BIEL Officials and Judge Jamie Stryker

Windsor Preparatory School Riding Team Wins Big!

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.

Windsor fielded its largest team ever, with veterans Elle O’Brien, Alexis Neymour and Isabella Coello being joined by first-time competitors Quintyn Bauemler and Katarina Coello. Coached by trainer Erika Adderley, the five riders turned in consistent, successful rides, amassing a winning total of 43 points to handily defeat the reigning champions, Lyford Cay International School.

BIEL shows are based on the format NCAA and IHSA competitions, in which riders “draw” the names of the horses they will ride, and therefore compete on potentially unknown horses with minimal preparation. The format is designed to prepare our riders for collegiate competition. The show was judged by Mr. Jamie Stryker of Morriston, FL.

23 riders competed in six teams, with results as follows:

  • 1st place – Windsor Preparatory School (43 points)
  • 2nd Place – Lyford Cay International School (32 points)
  • 3rd Place – Independent Team (28 points)
  • 4th Place – Queens College (21 points)
  • 5th place (tie) – St. Andrews School/ Lucaya International School (18 points)

Thanks to all riders and enthusiastic parents and supporters who came out for the Mariposa Jumper/Medal show on Saturday, and the BIEL show on Sunday! The next interschool equestrian competition will be held at Camperdown Equestrian Centre on Sunday, February 17, 2019. Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend.

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Sportsmanship and Talent on Display at the Annual Camperdown Horse Show

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.

The show was judged by Mr. Robert Robold, President of the East Coast Hunter-Jumper Association, owner of North Hammock Stables in Merritt Island, Florida, and USEF R-rated judge in Hunters, Jumpers and Equitation.

At the close of the show Judge Robold gave two special awards: Sara Gottberg and Amalia Good were co-winners of the High Point Rider award, given to the rider or riders earning the most points in their division. Mollie McDermott was the winner of the Tibri Sportsmanship Award – a surprising choice to some as Mollie did not compete in the show!

Judge Robold later explained his decision: “There were lots of kids who exhibited sportsmanship this weekend,” he said. “Mollie stood out to me because even though she was not riding in the show she came out to support her barn teammates, and to help bathe and care for the horses and put away equipment. That is the right kind of attitude for a rider as it shows an unselfish attitude, concern for the welfare of the animal, and a willingness to learn from the ringside. So she was my choice.”

Congratulations to Mollie, Sara, Amalia, and to all riders and trainers on goals achieved, lessons learned, and ribbons won! A great time was had by all. The next show of the Equestrian Bahamas competition calendar will be held on December 8 and 9, 2018, at Mariposa Stables in western New Providence. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend!

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EQUESTRIAN BAHAMAS AND PRINCETON EQUESTRIAN 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.

“We are very excited and proud to become partners with the Princeton Equestrian League, and to be able to provide our Federation members with this wonderful opportunity for additional exposure, competition and recognition amongst their equestrian peers abroad,” said Cathy Ramsingh-Pierre, President of Equestrian Bahamas.

The Equestrian Bahamas horse show season is now in full swing, with the next show being held on Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11, at Camperdown Equestrian Centre in Eastern New Providence. Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend.

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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!

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Cairo Modified Low Winner

Welcome Back Erika and Team Mariposa

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.

Our riders made their presence felt from the very first day, with Cairo Morrison riding Hannah Nelson’s El Dorado to victory in the $1,500 Modified Child/Adult Jumper (2′ 11″). Cairo and El Dorado went on to make it a double victory by winning the $3,500 Modified Child/Adult Jumper Classic! Katie and Elle demonstrated their improved equitation skills while riding their own mounts Dreamboat and Cisco, respectively. The team’s success was capped off by Sara Gottberg’s 8th placing in the Hudson Junior/Amateur Equitation Classic (3’3″), aboard Tori Mark’s Greystoke.

Congratulations again to Erika and all our riders! We look forward to seeing you all at Mariposa’s first show of the year on October 20-21!

 

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Queens College won the team event on the day and placed second overall in the Championship. From L-R: Team coach Kim Johnson, Hannah D'Aguilar, Peyton Wong, Mila Sands, Molly McIntosh.

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!

 

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At the Government House Awards ceremony: L-R: Erika Adderley-Coello, Trainer; Mr. Timothy Munnings, Director of Sports; Lila Nottage, Nominee; Mr. Derron Donaldson, Secretary-General, Bahamas Olympic Committee; Cathy Ramsingh-Pierre, President, Equestrian Bahamas.

Congratulations to Lila Nottage: Ministry of Youth, Sports & 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.

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!

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First BIEL Show of the year is a resounding success!

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.

 

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Sara Gottberg 4th place finalist in Marshall Sterling

Sara wins big with Team Mariposa at the 2017 Marshall & Sterling Finals

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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!

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High point riders Katie G and Nicholas A. CEC November 2017

2017-2018 Show Season Begins with a Bang!

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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!

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