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Bermuda’s riders ready to put on a show

Elizabeth Madeiros, riding Mr Bentley, will be one of those performing this weekend

The RES Spring Show series will be held at the National Equestrian Centre, starting at 8.30am tomorrow and Sunday.

Having held a successful inaugural series last year, the show organisers were unanimous in their decision to continue the competition this year.

It will consist of two weekend events, the first this weekend and the second in March.

The RES Spring Show Series hunter/jumper/equitation shows are open to both adult and junior riders competing for series championships in various divisions by accumulating points over the two shows.

The series provides a unique event on the showing calendar as it seeks to combine the traditionally held classes, including hunter pony/horse and jumper/equitation classes, together with opportunities for the Bermuda Hunt Club members to show in specially designated classes.

These include a Hunt Club obstacle course, a Hunt Club Hack and a Ladies’ Only Hack. In March, driving and carriage classes will be added.

Coming in as the presiding judge for the hunter/equitation classes is Christine Reupke, of Canada. She is an accomplished equestrian and a qualified senior status-rated judge by Equine Canada. Reupke is also the horse show business manager for the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, a world-class event held annually over a two-week period in Toronto.

Pam Mahoney, a locally FEI qualified jumper judge, will be the judge for the jumper classes.

“As with any show and in particular this unique two weekend show series event, a lot of hard work and effort goes into making it successful. The show organisers are extremely grateful to both its volunteers and its generous sponsors who without their support could not put on this event,” said official Leila Madeiros.