CIEF Annual Competitions & Shows
CIEF NATIONAL DRESSAGE SHOWS
The CIEF hosts national dressage shows three times per year. The Dressage show season starts in February and ends in late March, although the dates can vary from year to year. Please click on the Calendar link under the Events tab for specific dates for the current show season. Judges for these shows are brought in from the USA or Canada and are often USEF S or FEI 4* rated. At the end of the show season, 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 its National Jumping Series. Now in its sixth year, the NJS consist of 10 classes at six heights ranging from 0.60m to 1.20m, each leading to a Champion and Reserve announceD at the year end Awards Dinner. The three lowest heights (6ocm to 80cm) 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 shows are generally held in the Fall from September through November, although the dates can vary from year to year. The CIEF is pleased to have three local FEI Level 1 jumping judges for its shows. Please click Calendar under the Events tab in the main menu for actual dates for the current show season.
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 Antigua, Bermuda, Barbados, Jamaica 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’ individual and 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 have 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 Antigua, 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 because they 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.
PAEC CARIBBEAN JUNIOR JUMPING CHALLENGE
In 2017 the Pan American Equestrian Confederation (PAEC) launched the Caribbean Junior Jumping Challenge which was held at Savannah College of Art & Design in August. A 1.0 meter borrowed horse competition between the CEA member countries and the USA, saw the Cayman team take the reserve champion spot just behind Bermuda, and ahead of Antigua, Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and the USA. Each country is allowed to send two riders, aged 12 to 18 to this event, which is planned to restart in the Summer of 2019.