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Thompson, Moll and Rahael shine at Super League 3
The T&T Equestrian Association held the third installment of its annual Super League competition at the Saddle Valley Stables in Santa Cruz on Sunday with 15-year-old Amber Thompson, riding Mr Wings, beating Mariel Lanser by a mere seven seconds in an exciting second round in the Mid League Division.
Three of T&T's top junior equestrians jumped over two tough courses with 12 jumping efforts in each course, to get points towards the year end Super League final to be held next month. Based on the Federation Equestre Internationale's (FEI) World Jumping Challenge, Category B, both rounds were set at a maximum height of 1.05m.
Adelle Stollmeyer, riding the 18-year-old part Arab gelding, “Dream Weaver”, had one refusal at an oxer jump, amassing four faults and two time faults. Next in the ring was Lanser on the Barbadian warm blood, “Miramis”, who also had a refusal for four faults. Thompson was next on the TTSPCA rescued race-horse “Mr Wings” and the pair had a picture perfect clear first round. The second round in the Super League Mid League class is “against the clock” in that if there is an equality of faults over both rounds, the rider with the fastest time in this round will be the winner.
Once again, Stollmeyer and “Dream Weaver” were the first to go, improving on their first round with one knockdown, getting just four faults, and a total of ten faults over the two rounds. Lanser and “Miramis” were next in the ring, also improving with a lovely clear round in the time of 68.5 seconds. Their total for both rounds was four faults.
Thompson and “Mr Wings” once again went very well taking some inside turns to get a better time but unfortunately knocked down a rail for the accumulated result of four faults. However, Thompson’s time in the second round was an excellent 61.5 seconds, therefore beating Lanser by seven seconds.
Adult rider Sandhya Moll was very happy to return with “The Sultan”, who had been out of competition for more than a year. She took the top position in the Low League seniors, jumping heights of .85m. In the Low League juniors, Hadley Rahael on “Waiting at the Front”, had double clear rounds to win over Brynn English on her new mount, “Nobil LX” who accumulated six faults. Jordanne Brown on “Eye See Dee” was unfortunately eliminated in both rounds for two refusals.
They came back to get the impressive two clear rounds in the .60m level with Sydney Navarro on “Morocco” riding one clear round and one round with four faults, and Michelle Sabga-Aboud riding “Starlight” also doing the same in her very first jumping competition.
The day was a pleasant and fun family day with a mini fair and pony rides for the children. The TTEA was most grateful for the lovely hamper which Nestle donated, which was raffled to raise funds for the association. There was even a Dressage Equitation display as well, with another new rider Gabrielle Marhue, achieving an impressive score of 65 percent for this first time competitor, on “The Sultan”.
The TTEA’s Super League final is carded for Sunday, November 17.
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