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Welcome to the 2018-2019 horse show season! We look forward to a year of continued growth, development and achievement in Equestrian sport in the Bahamas. Our emphasis continues to be on developing programs which foster participation and inclusion of all riders, and on encouraging and rewarding excellence in achievement.
Equestrian sport continues to grow in The Bahamas, a growth that is reflected in the evolved prize list most shows will offer this year. Thanks to the excellence of our training programs and the improved visibility of the sport we are seeing tremendous growth in the sport at the entry level: our “Future Champions”! As a result, this year’s shows will feature a revamped prize list presenting a more diverse range of opportunities for beginner riders to test their skills in the show ring. Higher-level divisions will continue to be offered as our more advanced riders continue to hone their skills. Like last year’s shows, the emphasis will be on Equitation and Jumpers, in keeping with our aspirations to provide competitive opportunities abroad for our riders. Check out our horse show calendar, and mark your dates early!
Growth in our sport may also be evinced in the increased numbers of young riders who are choosing the challenging and rewarding path of horse ownership. We have welcomed several new horses to the island since the spring and summer, and look forward to more arriving this autumn! Congratulations to each and every one of these new horse owners!
EB remains committed to extending Equestrian sport into the grassroots of Bahamian athletics through the Bahamas Interschool Equestrian League. The BIEL program has grown each year in popularity, and this year we are proud to offer for the first time three shows under this format, in addition to the regular “Rated” shows. BIEL is an important component in EB’s efforts to make equestrian competition more accessible and affordable for all: we look forward to an even more competitive year of exciting interschool competition, conducted under a college-type draw format and enjoyed by all!
EB is equally committed to fostering horsemanship in our members, and to this end the EB Rider Certification Program will be reintroduced this year, with certification opportunities in December and in April. Through the Rider Certification Program young riders gain recognition for mastery of theoretical knowledge as well as practical skills. In addition, through our partnerships with the Bahamas Olympic Committee, the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI), and other international equestrian organizations, EB will continue to explore training and development opportunities for member riders and coaches.
EB membership is for all those who love horses and are inspired by equestrian sport. The deadline for membership dues for the upcoming year is October 1, 2018. If you have not yet submitted your EB membership renewal or application for the 2018-2019 year, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible. Please note that in order for points to count toward divisions and medals, all memberships (horses and riders) must be paid before the first show at Mariposa on October 20, 2018. Points will not be assigned retroactively to late payments. To arrange payment of your membership dues please contact Mrs. Beth Nottage at [email protected] Cheques should be made payable to Equestrian Bahamas.
Finally, we look forward to seeing you all at this year’s Annual General Meeting, scheduled for October 17, 2018. The AGM is an opportunity for every EB member to become more involved in the goals of our Federation and the development of our sport. We value your participation, and your voice, while your contribution helps to provide us with the resources we need to continue to promote and develop equestrian sport in The Bahamas. Thank you again for your support!
President, Equestrian Bahamas
Congratulations to Molly McIntosh, Junior Sportsmanship Award Winner…and to all 2018-2019 End of Year Award recipients!
Riders, trainers and parents came out to celebrate this year’s achievements at the 2018-2019 End of Year Awards Ceremony. Special recognition goes to the following high point award winners:
• Hunter Horse of the Year: Dreamboat (owner: Kathryn Goulandris)
• Hunter Pony of the Year: Trade Secret (owner: CEC)
• Jumper Horse of the Year: Casino Royale (owner: Erika Adderley)
• Jumper Pony of the Year: Trade Secret (owner: CEC)
• Junior High Point RIders: Lila Cafferata and Sara Gottberg (tie)
• Junior Sportsmanship Award winner: Molly McIntosh
Check out the photo gallery to see all our proud award winners. Thanks to all members and supporters for another fantastic year!
QC wins final horse show of the year – but LCIS repeats as Series Champions
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A strong Queens College team rode to victory for the first time ever in last Saturday’s Bahamas Interschool Equestrian League horse show, the final event of the BIEL competition season. However QC’s strong showing was not enough to unseat the Lyford Cay International School team in the overall standings. For the third year in a row the LCIS team and coach Erika Adderley successfully defended their status as Champions of the Interschool Series.
CEC Spring Show a Success!
Relax Jack and Shiloh Cox were Champions in the Cross Rail Hunter Division.
Riders Jump for Joy at February BIEL show
Congratulations and thanks to all who participated, spectated, and otherwise supported Equestrian Bahamas at the recent Jumper/Medal show and Bahamas Interschool Equestrian League Competition at Camperdown last weekend. Congratulations to Lyford Cay International School for winning Sunday’s team competition!
The show was judged by the super-knowledgeable, ultra-personable Creigh Duncan of Princeton, New Jersey. Judge Duncan not only did a wonderful job of judging the show, but also treated riders, coaches and parents to a fantastic post-show judging clinic, in which she praised riders for their efforts, gave advice for technical improvements, and shared a compelling and educational insight into the thought process of the competition judge.
The overall results were as follows: 1st place – Lyford Cay International School; 2nd place – Queens College; 3rd place – Independent team; 4th place – Windsor Preparatory School; 5th place – St. Andrews School; 6th place – Tambearly School. No matter the overall placings, it was a fun and educational day for all as riders celebrated with their team mates. The photo above says it all: it was a day worth jumping for joy!
Rain or Shine, the show goes on at Mariposa
Thanks to all who braved the weather for our first Hunter Show this weekend at Mariposa Stables. Although Saturday was a wash, Sunday dawned bright and beautiful! Congratulations to all exhibitors, and thanks as always to the dedicated trainers, ring crew and volunteers who make it happen! We look forward to seeing everyone at the Annual Camperdown Jumper/Medal Show on February 16…and at the Bahamas Interschool Equestrian League event on February 17!
Windsor Preparatory School Riding Team Wins Big!
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The first horse show of the Bahamas Interschool Equestrian League 2018-2019 season held last Sunday at Mariposa Stables took a surprising turn when the Windsor Preparatory School Team emerged as the overall victors, unseating 2-time champions Lyford Cay International School.
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2018 – 2019 EB Rated Horse Show Dates
• Mariposa Stables: Oct 20 – Oct 21 (Jumper/Equitation)
• Camperdown Equestrian Centre : Nov 10 – 11 (Equitation/Jumper)
• Mariposa Stables : Dec 8 (Jumper/Medal)
• Mariposa Stables: Jan 26 – 27 (Equitation/Hunter)
• Camperdown Equestrian Centre : Feb 16 (Jumper/Medal)
• Camperdown Equestrian Centre : Mar 23 -24 (Hunter/Equitation)
2018 – 2019 Bahamas Interschool Equestrian League Show Dates
• Mariposa Stables : Dec 9
• Camperdown Equestrian Centre : Feb 17
• Camperdown Equestrian Centre : May 4