For Bahamian equestrian riders Marcus Davis, who trains in Canada, and Anna Camille Vlasov, who is currently based in France, it’s back to training and competing as usual as equestrian event organizers worldwide began to establish a “new normal” for showground competition after months of event cancellations due to the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With equestrian competition on hold earlier this year due to the pandemic, Davis used his time out of the saddle to participate in social media campaigns to raise awareness for diversity in equestrian sport. He returned to competition in July, riding in his first Grand Prix competition at the Angelstone Tournament in Ontario, Canada.
Davis and his mount El Porvenir Corro put in two strong rounds in the 1.15 meters (m) (3’ 9-1/4”) Jumpers to finish fifth out of a field of 22 participants.
Vlasov has been active on the European circuit since competitions resumed. Last week, in Deauville, France, she and her veteran equine partner Beaumont M/V placed third out of 42 participants in the 1.15m (3’ 9-1/4”) class. While Vlasov noted that Beaumont is in his retirement phase and just having fun winning, she is very excited about her elite competitive prospects with her new mount, Etos HBC.
At Deauville, the pair had a clear round in the 1.30m (4’ 3-1/4”)class, finishing 24th out of 78 participants in a time of 74.21 seconds. Vlasov was enthusiastic about the performance, noting that Etos is a young horse and still has a lot to learn.
“I’m so pleased with [his] progress,” she said. “Hopefully, next show, we can start the bigger classes.”
It is great to see that equestrian has resumed abroad and Davis and Vlasov have seized the opportunity to shine in the ring.