QC wins final horse show of the year, LCIS repeats as series champions
A strong Queen’s College (QC) team rode to victory for the first time ever in the Bahamas Interschool Equestrian League (BIEL) horse show, the final event of the BIEL competition season, last Saturday.
QC’s strong showing was not enough to unseat the Lyford Cay International School (LCIS) team in the overall standings. For the third year in a row, the LCIS team and Coach Erika Adderley successfully defended their status as champions of BIEL.
“The Bahamas Interschool Equestrian League continues to grow,” said Cathy Ramsingh-Pierre of Equestrian Bahamas, the country’s equestrian sporting federation.
“Each year we have added teams, the teams are fielding more riders, and the competition is fiercely competitive.”
She continued; “The championship series consists of three shows and we are seeing more parity in competition. This year, for the first time ever, each show was won by a different school.”
The championship series consists of interschool horse shows held in December, February and May. Windsor School won the first competition while LCIS won the second one. Last Saturday, the Queen’s College team of Peyton Wong, Mila Sands, Hannah D’Aguilar and Molly McIntosh turned in a poised and consistent performances to assure QC’s first ever victory. Kim Johnson, QC’s coach, praised the riders for their effort and diligence.
The BIEL Championship Series is designed to prepare junior riders for collegiate competitions. Shows are based on the format of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) competitions in the United States.
Last Saturday’s show was held at Camperdown Equestrian Centre in eastern New Providence. It was judged by Sabrina Lightbourne, former member of the Bahamas National Junior Equestrian team. Dorian Roach, vice president of the Bahamas Olympic Committee, was on hand to congratulate the riders and distribute the awards.
Finishing second to LCIS was Windsor School. Third place went to QC. Rounding out the final spots in fifth, sixth and seventh place were St. Andrew’s School, Lucaya International and Tamberly School respectively.