Monday, January 22, 2018

T&T duo for Cayman Islands


promising riders: Jordanne Brown, left, and Amber Thompson

Mark Fraser

 TRINIDAD and Tobago will be represented by two promising riders over the next two days in the second leg of the Equestrian Association’s Junior Jumping Competition in the Cayman Islands.

Jordanne Brown and Amber Thompson, competing in the Under-14 and 16 categories, respectively, will be matching strides against riders from Barbados, Jamaica and the host country in the tournament.

Thompson and Hadley Rahael won the trials in February, but the latter was forced to withdraw, paving the way for Brown to make her debut in national colours.

The youngster had a good preparation for the competition last week Sunday when she placed second in the Low League of the Trinidad and Tobago Equestrian Association’s second Super League event of season at Saddle Valley, Cruz.

Thompson, who won the High League title in the tournament, is no stranger to international competition as she participated in two tournaments in Florida, USA, within the last two months.

Home court advantage is significant in these type of events as the foreigners have to compete on horses just five minutes after meeting them for the first time.

This year’s series commenced early in the year in Barbados and no dates have yet been finalised for the remaining two legs, scheduled for Jamaica and Trinidad.

Thompson and Brown travelled yesterday, accompanied by Brown’s coach Katarina Hellsten.