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The first-ever Concours de Dressage International (CDI) in Barbados’ history, was held at the Congo Road Equestrian Centre on April 25-26 2019. Roberta Foster and her Dutch mare, ‘Chichic’, had a big goal to accomplish at this prestigious competition and they certainly pulled it out of the bag on the day.
The duo had received their first qualifying score for the 2019 Pan Am Games at the Caribbean and Central American Games in Colombia last summer but they needed a second qualification score to cement their trip to Peru. Foster needed a 62% to qualify and gained well above this score with 69.755% at the Prix St. George level and 69.265% at the Intermediate one level to qualify with an impressive combined score of 69.5%.
FEI Judges Mercedes Campdera and Omar Zayrik of Mexico and Jeanne
McDonald of the USA travelled to Barbados to oversee the CDI competition along with FEI Stewards Charlie Musco and Beth Davidson of the USA and Veterinarian Rossi Bridgelal of Trinidad.
Foster, who is no stranger to the Pan am Games having been to her first in Canada in 1999 and several Games since this time, will head to the USA to continue her intense training regime for a couple of months before heading to Lima, Peru in late July.