Hadley Rahael, Sydney Navarro and Mariel Lanser are the country’s equestrian champions for 2014. The three were crowned when the Trinidad and Tobago Equestrian Association staged the final event of the 2014 season recently at Saddle Valley Stables, Santa Cruz.
Riding a grey gelding called Viking Thunder in the Super League final, Rahael was triumphant in the Mid League, while Brynn English was the reserve champ.
After a close battle in the Low League Level, Jordanne Browne had to settle for the title as Reserve champ as Navarro rode off with the title.
Lanser prevailed in the High League division, while Amber Thompson, who had a training stint in Canada and also trained and competed in Florida, USA, during the season, was the Reserve champ.
In the third stage of the four-leg Caribbean Equestrian Association’s (CEA) Junior Jumping Competition, the Trinidad and Tobago team of Browne and Adelle Stollmeyer captured the title at home in September.
Browne was the individual under-14 champ, while the under-16 title went to Stollmeyer, who was the Reserve champ when T&T also won the team title in the final leg in Jamaica last month.
This country’s trio of Anja Taylor, Patrice Stollmeyer and Amy Costelloe finished second to Bahamas in the Caribbean Mini Dressage Challenge in June.
And Rahael showed that she is also skilled in the dressage discipline when she placed third from a field of riders hailing from Central America, Canada, the Caribbean and host country the United States in the 12-14 age-group of the Children of the Americas Dressage Invitational in Boston, Massachusetts.
The 2015 season will get going on January 18 with trials to select teams for the first two legs of the CEA’s Junior Jumping Competition. The first leg is scheduled for Barbados in February and the second will take place in Cayman Islands two months later.
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Hadley Rahael on Viking Thunder.