The Mariposa Gold Drops emerged victorious for the second time this year in Bahamas Interscholastic Equestrian League (BIEL) competition. Four teams comprised of 20 young riders from different schools competed in the league’s winter term competition, held last weekend at the Camperdown Equestrian Centre under the watchful eye of USEF (United States Equestrian Federation) Judge Lori Arnold of Sorrento, Florida.
This second win of the season for the Gold Drops was a much closer call than their fall term victory. This time around, the competition was hotly contested at all levels, with just six points separating the top three teams. At the end of the day, the Gold Drops finished in front with 45 points. Finishing second was the Mariposa Monarchs with 40 points, and the CEC Blue Marlins fell just one point short of second, finishing in third with 39 points. Finishing fourth was the CEC Sand Dollars, who obtained 25 points. Erika Adderley, of Mariposa Stables, is the coach of the Gold Drops and the Monarchs while Kimberly Johnson, of the Camperdown Equestrian Centre, coaches the Blue Marlins and the Sand Dollars.
Established in 2017, BIEL competitions have been a perennial favorite among junior riders because of the team emphasis and the unique format, based on collegiate competition rules, in which riders and horses are matched by random draw. The teams are ‘mixed’, comprised of students from schools across New Providence, and provide riders with an exciting opportunity to show their skills in the ring while riding unfamiliar horses. Sponsored by Equestrian Bahamas, the national federation, the league consists of a series of three competitions, culminating in a national championship. The final BIEL competition of the year will be held at Camperdown Equestrian Centre in May.