QMS riders collect ribbons in California and Saanich events

The equestrian team from Queen Margaret’s School had strong results in April at competitions at Thermal, California and Saanich.

"Travelling to Thermal for the HITS Desert Circuit is always a huge undertaking," QMS Equestrian Head Coach Cheryl Keith said. "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."

Kassidy Keith won reserve champion in 1.2m jumper and first place in junior jumper low classic, and earned ribbons on Crackerjack in the 1.2m and 1.3m jumper divisions.

Ana Sofia Alban Madero, who also recently won a bronze medal at the FEI Children’s International Classic in Mexico, rode Piccadilly to first place in the 1.0m jumper division.

Other QMS riders who collected ribbons included Emily Cake, Eugenia Gutierrez Cantu, and coach Keith.

Later in April, QMS took a larger team to the Saanich Show in the Sun.

"The April SSITS went well," Keith said. "Our team once again made me very proud of their work ethic."

Hailey Gascoigne, on Liberty, was champion in the pre child hunter division and won the Buckerfield’s Hunter Classic.

Cake, on Marlowe, competed in the 1.10m division for the first time and placed third in the Campus Auto Specialty Class.Christine Coels, on Bella, won consistent ribbons in the .85m, .9m and children’s hunter divisions.

Miranda Lebeuf, on Carivero, had strong results on a new horse in the .75m jumper divisions. Lilian Jiang, on Hercules, had three second place ribbons in open pony and short stirrup divisions.

Kyra Westman, on LL Bean, was reserve champion in the .9m jumper division.

Cheryl Keith won the Campus Auto 1.10m Specialty Class on Carivero, won first place in the Danielle Fritz Hunter Classic on Hershey Kiss, and on was reserve champion in the pre green division on Carlton K. QMS is holding its own annual Spring Classic from Thursday to Sunday this week.