ABHS News

The ANTIGUA & BARBUDA HORSE SOCIETY was formed in 1994 with the aim of promoting equestrian sport in the country, particularly the disciplines of Dressage and Show Jumping.
Two years after the formation of the ABHS the first major competition was held with a stable to stable competition hosted first in Barbados and then in Antigua at Springhill Riding Club, its base.
Following that, Antigua along with Barbados, Trinidad and Jamaica formed the Caribbean Equestrian Association, the object being to hold a series of Show Jumping Competitions; one in each country, culminating in an overall country winner at the end of the year. This gives riders from different countries the chance to pit themselves against other regional riders without the expense of shipping the horses. Cayman Islands and Bermuda were the next to join.
In April 1997 Antigua & Barbuda was accepted for membership in the Federation Equestre International (FEI). This is the world governing body for equestrian sports, except Horse Racing and Polo.
Having become the smallest nation to receive membership, the next goal was to enter the FEI World Dressage Challenge competing against 65 countries around the world. The countries entered are split into 10 groups and are assigned 2 International Standard Judges who then travel judging riders in each country on their own horses. After all judging is completed country placement and individual scores are awarded.
The ABHS’ affiliations to the FEI and the International Olympic Committee enable our overseas riders to compete for Antigua & Barbuda in the International arena abroad.

Our International Dressage rider Emily Ward attained Olympic Scholarship towards the 2008 Olympic Games. She qualified with good scores around European competitions, but sadly her horse Vallon became lame and she was unable to compete in Hong Kong. Emily now has a new horse, and is working hard towards the 2012 Games in London.