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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
Sportsmanship and Talent on Display at the Annual Camperdown Horse Show.
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The second horse show of the Equestrian Bahamas 2018-2019 show season took place this past weekend at Camperdown Equestrian Centre. The show was a two-day event: Saturday’s classes featured the crowd-pleasing speed jumping events, while on Sunday the focus was on Equitation classes which emphasize style and technique. Riders competed at all levels, from Future Champions in Lead Line right up to the 3-foot level.
Equestrian Bahamas and Princeton League establish partnership.
Equestrian Bahamas is proud to announce the establishment of a partnership with the Princeton Equestrian League based in Princeton, New Jersey. The Princeton Equestrian League was founding by the owner of Princeton Show Jumping, Andrew Philbrick, and is dedicated to providing high-quality competitions for Hunter, Equitation and Jumper riders of all levels. The League provides an opportunity to riders to compete at member shows throughout the year, gain points towards year-end awards, and qualify for the prestigious Princeton Equestrian League National Finals at Princeton Show Jumping in Skillman, New Jersey.
First Show of the Year A Resounding Success!
Last weekend’s show at Mariposa Stables served notice that the 2018-2019 year is underway with a bang! Spectators were treated to stylish performances by our junior equestrians, from our Future Champions in Lead Line right up to the 3-foot level. The show was judged by Mrs. Linda Mancini, USEF R-rated judge in Hunters, Jumpers and Equitation, and owner of Winners Circle Farm in Warwick, New York. Congratulations to all riders and trainers on goals achieved, lessons learned, and ribbons won! Thanks also to the many parents and supporters who shared with us the wonderful images below. Enjoy, and see you next month at the Camperdown Equestrian Centre show!
Welcome back Erika and Team Mariposa!
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Welcome home to Erika and Team Mariposa after a very successful outing at the 2018 Marshall and Sterling Finals in Saugerties, NY. Congratulations to Elle O’Brien, Katie Goulandris, Cairo Morrison and Sara Gottberg for their achievement in qualifying for this year’s Finals, which were held from September 12-16, 2018. The riders were accompanied by our own Erika Adderley as coach, along with trainer Natalie Johnson Russell of Oakmore Equestrian Inc. from Orlando, Florida.
Riders Sport Winning Colours at the 2nd Annual BIEL Championship!
A big thanks to all riders, parents and coaches who contributed to the 2nd Annual BIEL Championship event a resounding success. We were happy to welcome back the Lucaya International School team from Freeport, Grand Bahama! Congratulations to the Queens College Team which outscored LCIS by one point to win Sunday’s team competition. Of course ultimate congratulations must go to the Lyford Cay International School team for successfully defending their title as overall Champions of the Interschool League! Well done everyone…see you next year!
Congratulations to Lila Nottage: Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture Outstanding Youth Award Nominee
The nation’s sporting community was all smiles as officials gathered at Government House on Friday, February 16, 2018, for the Outstanding Youth Awards ceremony, held under the patronage of the Governor-General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, GCMG. Minister of Youth Sports and Culture the Honourable Michael Pintard spoke of the five pillars of focus for Sport in the Bahamas: as a vehicle to promote discipline and teamwork; as an agent to promote healthy lifestyle; as a mechanism to produce elite and professional athletes; as an opportunity for sport and scholastic advancement through scholarship, and a means to create employment opportunities.
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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