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T&T second in Caribbean equestrian
T&T’s team of Patrice Stollmeyer, Anja Taylor and Amy Costelloe placed second in the recent Caribbean Equestrian Association’s Mini Dressage competition at the Saddle Valley Stables on June 7.
T&T scored 69.69, 67.20 and 66.60 respectively, for a combined score of 203.49 which placed them behind Bermuda (210.08). Barbados (200.34) was third.
The other competing country was Cayman Islands.
Stollmeyer, having had her personal best in 2013, with the highest score ever recorded by a T&T team member of 75.17 per cent, placed first in the first level test three division. Ambriel Weatherly, now attending university abroad, was second on “Takeover”, with 63.54, while Nikki Chatoor-Grainger on “Unbridled Dream” with 60.80 was third and Franka Costelloe fourth on “Viking Thunder” with 60.32.
Taylor and Costelloe competed in the training level test three for adults, and Taylor placed first with Costelloe second. Stollmeyer had obtained the adult high score of the day giving her the champion rider adult title, and Taylor with the second highest adult score, is the reserve champion adult.
In the children’s division, Brynn English was first in the 1st level test three on “Nobil LX”, and first in the training level test three with a score of 69.40, giving her the champion rider title for the juniors. Reserve was Sydney Navarro on “Unbridled Dream”, and the third and fourth positions went to Hadley Rahael on “Zeus” and Michelle Sabga-Aboud on “Takeover”.
Rahael and Sabga-Aboud will travel to Massachusetts in August for the Children of the Americas Dressage International (CADI) competition, and Rahael took the opportunity to showcase her freestyle dressage, earning a score of 64.46 on “Zeus”.
The riders in this competition hailed from three of the country’s leading stables; Goodwin Heights, Saddle Valley Stables and Stollmeyer Stables. Just prior to the competition, the Florida-based dressage trainer, Greta Wrigley was brought to T&T specifically to prepare the riders. Many of them earned their personal bests.
The competition was judged by Jeanne McDonald, who traveled to each territory during a two-month period. McDonald is an FEI “I” and USEF “S” dressage Judge, a USDF/USEF dressage judge and a USDF bronze, silver, and gold medalist.
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