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!
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.
Director of Sports Mr. Timothy Munnings congratulated all nominees on their achievements in their respective sports, and noted the honour of being recognized as an Outstanding Athlete by each individual Federation.
Congratulations to Ms. Lila Nottage, our nominee for the 2017-2018 Outstanding Youth Athlete Award!
Congratulations to all riders, teams and coaches, and a big thank you to all parents, teachers and other supporters who came out to Camperdown Equestrian Centre last weekend for the year’s first BIEL show! Although we were sad that our friends from Lucaya International School were unable to make the event, CEC teemed with excitement and energy, with great riding and sportsmanship taking centre stage!
The BIEL-sponsored shows differ from EB’s regular shows in several important respects. They are team-oriented, free of charge to EB members, and feature a ‘horse-draw’ format in which riders are required to compete on potentially unknown horses with minimal preparation. Based on the format of NCAA and IHSA competitions, this process is fun and challenging, and designed to prepare our riders for collegiate competition!
25 riders competed in six teams, representing Lyford Cay International School, Queens College, St. Andrew’s School, Tambearly School, Windsor Preparatory School, and an Independent team comprised of St. Augustine’s College, Summit Academy and Homeschooled students. The show was judged by Jane Dow-Burt, a ‘R’ licenced USEF judge and President of the Westbrook Hunt Club in Westbrook, Connecticut. Judge Dow-Burt was impressed on many levels. She commended EB and BIEL for the smooth running of the show, noted the dedication and professionalism of our trainers, and above all commended the riders for their sportsmanship and positive attitudes!
At the end of the day the teams lined up proudly to receive their ribbons. Lyford Cay International School was the winning team, followed by St. Andrew’s School in second place and Queen’s College in third. Windsor Preparatory School and the Independent team tied for fourth place, followed by Tambearly School in sixth.
The regular EB horse show season continues with the Annual Rotary show on March 10-11. The next interschool equestrian competition will be held at Camperdown Equestrian Centre on April 28, 2018. Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend.
Congratulations to Sara Gottberg who faced down a competitive field of 63 riders to finish 4th in the 2’6″ Marshall and Sterling Children’s Medal Final in Saugerties, New York! Kudos to Trainer Erika Adderley-Coello and all her riders who qualified for a spot at the Finals of this prestigious event (Katie Farrington, Lila Nottage, Cairo Morrison, Taylor Haines and Sara Gottberg). Well done, Team Mariposa!
The first two shows of the year are now behind us, and riders have had the opportunity to practice a little bit of everything: Hunters, Equitation, and Jumper classes! Congratulations to Kathryn Goulandris and Nicholas Astwood, joint winners of the Equitation High Point Rider Award at the CEC November 2017 show. Congratulations also to Riley Harper, winner of the Tibri Judge’s Choice Sportsmanship Award. Our next show is the Mariposa Holiday Jumper Show, on Saturday, December 2, at Mariposa Stables. See you there!