start up again in the Fall, and the calendar will be up on the CIEF website ( next month, and can be found under the Events tab.

The CIEF is the national governing body for equestrian sports in the Cayman Islands and is a recognized federation of the FEI, the global governing body for equestrian sport. The CIEF holds nine horse shows per year, which are open to all of its members.

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