Rubis Barbados recently made a donation of $4000 to the Barbados Equestrian Association in support of their new series of educational programs in the Equestrian Discipline of Dressage. The training is for riders at all levels from beginners through to advanced riders who are seeking to compete at the highest international levels. Thirty two riders participated in the program over a one week period, which comprised twenty sessions as well as a Caribbean Equestrian Dressage Challenge. The trainer was international dressage expert James Burtwell, who is a Grand Prix Dressage rider.
Roberta Foster, Chair of Dressage, expressed her thanks to RUBIS, stating, “This amazing sponsorship and support towards the continuing growth of dressage in Barbados is greatly appreciated. As a developing nation that is quite remote, our sport greatly benefits from having visiting trainers and training programs to really equip our equestrians for international competition. It is so exciting for us to see so many young people becoming interested in dressage and being given the opportunity to have education to advance their skill. It was a great encouragement for us to hear our last visiting international judge applaud us for efforts and progress. Thanks to sponsors like RUBIS, young people are getting the opportunity to not only grow, but to thrive in the dressage arena. We look forward to more opportunities to partner with RUBIS.”
During the presentation at the RUBIS Head Office, Raydeen Hunte, RUBIS Network Brand Coordinator explained that the company was pleased to support the Association’s up and coming riders, explaining, “RUBIS recognises that participation in sports like dressage encourages positive life skills like perseverance, hard work and discipline. We are happy to be able to assist these young riders in their quest to become the best in their field.”