Jason Walter tops FEI showjumping
Equestrian Jason Walter, aboard his bay gelding SHAMBAL, topped the field last weekend by winning the Adult International Equestrian Federation (FEI) World Jumping Challenge at the Kingston Polo Club, Caymanas Estates.
Competing in Category A for the first time, the 15-year-old Wolmer's Boys' School student cleared fences 1.20 metres high by 1.30 metres wide over four rounds, accumulating 16 faults. In second place was Justin Vaz, riding SHABBA RANKS with 20 faults, followed by Gabby Ralston on MISS FRAN with 22 faults and Adam Lake on ALEX with 32 faults.
The Walter Shambal team was awarded the additional prize of best-presented horse and special recognition was given by judge Anne-Marie Parravicino from Barbados to groom Courtney Vincent, emphasising the importance of all members of the team in the preparation of a winning combination.
Kudos to coach
Commenting on the win, Walter acknowledged his coach, Betty 'Mother Wates' Wates, who has been recognised internationally as the main driving force of equestrian sport in the Caribbean.
"When you ride with Mother Wates, 100 per cent commitment to the sport is required and with this effort I am able to be successful," said Walter.
The second leg of the EFJ jumping league also took place on Saturday with Gabby Ralston on MISS FRAN topping the High League ahead of Jason Walter on SHAMBAL and Adam Lake on ALEX.
Walter and Lake are tied for first place with 18 points over the two rounds.
In the Medium League, Briana Schwapp, aboard TRELAWNY, continues to dominate, placing first ahead of Lacife Leslie on SASSY and Stephanie Stewart on APPEALl. Schwapp is firmly in the lead with maximum 20 points over the two rounds.
In the Low League, Tiffani Ralston riding PATRIOT won for the second time ahead of Gabriella Beaman aboard BAMBI and Trina DeLisser riding LEE. Ralston is also firmly in the lead with maximum 20 points over two rounds.