Eighteen dressage riders from the Barbados Equestrian Association have made the cut for this year’s overall Caribbean Challenge.
Among them are veteran equestrian and champion rider Roberta Foster, and the decorated Tammy Pinto.
Last weekend, 35 riders engaged in heavy competition at the Congo Road Stables, St Philip, for the annual Cargo BGI/Southern Palms Caribbean Equestrian Association Dressage Challenge, where winners in six categories will also represent the island later this year.
International judge, Cesar Torrente, who has not been on the island for over three years, said he was overwhelmed at the high level of performance on display, and noted the improvement was enormous.
On Saturday, the riders endured tests at various levels from Beginners straight through to Grand Prix, which was performed by Foster on her trusted mount Chichic, along with Mackenzie Manning and Ruveyda, who are all hoping to qualify for next year’s Central American and Caribbean Games.
Meanwhile, Sunday saw the highest number of freestyle tests performed by the riders, from Intermediate 1 to Introductory level.
Adults team: Roberta Foster on Holiday, Mackenzie Manning on Ruveyda and Emily Kinch on Alkoro.
Adults Freestyle team: Roberta Foster on Holiday, Mackenzie Manning on Ruveyda, Tammy Pinto on Valentino.
Children Team: Marlie Pinheiro on Man in Black, Isla Domenge on Vanity and Rylee Pinheiro on Clover Lucky Chance.
Children Freestyle Team: Marlie Pinheiro on Man in Black, Isla Domenge on Vanity and Maxence de Leusse on Royal Diadem.
Mini CEA Team: Ivy Rosentreter on Gargamel, Jessie Galbraith on Little Man and Emily Dickenson on Merry.
Mini Freestyle Team: Taylor Foster on Clover Lucky Chance, Jessie Galbraith on Little Man and Erin Skinner on Galway Girl. (PR)