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QMS Equestrian Team Hits the High Jumps

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   September 30, 2013 14:45


Photo (courtesy of Barbara Rankin): QMS Head Coach Cheryl Keith rode Go Shorty to win the BCHJA Canadian

QMS Riders Start the School Season
September 30th, 2013 ‐ Duncan, BC, Canada – It may have been a soggy start to the season, but the Queen
Margaret’s School Equestrian Team didn’t let the weather bring them down at the British Columbia Hunter
Jumper Association (BCHJA) Fall Finals at Thunderbird Show Park, Langley the weekend of September 21‐22.
Weather aside, the BCHJA Fall Finals is an incredibly challenging competition for riders of all levels to compete at.
“We enjoy taking team members to this show in Langley because of the great facilities, wonderful riders and team
atmosphere,” explains QMS Head Coach Cheryl Keith. “Their poise and professionalism were there each time they
entered the arena.”
Christine Coels (Grade 10) on QMS’ Clockwork continued her winning streak with a Championship win in 2’3” Short
Stirrup Hunter and Reserve Champion 2’6” Pre‐Children’s Equitation, while teammate Kassidy Keith rode Wallabee
to a Championship finish in the B Equitation division.
Grade 10 rider Catherine Rankin’s horse Go Shorty has been called “the little engine that could” and continues to
earn top marks in the Pacific Northwest. Not only did Rankin ride him to win Champion in 3’ Children’s Equitation
(14 & Under) and Reserve Champion in the 3’ Children’s Hunter (14 & Under), Cheryl Keith chose to compete with
him as well. Keith describes Go Shorty as an outstanding horse.
Keith won 3’3” Pre‐Green Champion on Go Shorty and stunned the audience in the BCHJA Canadian Hunter Derby
division by earning a score of 93, plus 20 bonus points for a total of 113. “This was the highest score we have seen
all year in the Canadian Hunter Derby series at Thunderbird,” says Jane Tidball, President Thunderbird Show Park.
“Go Shorty is a real favourite at Thunderbird. Congratulations!”

About Queen Margaret’s School
Established in 1921, Queen Margaret's School (QMS) is located on 27 country‐like acres in Duncan, BC. QMS offers
a co‐ed ECE Program and Junior School (Kindergarten‐Grade 6), all boys Grade 7/8 Program, University‐Preparatory
School for girls (Grades 7‐12) and all girls Boarding School (Grades 6‐12). Queen Margaret’s School is home to
Canada's only on‐campus Equestrian Riding Program and a small intensive ESL Program. The school's
comprehensive scholastic and extra‐curricular programs provide opportunities for achievement and personal
growth through academics, sports, visual and performing arts, riding and community service.

660 Brownsey Avenue
Duncan, British Columbia, Canada V9L 1C2
T (250) 746‐4185 | F (250) 746‐4187 | hpicard@qms.bc.ca

For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:
Hayley Picard
Communications Coordinator
Queen Margaret’s School
250‐746‐4185 ext. 236 | hpicard@qms.bc.ca


posted by Horse Owner Today    |   January 12, 2013 08:29


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posted by Horse Owner Today    |   October 17, 2012 08:47


EquiMania! has been busy this year traveling all over Ontario and the U.S, recruiting EquiManiacs keen  on learning more about horses and safety. 
Thanks to generous sponsorship from Kubota, Ontario Equestrian Federation, SSG Gloves, System Fencing, Pfizer Animal Health, ShurGain and Workplace Safety and Prevention Services;  EquiMania! continues to be a family favorite!
After being featured at many local fall fairs, EquiMania!  will bring its hugely popular interactive display to Toronto for the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair to wind up its 2012 tour.  Look for the new displays featuring "Report on Research" videos and a Colic Prevention exhibit.   And back by popular demand - EquiMania! Explorer - an interactive safety activity for kids.
Learn how to become an EquiMania! volunteer!   You could bring your whole barn to volunteer for the day - find out what we have to offer.
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Danger Detective Is Now Online For Kids!

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   April 12, 2012 06:24


The hugely popular ‘Danger Detective’ workbook has come to life online at www.EquiMania.ca.  Interactive flash activities and videos make learning about safety on the horse farm fun!  Kids can click their way to a printable certificate after completing online games in five categories:  rider safety, safety around the horse, safety around equipment, safety in the barn and safety outside.

 ‘Danger Detective on the Horse Farm’ aims to take a “byte” out of the #1 causes of horse and equipment-related injuries and fatalities to youth. The way to keep our children safe is through education, and Equine Guelph has rallied with the industry to present this significant project.  Major partners include:  Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) which receives funding from Growing Forward – a federal-provincial-territorial initiative; Equine Guelph; Equine Canada; Kubota Canada; SSG Gloves; Saddle Up SAFELY; System Fencing and Tack; University of Kentucky College of Agriculture (The Equine Initiative); University of Kentucky HealthCare; and Workplace Safety & Prevention Services.  All equine federations are on-board, including:  Alberta Equestrian Federation, Alberta Farm Safety Centre, Equine Association of Yukon, Fédération équestre du Québec, Horse Council British Columbia, Island Horse Council, Manitoba Horse Council, New Brunswick Equestrian Federation, Newfoundland Equestrian Association, Nova Scotia Equestrian Federation Ontario Equestrian Federation and Saskatchewan Horse Federation.

“Equine Guelph is excited to provide this great opportunity for kids to learn more about horses and safety online through the help of our committed industry partners,” says Gayle Ecker, Director Equine Guelph.  “The online tool is interactive and kids will have fun while learning.”

Visit www.EquiMania.ca and use your cyber-savvy to become a Danger Detective on the horse farm!


Story by:  Jackie Bellamy

Photo Caption:  Kids can go online to learn about safety on the horse farm with fun interactive activities.

Photo available:   Illustration of kids by Ruth Benns

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