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Welcome to the 2022-2023 competition season! Whether you are a lifelong enthusiast or just beginning to discover the joy and fulfilment of riding, now is the time to join or renew your membership in Equestrian Bahamas – the recognized National Federation for equestrian sport in The Bahamas.
Membership in EB opens vistas of opportunity for exposure and education at every level. Through engagement with our partner organizations worldwide, the Federation affords athletes, coaches, officials and supporting members access to a wide range of competitive and educational opportunities for learning and growth as an equestrian. Your membership also helps to further EB’s mission of making equestrian sport accessible to a broader spectrum of Bahamian youth.
EB has many exciting events, competitions and clinics planned for this season. As the newest member of the Caribbean Equestrian Association (CEA), we look forward to joining our fellow Caribbean nations in regional equestrian competitions, while continuing our partnership with other organizations such as the Princeton Equestrian League and the Marshall & Sterling League. School aged riders may continue to participate in our Bahamas Interscholastic Equestrian League show series: fun, team-based competitions which provide practical experience in the intercollegiate competition format. Be sure to speak with your trainer to learn more about how to sign up for, and participate in, the fantastic opportunities available!
Please note that due to circumstances beyond our control, we will not actively participate in the US-based IEA competitions this year. (Please contact Zone 4 Region 13 President Erika Adderley or Vice-President Kimberly Johnson if you have further questions.)
To learn more about EB and our calendar of events for 2022-2023, please explore our website. Please remember to review the EB Code of Ethics, available under the Resources tab of our Horse Shows page . Updated Rule Books and Class Specifications and a full competition calendar are available.
Membership payments may be made through your trainer (cheques should be made payable to Equestrian Bahamas), or by direct deposit. Your trainer will be able to provide banking details. If paying online, please note the name of the EB member on whose behalf the payment is being made. Please direct any questions regarding membership payments to Mrs. Sabrina Wong at [email protected]
Please note that the competition scheduled for October 1-2, 2022, at Mariposa Stables, has been
cancelled due to uncertain weather conditions. Our first event therefore will be the CEA Educative Event from October 20-23, at Camperdown Equestrian Centre. This initiative will include Officials’ training, the inaugural CEA Mini Jumping Challenge, and an Equitation “Judge on the mic” competition and clinic. Stay tuned for more information!
Thank you for your support. We look forward to a fantastic year in equestrian sport!
CEC BLUE MARLINS WIN BIEL SPRING SHOW
Congratulations to all riders who participated in the Bahamas Interscholastic Equestrian League Spring Term Show, especially Trainer Kim Johnson and the members of the winning CEC Blue Marlins Team! The horse show year is over! It’s time to:
- THANK your parents
- THANK your trainer
- CLEAN your tack
- HUG your horse!!!!
See you all at the End of Year Awards at Balmoral House on May 27th!!!
Kacy Lyn Smith is Leading Junior Jumper at Lexington Spring Premiere
Bahamian rider Kacy Lyn Smith had a stellar showing at the Lexington Spring Premiere last
weekend, riding her two horses Chicago M. and Costbar 2 to multiple high placings and being named
as the Overall Leading Junior Jumper of the competition.
Showjumpers haul in the ribbons at Ocala Spring Classic
A trio of Bahamian equestrians showed off their showjumping skills at the Ocala Spring Classic 3
competition, held at the Florida Horse Park. Ella Saidi, Katerina Coello and Amber Lleida made their
presence felt from the first day of the competition, jumping clear rounds in fast times to win blue
ribbons in their respective divisions.
Moving on up: Kacy Lyn Smith and Chicago M ride their first CSI 1* at Live Oak Spectacular in Ocala.
Mariposa Gold Drops Win a Tight BIEL Competition
Just 6 points separated the top 3 teams in Sunday’s BIEL show, held at Camperdown Equestrian Centre! The final results were:
- 1st place – Mariposa Gold Drops – 45 points
- 2nd place – Mariposa Monarchs – 40 points
- 3rd place – CEC Blue Marlins – 39 points
- 4th place – CEC Sand Dollars – 25 points
Congratulations to all who participated and thank you to all our fabulous volunteers who helped to make the show a success!
