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Welcome to the 2023-2024 competition season. Now is the time to join or renew your membership in Equestrian Bahamas. We look forward to an exciting year of competition, education, development and above all, fun!
Equestrian Bahamas embraces every level of rider and all fans of equestrian sport. Through engagement with our partner organizations such the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI), the Caribbean Equestrian Association (CEA), Princeton Equestrian League (PEL) and the Marshall & Sterling (M&S) League, our members have access to a wide range of competitive and educational opportunities.
Junior riders can participate in our Bahamas Interscholastic Equestrian League (BIEL) show series: fun, team-based competitions which provide experience under the intercollegiate competition format. If you want to ride in college, BIEL shows are a must!
Importantly, your membership also helps to further EB’s mission of making equestrian sport accessible to a broader spectrum of Bahamian youth. We look forward to the launch of our FEI Solidarity Project: “Touch a Horse, Touch a Life” in January 2024.
Our first event of the year features the reintroduction of the discipline of Dressage, starting with the Caribbean Equestrian Association’s (CEA) 2023 Mini Dressage Challenge and followed by a Dressage Clinic with FEI Level IV Judge Mr. Cesar Torrente (September 29 – October 1). If you wish to participate in this exciting weekend, be sure to renew your membership in advance, by September 15, 2023. Be sure to speak with your trainer to learn more about how to sign up for, and participate in, the fantastic opportunities available on this special weekend!
We invite members to explore our action-packed calendar of competitions, clinics and social events, and to follow us on social media. Check out our proposed calendar of events for 2023-2024 under the Events tab, and remember to review the EB Code of Ethics, available under the Resources tab.
Calling all volunteers – we are always happy to welcome helping hands! Please contact your trainer if you are interested in becoming a more active part of our team!
Membership fees may be made via online transfer. Please note the name of the EB member(s) on whose behalf the payment is being made. Please direct any questions regarding membership payments to Mrs. Sabrina Wong at [email protected] If you are a horse owner, remember that only registered horses may compete for End of Year points.
Thank you for your support. We look forward to a fantastic year in equestrian sport!
2023 Caribbean Equestrian Association Mini Jumping Challenge
Riders braved stormy weather to compete in the Bahamas leg of the 2023 Caribbean Equestrian Association Mini Jumping Challenge, meet Bahamian Show Jumper Millie Vlasov and get a chance to see what a 1.50m jump really looks like! Thanks to Moonstone Stables for hosting the event. Congratulations to Team Bahamas members Gabriella Moran, Sienna Jones and Alexis Osazuwa!
Fei Coaching Course A Success
FEI Tutor Jaime Morillo led two fantastic days of learning and fellowship in the FEI Introduction to Olympic Disciplines Coaching Course, held at Mariposa Stables. Congratulations to the six local coaches and three visitors from Bermuda and Cayman Islands who participated. Local coaches who successfully completed the programme included Erika Adderley, Mickael Baillieux, Frances Doyle, Kimberly Johnson, Amber Lleida, and Danielle Lowe. Thank you also to our demonstration riders and all sponsors and supporters who made the event a success.
A successful weekend of learning
Mariposa Monarchs won the hotly contested fall BIEL show at Mariposa Stables by just one point!
Mariposa Monarchs 1st – 40 points.
CEC Blue Marlins 2nd – 39 points.
Mariposa Gold Drops 3rd – 38 points
CEC Sand Dollars 4th – 35 points.
Congratulations to all riders who received their certificates for successfully completing Rider Certification Exams.
VLASOV FINISHES HIGH IN OLIVA GRAND PRIX, CONTINUES QUEST FOR PARIS
Millie Vlasov aboard Gulliver du Saint-Chene turned in an impressive performance in the CSI3* 1.50m Grand Prix at the MET Autumn Tour II in Oliva, Spain, finishing 12th out of 50 rider/horse combinations from 19 countries.
Millie and Gullie were unfazed by the rainy conditions on course, navigating Swiss Course Designer Gerard Lachat’s twisting track of 13 obstacles the course in a fast time of 73.80 seconds and going nearly clear until dropping an unlucky rail at Fence #11. Although the dropped rail meant that they could not advance to the jump off, the pair finished on four faults with the 5th fastest time in the first round. In the end this was good enough for 12th place, a share of the prize money, and most importantly, an opportunity to earn more of the ranking points needed to earn a qualifying spot to represent The Bahamas in Equestrian Show Jumping at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.
In Olympic Equestrian sport there are limited slots allocated to Individual athletes, based on their position in the FEI Longines Rankings as determined by their performance in major show jumping competitions in the calendar year. With just a few weeks left in the year to amass more points, Millie is one of a dozen individual athletes in FEI Olympic Groups D and E (North, Central and South America) vying for one of these coveted slots. Nonetheless she remains determined, saying: “It’s my dream to represent The Bahamas at the Olympics. It’s a challenge but I’m up to it!”
A successful weekend of learning
Our first Educational Weekend of the season was a rousing success! The weekend began on Friday evening with a Parent Education Clinic featuring a presentation and Q&A session by prominent Equestrian Canada Senior Show Judge Di Langmuir. On Saturday and Sunday, riders from CEC and Mariposa tried their hands at EB’s rigorous Rider Certification process.
This is the first of several Educational Weekends planned for the season. Watch this space, results will be online next week!
DRESSAGE IS BACK. BAHAMAS TAKES ON CARIBBEAN IN CEA MINI DRESSAGE CHALLENGE
Dressage is back in The Bahamas in style with a fantastic competition held at Mariposa Stables on September 30, 2023. Well done to all and a huge thank you to all parents, sponsors, volunteers and officials, especially FEI 4* Judge Mr. Cesar Torrente (COL).
Special applause to riders Lorrinda Maura (Adult Training Level 1), Gabriella Moran (Adult Introductory Level B), and Katerina Coello (Childrens Introductory Level C) who posted scores of 70% or more.
Above all, congratulations to those whose scores make up the Team Bahamas entry to the CEA Mini Dressage Challenge:
- TEAM BAHAMAS (Childrens) – Katerina Coello, Sennen Fitzmaurice, Ella Saidi.
- TEAM BAHAMAS (Adults) – Erika Adderley, Danielle Lowe, Lorrinda Maura.
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