Saturday, February 24, 2018

Teenagers square off again at Saddle Valley

 RISING teenaged stars Amber Thompson and Mariel Lanser are set to continue their rivalry when the Trinidad and Tobago Equestrian Association stages its second Super League show jumping competition for the season from 9 a.m. today at Saddle Valley Stables, Upper Santa Cruz.

The 17-year-old Lanser will be looking for revenge as she was forced to settle for second position in the High League Division when the series began two months ago.

After that event, both riders were selected to represent the country in development competition where riders from the Caribbean competed against American opponents on borrowed horses.

But as a result of last-minute complications, Lanser was unable to make the trip to Wellington, Florida, USA, last month.

Thompson not only participated, but then also had to opportunity to attend the American Invitational Show Jumping Competition, where she had her picture taken with World Cup record holder Rodrigo Pessoa.

The Brazilian and several of the other stars that the 15-year-old was privileged to see, will be involved in the World Equestrian Games in France in August.

Before going across to Wellington, Thompson spent ten days competing in Ocala, Florida, and performed creditably as she often produced clear rounds aboard a horse called Beau Chin.

The busy youngster will be leaving the country a few days after today’s event to participate in the Caribbean Equestrian Association’s Junior Jumping competition next weekend in Cayman Islands.

Jodanne Brown, who will make her debut in national colours next weekend, and Sydney Navarro are the favourites in the Low League Division today.

Former Super League champ Sandhya Moll could be tested by Adele Stollmeyer and Hadley Rahael in the Mid League Division. 

Thompson will be reunited with Mr Wings, while Lanser will be aboard her old faithful, Miramis.