Royals Riders Enjoy Success
April 26, 2016 – Duncan, BC, Canada – Following six grueling weeks in the desert, riders from the Queen Margaret’s School Equestrian Team are finally home, still buzzing from their experience.
QMS took their Head Coach, Cheryl Keith, QMS Equestrian Program Director, Jodine Buydens, and eight riders south to compete in the HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal, California, over a period of six weeks. Grade 12 rider Kassidy Keith departed in mid-February, ahead of the main team. She worked with four different horses during her six week stay and earned a long list of accolades during her competition.
The balance of the QMS Equestrian Team arrived in southern California with their horses in March. “Taking a team of this size to an international competition is a large undertaking,” explains QMS Equestrian Program Director, Jodine Buydens. “Coordinating the transportation of our students, their horses, equipment, and accommodation was time consuming. Yet the passion these athletes display for the equestrian sport makes the effort absolutely worth it.”
Head Coach Cheryl Keith was on the ground coaching QMS riders throughout their time in the desert. “These riders understand that it is their effort, on and off the saddle, that is going to result in building skills and hopefully win ribbons.” This year’s team was a mix of senior riders with a single junior rider.