Kassidy and Cheryl Keith BCHJA Award Recipients
February 1, 2016 – Duncan, BC, Canada – The 2015 equestrian show season was filled with success for riders and coaches at Queen Margaret’s School.
The British Columbia Hunter Jumper Association (BCHJA) agreed and presented several awards to students and the school’s head coach at their recent Awards Gala in Burnaby, BC.After an incredible show season which saw Grade 12 rider Kassidy Keith win double national medals in Toronto, it came as little surprise when she was recognized in multiple categories in Burnaby. Kassidy was presented with the Carol McGill Sportsmanship Award, given to a junior rider who best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship and compassion to their equine partner, the Maple Meadows Year End Junior Equitation Award, won for earning the highest standing in the 3’6”–3’9” equitation divisions over the season, and the Championship for the Junior A Equitation Division.
“This year was one of the best years of my life,” exclaims Keith. “I am so thankful to everyone who helped me get to this point and who supported me.”Grade 10 rider Emily Cake also walked away with two awards at the BCHJA Gala, including Reserve Champion in the 1.10m Junior Jumper Division and fourth in the 1m Junior Jumper. “Emily really stepped up and displayed adaptability this season, showing her skill set on a variety of different horses,” shares Jodine Buydens, QMS Equestrian Director. “We are very proud of the tremendous work put in by all of our athletes throughout the 2015 season.”It was also an exciting evening for QMS Head Coach Cheryl Keith, who was recognized with the BCHJA Coach of the Year Award. “It was a huge surprise when they announced my name,” says Keith.
“I’ve been coaching for over 20 years and this is definitely one of the pinnacles of my career. It was really memorable to stand on stage with my daughter, Kassidy, and my student Emily. I am very honoured.”An equine member of the QMS Royals also earned an award after a phenomenal year. Wallabee, who partnered with Kassidy Keith on her national titles, earned 2015 Horse of the Year from the BC Horse Council of BC. “I love that he was recognized for his hard work too,” says Buydens. “Wallabee was key to Kassidy’s success and we will always be grateful to QMS Alumni Jolene Benham for sharing him with us.”