May 3 and 4 proved to be a weekend of excellence at the Summerland Spring Discovery show in Summerland, BC. A total of six Princeton equestrians participated and competed in hunter, jumper and dressage classes.
Local riders enjoyed excellent judging by Mary Ellen Laidlaw of Winfield, who offered suggestions, advice, and encouragement throughout the weekend. Young riders from Princeton included Miranda Crucil, Kami French and Tallis Dixon; Adult riders included Stephanie Antonick, Lana Anderson, and Cindy Rochoon. All of the ladies received a myriad of ribbons, including a number of first placings, and participated in as many as 8 events per day.
Many might not be aware of the incredible english riders we have in Princeton. Competing in hunter, jumper, cross-country jumping and dressage events means disciplined training for both horse and rider, often having to transport horses out of town, camp out, and ensure that both horses and riders are in excellent physical condition, impeccably groomed and prepared for the pressures of competition. While the Summerland Discovery show enjoys a more relaxed event style, allowing for riders of all ages to compete in a supportive environment, many shows are much more competitive. Keep an eye on these local athletes, as their futures in this equestrian sport are very bright. Congratulations to everyone who represented Princeton in Summerland, and the very best of luck in the 2014 season.