Congratulations to all Princeton Equestrian League Finalists
Riders who finished in the top 8 in their division in the 2022 Princeton Equestrian League Competitions were presented with their ribbons, certificates and prizes yesterday at the close of the BIEL show. The Princeton Equestrian League is contested by hundreds of riders over dozens of shows all over North America. Equestrian Bahamas members who are also PEL members are eligible to win awards in their respective divisions. Congratulations to:
- Sienna Jones (not shown) – Champion
- Connor Watkins and Arielle Arthur – Tied Reserve Champion
- Anouk Formige – 3rd place
- Hannah Ritchie – 4th place
- Hannah D’Aguilar/Ella Saidi – Tied 6th place
Mini Stirrup Equitation
- Marlo Pinder – 8th place
Modified Rider (2’3″)
- Alexis Osazuwa – Reserve Champion
- Connor Watkins – 4th place
Katerina Coello Posts Top Score in the 2022 CEA Mini Jumping Challenge
The Caribbean Equestrian Association (CEA) announced the results of its 2022 Mini Jumping Challenge, with Bahamian rider Katerina Coello winning the top overall individual score. Over 40 riders across the Caribbean competed in the 2022 CEA Mini Jumping Challenge (MJC). Each leg of the Challenge was held in a different country, allowing athletes to compete on their own horses over a pre-set jump course contested at three different heights: Class A (0.50 metres), Class B (0.60 metres) and Class C (0.70 metres.)
The Bahamas joined the CEA in February 2022 and held its first MJC event in October 2022, at Camperdown Equestrian Centre. The jumping rounds were judged on the concept of “Optimum time”, designed to give riders an understanding of the correct speed at which a show jumping course should be ridden under international rules. The order of finish in each class was dictated by how closely the rider’s time matched the “Optimum time” of the course.
Under these conditions The Bahamas’ Katerina Coello (riding TGIF of Mariposa Stables) was nearly perfect, finishing just 0.02 seconds off the Optimum time and edging out Barbados’ Kai Cook-Johnson by three-hundredths of a second, to be named the top scorer of the MJC.
Besides posting the top individual score overall, Coello, aged 14, was also named the individual winner of Height Class C. Bahamian teammates Storm D’Arville and Ella Saidi were also named as finalists in that height class, finishing 4th and 6th respectively. While dominating the top Class C, Team Bahamas fared less well in the lower height Classes A and B, with the result that overall in the team competition, The Bahamas placed third behind Bermuda and Barbados. For full results of the MJC 2022 see here
Mariposa Gold Drops Win First BIEL Show of the Year!
Congratulations to all BIEL riders for a great show! 1st place: Mariposa Gold Drops; 2nd place Mariposa Monarchs; 3rd place CEC Sand Dollars; 4th place CEC Blue Marlins
Vlasov Savours Grand Prix Victory
Sunday was a fun day for Anna Camille Vlasov and her Belgian Warmblood gelding Gulliver du Saint-Chȇne as they blazed to victory in the 1.40m Grand Prix competition on the final day of the Mediterranean Equestrian Tour in Oliva, Spain.
CoVlasov and Gulliver were only one of two pairs to ride double clear rounds over French course designer Eddy Castillon’s challenging track. A crisp first round in 74.23 seconds put them atop the leaderboard after the first round. A fast, careful effort in the jump off kept them there, as Vlasov went clear in 39.40 seconds to hold off the only other double clear combination – Great Britain’s Joanne Whitaker, aboard Meriarta – beating them by just 0.98 seconds. Carlos Borho Gifon and Esprit de L’Esprit Z of Spain were third.
Vlasov will continue to compete in Europe over the next few months as she prepares for her next goal: to represent The Bahamas at the CAC Games in 2023.
CEA and EB certify first Jumping Officials ever; hold Inaugural CEA Mini Jumping Challenge
What a weekend! Thank you to all who participated in the Caribbean Equestrian Association (CEA) Educational Tour and to all the competitors in the inaugural Bahamas leg of the CEA Mini Jumping Challenge. Congratulations especially to Erika Adderley, D’Yanndria Saunders-Curry, Kimberly Johnson, Dr. Amanda Pinder, Cathy Ramsingh-Pierre and Carrie Saidi on achieving certification as CEA Jumping Officials. A HUGE THANK YOU to our clinicians, Heidi Mello, President of the Caribbean Equestrian Association, and Colleen Hoffman, FEI Level 3 Jumping Judge, of Spruce Meadows, Canada.
Congratulations also to those fifteen riders who made history by riding in the inaugural Bahamas leg of the CEA Mini Jumping Challenge. Results were tallied for individuals in each class, and for The Bahamas as a team, and will then be ranked against riders from other CEA member islands. The MJC is run in each CEA member country over the course of the calendar year, after which overall results from the region are tallied and awards distributed.
CEA President Mello had strong words of encouragement for all involved, saying, “As President of the Caribbean Equestrian Association, I have seen many firsts for Equestrian Bahamas. This is their first year as members of the CEA…their first time competing in the CEA Mini Jumping Challenge…and [their] first officials to be regionally credentialed. Equestrian Bahamas has a great future in both international and national equestrian sport. I wish them every success to obtain their reachable goals.”
Big thank you to Camperdown Equestrian Centre for hosting the event, and to the Bahamas Olympic Committee, Blanco Bleach and Fox Hill Nursery for their support in making the event such a success!
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