Thompson sparkles at Saddle Valley
AMBER THOMPSON was in sparking form during the third installment of the Trinidad & Tobago Equestrian Association (TTEA) Super League on Sunday at Saddle Valley Stables, Santa Cruz.
After clearing all 12 hurdles for a faultless first round, the 15-year-old, riding Mr Wings, a former racehorse rescued by the TTSPCA (Trinidad and Tobago Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), stopped the clock at 61.5 seconds in the second round to take the Mid-League Division title.
This was a timed round and although Thompson knocked down a rail and accumulated four faults, she was the winner, as Mariel Lanser covered the course seven seconds slower aboard Barbadian Miramis.
The pair had a perfect round, but had accumulated four faults during the first.
There were three competitors in this division and Adelle Stollmeyer was forced to settle for the cellar position astride Dream Weaver, an 18-year-old gelding with Arabian blood. They had ten faults during the two rounds.
Sandhaya Moll and The Sultan jumped .85 metres to take top honours in the Low League Seniors event.
Moll is the top rider in the country and her very talented nine-year-old horse, who placed sixth in the 2007 Trinidad Derby Stakes at Santa Rosa Park, Arima, despite not being 100 per cent, was competing for the first time in over a year.
Hadley Rahael, astride Waiting At The Front, produced two clear rounds to win the Low League Juniors event from Brynn English, who accumulated six faults on Nobil LX.
Jordanne Brown and Eye See Dee refused in both rounds and were eliminated, but they bounced back in impressive fashion to take the .60-metre level event with two clear rounds.
Michelle Sabga-Aboud, in her first jumping competition, and Starlight had one clear round and four faults in the other to dead-heat for second with Sydney Navarro and Morocco.
There was also a dressage equitation display, and first-time competitor Gabrielle Harue notched an impressive score of 65 per cent aboard The Sultan.
The TTEA really appreciated the hamper, which was donated by Nestle and raffled it to raise funds for future events. Of course, the next and last event on the calendar in the biggest of them all, the TTEA’s Super League Final, is scheduled for November 17.