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Equestrian Bahamas hopes that you and your loved ones remain safe and well in these challenging times. We remain dedicated to the safety and welfare of horses, athletes, trainers, staff, spectators and all those involved in the equine industry. As we find our way to the “new normal”, it is important to plan for the future. In this spirit of hope and progress, we would like to provide some important updates.
As we anticipate the gradual re-opening of lesson programs, we must do everything we can to mitigate the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Barns may take a different paths in their approaches to becoming fully operational, based on their needs and resources. We ask that you please respect and adhere to all barn-implemented policies regarding hygiene, apparel, scheduling, social distancing, etc., as these are guided by the applicable policies of world and domestic health authorities and supplemented with sport-specific considerations. Thank you for your co- operation in this regard.
The COVID-19 pandemic unceremoniously interrupted the 2019-2020 horse show season. Given the protracted nature of this interruption, the Equestrian Bahamas Horse Show Committee wishes to advise that the 2019-2020 horse show season has now officially ended. Further, members are advised of the following:
a) Point standings for all rated Hunter, Equitation and Jumper Divisions as of February 29, 2020, will be regarded as Final point standings for the 2019-2020 season.
b) Point standings for BIEL shows as of February 29, 2020, will be regarded as the final BIEL placings for the 2019-2020 season.
c) End of Year Awards for the 2019-2020 season in Hunter, Equitation and Jumper Divisions will be granted according to said point standings.
d) End of Year Awards for the 2019-2020 season in Hunter, Equitation and Jumper Divisions will be awarded separately from, but during the same ceremony as, the 2020-2021 End of Year Awards.
e) Annual Championships and Special Awards (such as the Bahamas Junior Classic Final, the BIEL Championship, and the Equestrian Bahamas Junior Sportsmanship Award) will not be awarded for the 2019-2020 show season.
f) No horse or rider will be allowed to carry or transfer division points, qualification status, or age eligibility for any prize, award or competition from the 2019-2020 season to the 2020-2021 season.
We regret any inconvenience to our members that this may cause, but we thank you for your consideration.
A final word of thanks must go out to all our barn managers, barn staff and other equine caregivers for their diligence during these past weeks. We appreciate you all!
The safety and welfare of our members and our horses must continue to be our top priority. In taking care of ourselves, our horses, and each other, we can all hope to be back in the saddle soon!
Cathy Ramsingh-Pierre, President
Dear Fellow Equestrian Bahamas Members,
Equestrian Bahamas is proud to announce a partnership between the Bahamas Interscholastic Equestrian Association (BIEL) and the US-based Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA). As of the 2020-2021 show season, The Bahamas has been designated as Region 13 of Zone 4 of the
IEA: the first international regional affiliate in that organization’s history!
Congratulations to Mrs. Erika Adderley-Coello of Mariposa Stables and Mrs. Kimberly Johnson of Camperdown Equestrian Centre on being appointed as Region President and Region Vice-President, respectively, for this newest Region of the IEA Zone 4.
BIEL and the IEA share a common mission of promoting equestrian sport to school-age riders by providing affordable competitive options as well as exposure to collegiate recruitment and educational opportunities, without the need for horse ownership. Based on a competition format that levels the playing field while maintaining affordability, BIEL and the IEA give riders the opportunity to develop their competitive skills in a fun, team-based format, while at the same time laying the foundation for competing at the collegiate level. As IEA members, BIEL riders will have access to multiple opportunities such as:
• Access to over $15,000 in IEA Founders College Scholarship Awards
• Enrolment in the USEF Equestrian College Search Program
• Opportunities to attend IEA clinics and complimentary memberships/benefits with select IEA partner organizations
• Competitive opportunities abroad, representing The Bahamas as Region 13 of IEA Zone 4!
Through BIEL and its affiliation as an IEA Region, Bahamian riders will have the opportunity each year to advance to IEA Zone Finals and possibly even National Finals, competing against riders from all over North America. The affiliation with the IEA has necessitated some restructuring of BIEL, but our mission and values remain the same: equestrian sport for all! We hope that you will choose to join us on this exciting journey. Here are some important things to note:
• All riders in Grades 5-12 who reside in The Commonwealth of the Bahamas can participate
• Riders must be members of Equestrian Bahamas and of the Interscholastic Equestrian League
• To participate you must be affiliated with a team – This MUST be done through your trainer…contact them now to express your interest!
