Bermuda contingent set for Jumping World Challenge
An eight-strong team of Bermuda showjumpers are gearing up to compete in the upcoming Jumping World Challenge.
The competition is made up of three separate events, which all taking place at the National Equestrian Centre, starting on Saturday and followed by events on March 18 and April 8, with competitors jumping two rounds in their respective height division.
Team and individual classifications will be offered over three height categories, with Philip Correia on board Junior Cardento and JayLynn Hines riding her gelding Toto D’ysenbeeck Z in Category A over 1.2 to 1.3 metres.
Vicki Steel riding In the Stars and Tyler James on Cruise Control will be in action in Category B at 1.1 to 1.2 metres, while Category C, which is set at 1.0 to 1.1 metres, will include Sierra Wolffe riding Forza, McKeisha Smith on Da Vinci, Isabelle Pelletierr in the saddle on Kaid HZ and Michael Rodrigues partnering Rambo.
Level 1 judge Pam Mahoney of Bermuda will assess the first two competitions, with Level 3 judge Cathy Harper, of Canada, joining forces with Mahoney to adjudicate the third.
The Challenge provides local showjumping equestrians with an opportunity to compete in an international setting without the expense or logistical challenges of travelling overseas.
Riders from ten different geographical zones compete over the same jumping courses designed by an appointed course designer, who this year is Nazim Alexandre Sebiane of Algeria.
The first jumping class on Saturday is scheduled to commence at 10.15am with free admission for spectators.
Meanwhile, compatriot Cody Rego has moved to the top of the Washington International Horse Show ranking list for the Equitation East Division, which consists of 90 competitors.
Rego - who also leads the way in the WEF Equitation standings - has accumulated a total of 1814 points with his closest rival, Amira Kettaneh holding at 1421.
The Bermudian rider is in position to qualify for the WIHS finals, which will take place from October 23 to 29.
Qualification for the prestigious finals is based on the top 30 rider from the East Coast League and the top ten riders from the West Coast League.
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