T&T emerged the winner of the Caribbean Equestrian Association’s (CEA) Junior Show Jumping competition after accumulating 15 points to top teams from three other countries. Second was Cayman Islands with 13 points, followed by Barbados and Jamaica with 12 and five points, respectively.
The two-day event consisted of four jumping rounds and after day two of the event, T&T surged into the lead and accumulated enough points not only to win the event that weekend, but to emerge as overall winner.
T&T’s Adelle Stollmeyer performed superbly to top the 14 and under division, sharing the top position with Clare Schwapp from Jamaica. The champion of the 16 and under was Barbados rider Heather Walker in the fourth and final leg of the annual event which was held from December 8-9 at the Kingston Polo Club and Equestrian Centre in Jamaica.
Mariel Lanser (16 & Under) was the other rider for the T&T team for the Jamaica leg. She, along with Stollmeyer, represented T&T at the last CEA jumping event held in Trinidad. They were accompanied by national coach Patrice Stollmeyer.
In earlier legs of the CEA jumping competition, the respective teams set the tone for T&T’s final win. Chelsea Thomas and Adelle Stollmeyer placed third in the Barbados leg, Amber Thompson and Mariel Lanser placed second in Cayman Islands, and Lanser and Stollmeyer placed first on home ground at the Hidden Valley Stables, Santa Cruz.
The two-day event consisted of four jumping rounds and after day two of the event, T&T surged into the lead and accumulated enough points not only to win the event that weekend, but emerged the overall winners for the year 2012.
This is a borrowed-horse competition, where the riders have to ride 4 different horses over 4 different courses, and they only have 5 minutes to warm-up on these foreign horses before jumping. This gives the home team a distinct advantage, making this win for the overseas T&T team that much sweeter.
In both the the 16-and-under and 14-and-under categories, there were a few difficult horses, and the spectators were treated to some exciting and challenging rides by the young competitors.
When asked about the riders’ performances, coach Stollmeyer said, “I was very happy with T&T’s performance. They tried their very best, really kept their concentration, showed little signs of nerves and deserved their win.”
The dynamic duo of Lanser and Stollmeyer have done T&T proud, and they look forward to the much anticipated and exciting equestrian season next year. The TTEA has already begun planning for the World FEI Dressage Challenge to be held in March, and is actively looking for sponsorship for a variety of events and training. Anyone interested in contributing to the development of this sport may contact the TTEA at [email protected]