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Trio finish on top at Caribbean challenge

Standing triumphant: Dawn Fox, Angela Halloran-Smith and Suzette Sailsman together with FEI Judge Jeanne McDonald.  (Photograph by Andy Gibbs) 

A dominant Bermuda emerged victorious at this year’s Caribbean Equestrian Association Dressage Challenge.

The island’s team of Angela Halloran-Smith, Dawn Fox and Suzette Sailsman beat out competition from Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.

Angela Halloran-Smith, riding Finnomenal, also secured the overall highest score of all competitors with 74.537 per cent in the adult second level test three.

Also securing top individual scores in individual tests was Rebecca Bartoletti on Finnomenal in the adult first level test three with 70.500 per cent.

In the adult four level test four, Dawn Fox, on Landtango, claimed victory with a score of 69.162 per cent and also won the adult intermediate one with 71.395 per cent.

Bermuda’s junior team of Robin Stempel, riding Happy Feet, Candyce Martins, on Crème de la Crème, and Casey Truran, riding De La Vega, finished third in their competition.

The competition enables riders from the Caribbean Equestrian Association member countries to compete without having to travel. The event is judged by one official who travels to each of the competing islands to ensure the scoring is consistent.

This year’s International Federation for Equestrian Judge was Jeanne McDonald.