The second horse show of the Equestrian Bahamas 2019-2020 season took place last weekend at Camperdown Equestrian Centre. Saturday’s events included equitation classes at all levels, while Sunday’s competition featured the first show of this year’s Bahamas Interschool Equestrian League (BIEL) series.
The Interschool Equestrian League continues to grow. Sunday’s event was the largest in the three-year history of the series, with seven teams competing for the first time. Each year, three inter-school events are held, culminating in a championship event in the spring. The show was judged by United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) ‘R’-rated judge Scott Hofstetter of Ocala, Florida.
Talented Bahamian junior riders such as Mila Sands of Camperdown Equestrian Centre and Elle O’Brien of Mariposa Stables, took top honors in Saturday’s equitation divisions. Lyford Cay International School fielded the winning team in the inter-school competition, with Windsor School beating Queen’s College for second place by just one point. St. Augustine’s College riders posted an impressive fourth place despite a team of just two riders. Tambearly School and St. Andrew’s School placed fifth and sixth, respectively.
The Interschool Equestrian League is designed to make the equestrian sport accessible to all young Bahamians by offering competition opportunities in a collegiate format at no cost to riders. The next competition will be held at Mariposa Stables from December 7-8, 2019. Admission is free and the public is welcomed to attend.