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Local duo tops horse competition
Ayla Martinoff and Sarah Sewell of Langley were individual Gold Medalists at the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships in Calgary. The competition took place Sept. 13-15 and Rocky Mountain Show Jumping and the Alberta Equestrian Federation hosted the event.
Nine provinces sent senior and junior athletes to compete in dressage, show jumping and reining.
Team BC consisted of eight athletes, two coaches (Eleonore Elstone and Brian Morton of Langley) and a Chef d’equipe (Ali Buchanan of Langley).
Ayla, riding Elton, owned by Copperstone Ventures Ltd, was very successful in show jumping, placing third on Friday and Saturday, and first on Sunday. Her placings secured her the Senior Individual Gold Medal in the overall standings.
Sarah, riding her own horse Brazil, was also very successful in dressage. She placed third on Friday and Saturday, and first on Sunday out of a field of 25 riders. She too received the Senior Individual Gold Medal in the overall standings.
These results led Ayla and Sarah to nickname themselves “Team Consistent.”
Team BC also came home with the Team Bronze Medal in dressage. The team consisted of Sarah, Linda Poel of Lone Butte, Tegan Payne of 150 Mile House and Karyssa Church of Prince George.
Team BC also placed fourth place in the overall standings.
The 2013 competition was the third year of the competition being held. It was the first year that B.C. was able to take their own horses to the event. The first two years, the CIECs were held in Bromont, Quebec and B.C. team members rode on borrowed horses.
Team BC was made possible by the provincial sport organization, Horse Council of BC and the sponsorship of Capri Insurane, Asmar Equestrian, Greenhawk Langley, the Dog and Pony Shop and the Equestrian Factory Outlet Langley.