QMS Equestrian Team Heating It Up


Hayley Picard, QMS – Photos by Joe Bailey and Greg Howard

July 25th, 2013, Duncan, BC, Canada (ISN) – The summer heat wave isn’t slowing down members of the Queen Margaret’s School Equestrian Team from continuing their string of strong performances at BC events. Most recently, their hard work at Arbutus Meadows and Thunderbird earned a rainbow of coloured ribbons.

QMS Head Coach, Cheryl Keith, continually encourages the growth of her riders through participation in
several showsthroughout the summer months. “These events are important forrider development,” explains
Keith. “Shows like Arbutus and Thunderbird assist our girls to improve their showmanship, develop their
equitation skills, and learn to cope with the stresses of competition in a sportsmanlike manner. I am always
proud of how ourstudents are positive ambassadors for the program at QMS and the sport as a whole.”

Lauren Bailey on Louie at Arbutus 2013 (800x640)
QMS student Lauren Bailey rode Loustik de breuil (AKA Louie) to a first place finish at Arbutus Meadows – Photo courtesy of Joe Bailey 

Senior riders took to the course at Arbutus Meadows for the Arbutus Derby June 22‐23 and kicked off the
summer on a high note.

Cheryl Keith and her team then journeyed across the waterto Thunderbird Show Park in Langley to participate in the West Coast Classic Show and the Western Family Show, June 26  ‐ July 7. “I think non‐riders have this misconception that the QMS stables are a quiet place during the summer,” laughs Keith. “It’s quite the opposite.Our coaching staff, horses and students are deep in a marathon of competitions. This sport demands  a lot from us.” The hard work is clearly paying off.

Danielle Holmes on Go Shorty Arbutus 2013 (800x640)
QMS Alumna (and school vet) Danielle Holmes soared on Go Shorty at the Arbutus Meadows Island Classic – Photo courtesy of Greg Howard Photography

The team is currently preparing for three straight weeks of competition in August at the Benefit Horse Show in
Saanich, Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, and the Evergreen Classic Benefit Horse Show Evergreen,WA,USA).

About Queen Margaret’s School Established in 1921,Queen Margaret’s School (QMS) islocated on 27 country‐like acresin Duncan, BC.QMS offers a co‐ed ECE Programand Junior School (Kindergarten‐Grade 6), all boys Grade 7/8 Program,University‐Preparatory School for girls (Grades 7‐12) and all girls Boarding School (Grades 6‐12). Queen Margaret’s School is home to Canada’s only on‐campus Equestrian Riding Program and a small intensive ESL Program. The school’s comprehensive scholastic and extra‐curricular programs provide opportunities for achievement and personal growth through academics,sports, visual and performing arts,riding and community service.