Four on T&T dressage team
Patrice Stollmeyer is among a quartet of riders named on Trinidad and Tobago's team for the upcoming FEI World Dressage competition, the first international event being held in T&T for 2013.
Stollmeyer, Mariel Lanser, Chelsea Thomas and Olivia Xavier-Harford were all named on the T&T squad for the February 27 competition, which will be held at the Saddle Valley Stables in Santa Cruz.
FEI international judges Marian Santos Redondo and Elke Ebert will visit Trinidad to oversee the event, before conducting a clinic at the individual stables a day after the competition for selected riders among the top ten adults and top four children.
The quartet were selected after the final trial event on January 26, which was attended by Austrian FEI Four Star international judge Victoire Mandl.
Stollmeyer managed a second place in the Preliminary Adult category, and also won the Elementary Adult category.
In the latter division, Stollmeyer was upstaged by Ambriel Weatherly, who rode Nobil LX to the day's high score with 73.27 per cent, one of the highest scores ever by a local rider. Stollmeyer was second, her performance aboard Monte Carlo earning her a score of 69.13 per cent.
She was also partnered by Claudio in taking the Elementary Adult division.
Veteran rider Margaret Auerbach and Takeover took the Advanced Adult category with a 60.94 per cent score, while Brynn English was the best among the children, her mount Zimbu helping her to a score of 67.421 per cent.
After the trials, Mandl stayed on for four days to conduct dressage clinics at participating stables, and help riders get ready for the upcoming FEI competition.
The competition is aimed at giving less experienced riders who cannot compete in international dressage competition the chance to compete at international events at home.
The competition is divided into 12 geographic zones, each of between four to six countries. It includes five performance levels—Prix St George, Advanced, Medium, Elementary and Preliminary—and two age groups (12-15 years, and 16 and over).
T&T are in Zone 10, along with Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Barbados, Haiti and Jamaica. The competition is also classified by individual and team, with the top three riders' scores aggregated towards their team score.