The best was definitely saved for last on the 2022 Barbados Equestrian Association’s calendar when the National Championships were held on November 27 at the Whitehall Equestrian Centre in St. Peter.
It featured the island’s top equestrian athletes at all levels from the 0.50-meter category for young horses and young riders to the 1.10-meter category for the veterans of the sport.
First into the arena at 8.30 am was the veteran athlete Laura Smith and her Central American Games partner Little Vegas taking on the 1.10m challenging course designed by Monique Archer. The duo rode impeccably to end their two rounds with zero faults and win the top championship of the year.
Next into the arena at 1.00m was the young superstar, Lena Tempro and her Argentine mare, Luna. The pair showed no fear as they stormed home to win the 1.00m division in fine form with zero faults over the two rounds.
Naiya Hinds and Lipstick were not as clean as Smith and Tempro as the pair picked up a few faults over their two rounds, but they were still good enough to win the 0.90m championship for 2022.
In the 0.80m championship, the decorated show jumper Paige Tryhane riding a green horse, Jigsaw, easily took the adult category win with two clear rounds, while the spunky Becky Kent on Gaucho similarly rode a precise course to win the junior category.
Barbados’ Pan American Games Veteran, Emily Kinch, was victorious at 0.70m onboard her new project horse. The handsome off-track thoroughbred stallion Alkoro did two perfectly executed rounds. The Junior Division at this height was won by the feisty Zachary Pitcher onboard the equally feisty Golden Dancer, who not only rode two clear rounds but also had the fastest time at this height overall.
In the 0.60m class, Sahara Whittaker astride Machu Picchu went fast and clear to win the Junior Division; while the final 0.50m Division was dominated by Catherine Myteberi and Bo. (PR)