Saturday, February 17, 2018

T&T 2nd in ‘Mini Dressage’


TOP LOCAL: Patrice Stollmeyer astride her steed Monte Carlo.

Mark Fraser

TRINIDAD and Tobago placed second in the recently held Caribbean Equestrian Association's Mini Dressage competition, which was held at the Saddle Valley Stables, Santa Cruz. The team, comprising of Patrice Stollmeyer, Anja Taylor and Amy Costelloe, finished second to the Bermudan contingent, while the Barbadians were third and the squad from Cayman Islands brought up the rear.

Stollmeyer, astride Monte Carlo, scored 69.69 per cent, Taylor and Out Of The Blue produced a score of 67.20 and Costelloe, riding Highly Esteemed, notched 66.60 for a combined score of 203.49, but it was not enough as the Bermudan trio amassed 210.08 per cent. The Bajans totalled 200.34. 

The regional competiton was judged by American Jeanne McDonald, one of the world's leading officials who has also been competing in the sport for almost 25 years.

In the local competition, Stollmeyer, who recorded the highest dressage score ever by a    rider when she produced 75.17 per cent last year, won the First Level Test III Division, Ambriel Weatherly, attending university abroad, was second aboard Takeover, while Nikki Chatoor-Grainger on Unbridled Dream, and Franka Costelloe astide Viking Thunder, were third and fourth, respectively.

Taylor and Amy Costelloe were first and second, respectively, in the Training Level Test III. And as a result of producing the second highest adult score, Taylor was the Reserve Champion. Stollmeyer turned in the highest score and was the Champion Rider.

Brynn English, piloting Nobil LX, completed dominated the juniors by winning the First Level Test III and Training Level Test III with a personal best score of 69.40 per cent to run away with the Champion Rider trophy.

Sydney Navarro, riding Unbridled Dream, finished second to be the Reserve Champion, while Hadley Rahael, on Zeus, and Michelle Sagba-Aboud, aboard Takeover, were third and fourth, respectively.