QMS Equestrian Team Continues Flying High

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Kassidy on Crackerjack Quinn Sanders photo

(ISN) – June 9th, 2014 ‐ Duncan, BC, Canada – The Queen Margaret’s School Equestrian Team completed one of its
strongest show seasons to date following participation in the Kelowna Spring Classic and the Thunderbird
Canadian Premier Show in Langley.

Photo: Kassidy Keith takes flight at Thunderbird Show Park during the QMS Equestrian team’s recent competition
series. (Photo courtesy of Quinn Sanders)

For the first time in recent history, QMS team members travelled to Kelowna, BC, to compete in the Kelowna
Spring Classic Hunter/Jumper Show hosted by the Kelowna Riding Club. “It was a new venue for us,” explains
Cheryl Keith, QMS Head Coach. “Yet our team felt very comfortable there and enjoyed really strong
performances.”

Christine Coels (Grade 10) on Landmark Champion Short Stirrup Hunter
Champion Pre Child Hunter
2nd Place in Leigh Payne Memorial Classic

Catherine Rankin (Grade 10) on Go Shorty Champion Children’s Hunter
Reserve Champion Modified Hunter

Olivia Austin (Grade 11) on Del Rio Winner in Leigh Payne Memorial Classic
Reserve Champion Pre Child Hunter

Every May, QMS takes part in two weeks of competition at Thunderbird Show Park for the Canadian Premier
Show and BC Open. “Thunderbird is a fabulous facility,” says Keith. “The high level of competition allows our
students to push their themselves in the hunter/jumper ring.”
For Grade 10 student Kassidy Keith, it was a valuable lesson in perseverance. “I fell so many times throughout
the competition,” laughs Kassidy Keith. “But it made me work that much harder to improve my riding and
connect more closely with the horses I rode. What an incredible experience. I want to thank everyone who
helped me.”

Olivia on Del Rio winning Payne Classicedited

Photo: Olivia Austin and her partner, Del Rio, are congratulated on winning the Leigh Payne Memorial Classic
during the Kelowna Spring Classic. (Photo courtesy of Onsite Digital)

Catherine Rankin (Grade 10) on Go Shorty Consistent Placings
Kassidy Keith (Grade 10) on Watch Out 1st Place Junior Hunter
on Will I Am Champion Junior A Equitation
1st Place USEF Show Jumping Talent Search
1st Place Washington Hunter/Jumper Medal Phases
on Quintera 1st Place Children’s Jumper

Olivia Austin (Grade 11) on Del Rio Reserve Champion Show Park Hunter
Reserve Champion Pre Children’s Hunter
2nd Place Pre Children’s/Adult Hunter Classic
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Lauren Bailey (Grade 12) on Loustik de Breuil Champion 1.0m Junior Amateur Jumpers
Alley Millar (Grade 12) on Mistral Consistent Placings
Cheryl Keith (Head Coach) on Go Shorty 2nd USHJA Hunter Derby
2 Wins in First Year Green Hunter
Though this year’s school season is over, members of the QMS Equestrian team will continue to compete
throughout the summer months at upcoming competitions at Thunderbird Show Park, Saanich, Arbutus
Meadows in Nanoose Bay, Milner Downs in Langley, Washington State and Calgary.

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 coed
ECE Program, co‐ed 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 a small, intensive
ESL Program and Canada’s only on‐campus Equestrian Riding Program. The school’s comprehensive scholastic and extracurricular
program provide opportunities for achievement and personal growth through academics, sports, visual and
performing arts, riding and community service.

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