Duncan, BC, Canada – The Queen Margaret’s School Equestrian Team have been working hard this spring at competitions in Thermal, CA, and SSITS in Saanich, with strong results.

Hailey Gascoigne on Liberty by Amanda Straughan Soult Touch Photography 

The first large show of 2015 saw members of the QMS Royals heading south of the border to Thermal, CA, USA. “Travelling to Thermal for the HITS Desert Circuit is always a huge undertaking,” explains QMS Equestrian Head Coach Cheryl Keith. “It takes hundreds of hours of planning, training, financial resources and community support to make the trip a reality. I’m always grateful to be able to offer our students the opportunity to compete at this incredible show.” The dedication to riding paid off in the arena.

Kassidy Keith (Grade 11) rode Ella 104 to win Reserve Champion in the 1.2m Jumper and 1st Place in the Junior Jumper Low Classic. She also earned consistent ribbons on Crackerjack in the 1.2m and 1.3m Jumper Divisions. Ana Sofia Alban Madero (Grade 9) who recently won a bronze medal at the FEI Children’s International Classics in Mexico, rode Piccadilly to 1st Place in the 1.0m Jumper Division. Other QMS riders who placed in the ribbons included Emily Cake (Grade 9), Eugenia Gutierrez Cantu (Grade 9) and Coach Cheryl Keith.

Following a short rest after Thermal, a larger QMS team travelled to Victoria to compete in the Saanich Show in the Sun (SSITS). “The April SSITS went well,” shares Keith. “Our team once again made me very proud of their work ethic


 Hailey Gascoigne (Grade 7) on Liberty W Champion Pre Child Hunter Division and Emily Cake (Grade 9) on Marlowe Competed in the 1.10m Division for the first time and 3rd Place in the Christine Coels (Grade 11) on Bella Consistent ribbons in the .85m, .9m and Children’s Hunters Divisions Miranda Lebeuf (Grade 11) on Carivero Good results on her new horse in the .75m Jumper Divisions Lilian Jiang (Grade 11) on Hercules Three 2nd Place ribbons in Open Pony and Short Stirrup Divisions Kyra Westman (Grade 11) on LL Bean Reserve Champion in the .9m Jumper Division Cheryl Keith (Coach) on Carivero Winner of the Campus Auto 1.10m Specialty Class Winner of the Buckerfield’s Hunter Classic Campus Auto Specialty Class on Hershey Kiss 1 on Carlton K Reserve Champion in the Pre Green Division

The team will now journey to BC’s interior for the Kelowna Riding Club Hunter Jumper Show April 23-26, and then prepare to compete on home soil at the QMS Spring Classic being hosted May 7-10, 2015.