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Riders to challenge themselves against best

Bermuda will compete in the Caribbean Equestrian Association Regional Jumping Challenge on Sunday at the National Equestrian Centre.

One of the primary goals of the CEA is to encourage equestrian activities within the region by promoting international and intra-Caribbean events.

Adults and children will compete over two specific rounds of jumping at three different heights.

This competition is unique as there is no distinction between age and gender. Adults and children, males and females all have the opportunity to compete against each other.

Most importantly this competition provides an excellent opportunity for local riders to compete internationally without leaving Bermuda.

• The Bermuda Dressage Group held its first competition of the season at the National Equestrian Centre on Vesey Street at the weekend.

Twenty-nine entries led to a busier than usual competition, with the riders' ages ranging from 11 to 80-years-old.

Harriet Richold, competing on her horse Sight Unseen, was at the top end of the age spectrum.

The pair, who often ride with the Bermuda Hunt Club, made their debut in the dressage arena for judge Sarah Ruberry.

Richold and Sight Unseen scored two very respectable scores of 59.565 per cent in Training Level Test 1 and 57½ per cent in Training Level Test 2.

The highest score for the adults went to Angela Halloran-Smith riding Rebecca Bartoletti's Finnomenal AV, a Hanoverian Oldenburg cross with 68.281 per cent in FEI Medium Level.

The highest score for the juniors was 67.833 per cent achieved by Casey Truran and his horse De Le Vega, an Oldenburg, in the FEI Elementary level.

Bermuda's riders will now prepare for the FEI World Dressage Challenge to be held at the National Equestrian Centre on November 12.

Individual and country world rankings will be fought for against 52 other countries, all competing on their home turfs.

Never too late: Richold, on Sight Unseen, made her debut late in life (Photograph by Joy Nash)

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Published October 11, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated October 11, 2016 at 8:23 am)

Riders to challenge themselves against best

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