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Rabain leads the way

Kirista Rabain riding Helsinki Van de Heffinck, winner of Category A BER 2017 being presented with the Aon Trophy by Ian Truran, CEO of Claren and President of the Bermuda Equestrian Federation (Photograph by Andy Gibbs)

Kirista Rabain, Vicki Steele and Casey Truran enjoyed success at the FEI World Jumping Challenge Finals at the National Equestrian Centre.

With the weather gods smiling on the final event, Rabain had a shaky start to her first round in the local overall Category A event with an unfortunate rail down in the combination. Philip Correia was next and he had an unlucky rail down at fence No 10 in an otherwise good round. In round two, Correia’s mount Emerson was true as ever in a beautiful clear round. Rabain’s ride, Helsiniki Van de Heffinick, jumped a bold clear round to be a hair faster than Correia Emerson to win.

In Category B’s first round, Steele and her mount, All in One, had a bit of a scramble through the combination 6a and b but managed to have a clear round. Dale Rochester, on Carolina Gold, also posted a clear round. In the second round, Rochester and Carolina Gold posted another consistent clean round that was lovely to watch, except he incurred one time fault. Steele and All in One finished with two rails down for a score of 8 faults. She did however manage to be the local overall winner for Category B since the competition is based on the total cumulative scores of all three competitions.

In Category C, the Guilherme Jorge course created trying rounds for Abby Bardgett riding New to the City and Dukes of Hazard, and Elizabeth Madeiros riding Mr. Bentley. Truran went clear, but with a single time fault. Truran’s mount, De Le Vega, very honestly packed around the course however, to earn him the title.

Rabain won both the 2016 local and regional Category A competitions, which subsequently qualified her for the final FEI World Jumping Challenge which takes place in Algeria next month.