The Eques­trian Cir­cuit in Barbados

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With the pop­u­lar­ity of other sports such as cricket, foot­ball and bas­ket­ball, eques­trian sports got off to a slow start when the Bar­ba­dos Show Jump­ing Fed­er­a­tion was formed in the 1960s. How­ever, after a brief exis­tence, this orga­ni­za­tion was dis­solved and sub­se­quently replaced in the 1970s by the Bar­ba­dos Eques­trian Asso­ci­a­tion (BEA). In order to ensure that they were not fated to the same out­come of the Bar­ba­dos Show Jump­ing Fed­er­a­tion, the BEA orga­nized var­i­ous local and regional com­pe­ti­tions, and due to their efforts, show jump­ing in Bar­ba­dos has reached Inter­na­tional Stan­dard heights.

Of course, show jump­ing is not the only eques­trian sport in prac­ticed and taught in Bar­ba­dos. Dres­sage (com­pet­i­tive horse train­ing) has also become part of the BEA’s pro­gramme as well since 1992. As reflec­tive of the steady pro­gres­sion of the sport under the BEA, Bar­ba­dos, since 1995 has been par­tic­i­pat­ing at Inter­na­tional Cham­pi­onships in both show jump­ing and dres­sage even­tu­ally gain­ing the sil­ver at the finals of the FEI World Dres­sage Chal­lenge. The BEA now orga­nizes many major com­pe­ti­tions each year, includ­ing the FEI World Chal­lenge Com­pe­ti­tions, the Caribbean Eques­trian Asso­ci­a­tion (CEA) Junior Jump­ing Chal­lenge and the CEA Dres­sage Chal­lenge. Both dres­sage and show jump­ing events are of a very high standard.

Where to learn/​practise

Here is a list of some of the stables/​organizations in Bar­ba­dos that teach per­sons horse­back and eques­trian rid­ing and also pro­vide horse­back rid­ing tours:

Cle­land Eques­trian Club

  • Tel: (246) 2629953

Jah­works Eques­trian Cen­tre and Nature Walk Tours

  • Tel: 8202667

Ride Bar­ba­dos Horse­back Tours

  • Tel: (246) 4227433

Beau Geste Stables

  • Con­tact: Alli­son Cox
  • Tel: (246) 4290139

Big C Stables

  • Con­tact: Di Clarke
  • Tel: (246) 4374056

Congo Road Eques­trian Centre

  • Con­tact: Roberta Foster
  • Tel: (246) 4238293 or (246) 2303126

Sandy Turf Stables

  • Con­tact: San­dra Sampson
  • Tel: (246) 4374768 or (246) 2339237

© Photo taken from Sport​ing​bar​ba​dos​.com
© Arti­cle of caribbe​an​dreams​magazine​.com

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