To learn more, ask your trainer…or explore our updated website, including an informational flyer, the new BIEL Rule Book, links to the IEA website and more. In this partnership with the IEA we see a wonderful opportunity for our junior members to further explore the joys of competitive riding in a fun, team format while reaping multiple benefits. We encourage you to become involved!
As we return to riding Equestrian Bahamas encourages you to continue to adhere to mandated health and safety protocols in your barn and at large, to protect yourself and those around you. As a community we are strong and resilient, and together we will emerge from this crisis. Our world may well look different, but we will still be united by the love of the horses.
President Equestrian Bahamas
Equestrians Address Diversity in Sports
Against the backdrop of civil unrest being played out across North America in recent weeks, questions about underlying ideals and values and systemic discrimination are being raised… not only regarding race, but also in gender and in other forms. Athletes in various sports have spoken out on this topic. Last week, Equestrian Bahamas participated in a virtual Zoom discussion about diversity and inclusion in horse sports which was hosted by Heels Down Magazine
FEI Highlights The Bahamas’ Bright Future
Bahamian Rider Qualifies for World Championships
Bahamian rider Reine Pagliaro qualified for the 2021 Young Rider World Endurance Championships in Ermelo, The Netherlands, when she finished her second 120km/75 mile Endurance race at the Fun in the Sun Endurance competition held at Williston, FL, from March 13-15, 2020.
Team Bahamas Rocks at IEA Invitational!
Congratulations to the riders and coaches of Team Bahamas on their fantastic showing this past weekend at the IEA International Invitational in Conyers, Georgia. The team of 5 riders placed in 7 out of the 8 classes competed in, with results as follows:
Open Equitation Over Fences – Elle O’Brien – 6th place
Intermediate Equitation Under Saddle – Peyton Wong – 1st place
Intermediate Equitation Over Fences – Peyton Wong – 3rd place
Novice Equitation Over Fences – Mila Sands – 1st place
Novice Equitation Under Saddle – Mila Sands – 2nd place
Junior Varsity Beginner Equitation Walk, Trot, Canter – Maya Tilberg – 1st place
Junior Varsity Beginner Equitation Walk, Trot – Nicholas Astwood – 1st place
Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Welcomes Bahamas Youth Riders to Conyers for International Invitational
The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) along with the Bahamas Interschool Equestrian League (BIEL) – a division of Equestrian Bahamas recently held a selection trial in December in the Bahamas to select the top five Bahamian youth riders to compete at the IEA Hunt Seat Regional Finals in Conyers, Georgia on Saturday, February 15, 2020. The invitational competition, which is being held in conjunction with the IEA Zone 4/Region 1 Finals at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, marks the first time in its 18-year history that IEA has invited riders outside of the United States to compete with their riders. IEA is a national equestrian organization for riders in grades 4-12 with more than 14,500 members in 46 states. IEA utilizes a unique draw-based approach to competition whereby riders do not need to own a horse, but rather are given an unfamiliar mount and tack on which they compete with little to no warm-up time or practice.
EB Rider Certification
Are you ready?
• Explore the website
• Read the on-line study guide
• Find out testing dates
• Ask your trainer for more details
2020 – 2021 EB Rated Horse Show Dates*
|November 14-15, 2020||Camperdown Equestrian Centre||tbd|
|December 5, 2020||Mariposa Stables||tbd|
|January 23, 2021||Mariposa Stables||tbd|
|February 6, 2021||Camperdown Equestrian Centre||tbd|
|March 20-21, 2021||Camperdown Equestrian Centre||tbd|
|April 24-25, 2021||Camperdown Equestrian Centre||tbd|
|May 15, 2021||Camperdown Equestrian Centre||tbd|
2020 – 2021 BIEL Horse Show Dates*
|October 3-4, 2020||Show and Clinic, Mariposa Stables||tbd|
|December 6, 2020||Mariposa Stables||tbd|
|January 24, 2021||Mariposa Stables||tbd|
|February 7, 2021||Camperdown Equestrian Centre||tbd|
*Dates subject to change