Kassidy Keith wrapped up her phenomenal career with the Queen Margaret’s School equestrian team with three championships and two reserve champion titles at the Thunderbird Classic and BC Open at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley earlier this month.
“I’m really excited about my future,” Keith said. “Immediately after my graduation banquet I’m going to Washington state to ride with Shelley Kerron at Legacy Hunters & Jumpers Stables in Woodinville. This is an exciting opportunity for me to develop my riding skills.”
Keith rode Crackerjack to reserve champion in junior amateur 1.3m and fourth in 1.35m open jumper classic, and rode Maplebrook’s Heaven to the championship in junior hunter and reserve championship in junior A equitation. She was champion in hunter 3’3” on Press to Play, and in training pony hunter on Dreams Come True.
Keith hopes that her wins at Thunderbird will help her earn a place on the U18 North American riders team.
Also at Thunderbird, Hannah Anderson was champion in pre-child equitation and short stirrup hunter, and reserve champion in pre-child hunter on Rosewood.
Kyra Westman finished second in 1.0m jumpers on LL Bean, and finished third in training and children’s jumper and took the fourth place CET medal on Storm Warning.
Emily Cake rode Will I Am to second in training jumper and reserve champion in showpark hunter.
Tianna Jerome finished second in low hunter on Rosewood.
The Thunderbird Classic and BC Open are the last two shows for the QMS Royals each school year, and it’s not always easy to take a complete team.
“This has been one of our busiest competition years to date,” head coach Cheryl Keith said. “Our riders have been riding hard all year and are tired, so it’s incredible to watch them dig deep and achieve success.”
With the season and school year now over, the QMS equestrian program will turn its focus to summer camps that focus on building riding skills, Equine Canada riding levels, horse psychology and pre-veterinary studies. Visit qms.bc.ca for more information.