Dressage riders seal Caribbean Challenge victory
Fresh off the back of the success of Bermuda’s showjumpers, the island’s equestrian community are celebrating yet again after the country was named as the winner of the 2022 Caribbean Equestrian Association’s Regional Dressage Challenge.
Members of Bermuda’s Adult Regional team included Angela Halloran Smith riding Evert, Abby Bardgett aboard Cruise Control and Claire Turner on Balthazar Olympus with their combined scores enough to beat Barbados into second and Trinidad and Tobago into third.
Bermuda’s young riders, including Scarlett Smale, Lila Readdy and Maggie Baron finished second in the Mini Challenge behind Cayman Island
Grace Lightowler won the Children High Score Award for her ride on Patrick and Halloran Smith, Bermuda’s dressage coach, was also the recipient of the 2022 RDC Adults High Score Award after receiving 75.345 percent for her test and she was thrilled with the performances of her team.
“The results attest to the tremendous talent that is in Bermuda,”Halloran Smith said. “For Bermuda to achieve both the highest scoring children award and the highest scoring adult is fabulous and can only serve to motivate Bermuda’s equestrians to continue the winning streak.”
Halloran Smith and Lightowler were not the only competitors awarded first place in their categories, with Smale and Bargett also achieving top honours.
The Caribbean Challenge is unique in that riders from CEA member countries are provided an opportunity to compete against other countries without the logistical challenges of travelling overseas.
Colombian judge Cesare Torrente travelled to each country to assess their abilities with competing Caribbean countries including Barbados, Cayman Islands, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago.