QMS Equestrian Team Hits the High Jumps


QMS Riders Start the School Season

September 30th, 2013 ‐ Duncan, BC, Canada – It may have been a soggy start to the season, but the Queen Margaret’s School Equestrian Team didn’t let the weather bring them down at the British Columbia Hunter Jumper Association (BCHJA) Fall Finals at Thunderbird Show Park, Langley the weekend of September 21‐22.

Weather aside, the BCHJA Fall Finals is an incredibly challenging competition for riders of all levels to compete at. “We enjoy taking team members to this show in Langley because of the great facilities, wonderful riders and team atmosphere,” explains QMS Head Coach Cheryl Keith. “Their poise and professionalism were there each time they entered the arena.”

Christine Coels (Grade 10) on QMS’ Clockwork continued her winning streak with a Championship win in 2’3″ Short Stirrup Hunter and Reserve Champion 2’6″ Pre‐Children’s Equitation, while teammate Kassidy Keith rode Wallabee to a Championship finish in the B Equitation division.

Grade 10 rider Catherine Rankin’s horse Go Shorty has been called “the little engine that could” and continues to earn top marks in the Pacific Northwest. Not only did Rankin ride him to win Champion in 3′ Children’s Equitation (14 & Under) and Reserve Champion in the 3′ Children’s Hunter (14 & Under), Cheryl Keith chose to compete with him as well. Keith describes Go Shorty as an outstanding horse.

Keith won 3’3″ Pre‐Green Champion on Go Shorty and stunned the audience in the BCHJA Canadian Hunter Derby division by earning a score of 93, plus 20 bonus points for a total of 113. “This was the highest score we have seen all year in the Canadian Hunter Derby series at Thunderbird,” says Jane Tidball, President Thunderbird Show Park. “Go Shorty is a real favourite at Thunderbird. Congratulations!”

About Queen Margaret’s School

Established in 1921, Queen Margaret’s School (QMS) is located on 27 country‐like acres in Duncan, BC. QMS offers a co‐ed ECE Program and 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.

Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.