CIEF Annual Competitions & Shows
CIEF NATIONAL DRESSAGE SHOWS
The CIEF hosts national dressage shows four times per year. The first dressage show of the season is usually held in November each year when Cindy Thaxton normally returns to the Island to teach clinics. The second dressage show is usually held in January, with a third and fourth show held in March and April. Typically the judges for these shows stay on island after the competition to provide training clinics to local riders. Please refer to our calendar for competition dates for this year. In addition, at the end of the show season, which runs from September to June, the CIEF names a Champion and Reserve Champion at various levels in Dressage at its annual dinner. The rules governing the championship are availble by clicking on the rules link above.
CIEF NATIONAL JUMPING SERIES (NJS)
In 2013 the CIEF launched a four-event National Jump Series. Now in its fifth year, the NJS consist of 10 classes at six heights, each leading to a Champion and Reserve announce at year end Awards Dinner. The heights are 0.60m, 0.70m, 0.80m, , 0.90m, 1.0m, 1.10m and 1.20M. The three lowest heights are divided into pony and horse classes, with the remaining height classes open to both ponies and horses. For purposes of these shows, ponies are defined as equines of 14hh and below. The four shows are generally hosted in November (#1), February (#2) March (#3) and April/May (#4), although the dates can vary from year to year. Please click Calendar under the Events tab in the main menu for our most up to date show calendar.
CARIBBEAN EQUESTRIAN ASSOCIATION (CEA) CARIBBEAN DRESSAGE CHALLENGE
Every year the CEA hosts a regional dressage competition which allows Cayman Islands’ riders to compete against other CEA member countries including Jamaica, Bermuda, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. The CEA engages a dressage Judge who travels to all participating countries so the scoring is fair and comparative. The top three children’s scores form the children’s team and the top three adult scores form the adult team. All of the countries’ team scores are compiled by the CEA and places awarded accordingly.
FEI WORLD JUMPING CHALLENGE – CAT C, B AND A
In 2014, the CIEF was able, for the first time, to host an FEI World Jumping Challenge Category C event and it is now a fixture on the CIEF annual show calendar. The aim of this competition is to give less experienced jumping riders, who otherwise cannot take part in international jumping competitions because they live in more remote countries, the opportunity to compete internationally without having to leave their home country. The competition is currently divided into 10 geographical zones and it offers the following categories for riders 15 years and older:
- Category A: 1.20m to 1.30m, three competitions of two rounds each
- Category B: 1.10m to 1.20m, three competitions of two rounds each
- Category C: 1.00m to 1.10m, three competitions of two rounds each
FEI CHILDREN’S INTERNATIONAL CLASSICS – GOLD, SILVER & BRONZE
The CIEF is planning to host the FEI Children’s International Classic (ChIC) with the Bronze tour at some point in the near future. The aim of the ChIC competition is to give junior riders the ability to take part in international jumping competitions despite living in more remote countries and without having to leave their home country. The ChIC competition is currently divided into 10 geographical zones and it offers the following categories for riders from the beginning of the year in which they turn 12 to the end of the year in which they turn 14 years old. The competition consists of one competition over two rounds at the following heights.
- Gold Tour: First Round: 1.10m to 1.20m Second Round: 1.20m to 1.30m at a speed of 350mpm
- Silver Tour: First Round: 1.05m to 1.15m Second Round: 1.10m to 1.20m at a speed of 325mpm
- Bronze Tour: First Round: 1.00m to 1.10m Second Round: 1.00m to 1.10m at a speed of 325mpm
FEI WORLD DRESSAGE CHALLENGE (FEI WDC)
2016 FEI World Dressage Challenge Rules, 2014 CIEF WDC Qualification Rules & 2014 FEI WDC Guidelines for Best Presented Horse
In past years the CIEF has hosted the FEI World Dressage Challenge (WDC), but changes to the competition format for 2016 has precluded the Cayman Islands from participating any longer. The WDC had allowed Cayman Islands riders to compete with other participating countries in Zone 10, which includes Barbados, Bermuda, Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. The aim of this competition is to give less experienced dressage riders who, under normal circumstances, cannot take part in international dressage competitions and live in more remote countries, the opportunity to compete internationally without having to leave their country. Individual and team placings by Zone are published by the FEI on its website following the competition.
CHILDREN OF THE AMERICAS DRESSAGE INVITATIONAL (CADI)
CADI is a dressage training event and competition held every summer at Bear Spot Farm in Concord, MA. The CIEF encourages its younger dressage riders to qualify for CADI so that they can gain experience riding well-trained and experienced dressage horses under the guidance of highly experienced coaches. Each country is allowed to send up to three qualified riders and in the past, participating countries have included Argentina, Canada, USA, Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Bermuda, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezula and many more. CADI is open for children in the year they turn 12 and until the end of the year that they turn 14 years old. Cayman riders qualify by obtaining at least two qualifying scores in one or more of three types of dressage test. The three Cayman riders with the highest combined score for the show season are given an invitation to attend CADI, which typically takes place the last week of July. Unfortunately, the Bear Spot Foundation has announced that CADI will not be taking place in 2016. Details on qualifying for CADI can be found here.
The CIEF occasionally assists with the entrance fee and further details of financial support available can be obtained from a CIEF Board member. For more information please contact a CIEF Board member of refer to the CADI web site http://bearspotcadi.org/Welcome.html