From the stables comes word that the girls from Flying Changes Riding School in Coombs had a summer to remember and did Oceanside proud.
From April through September, the locals were competing monthly in Victoria at different venues alongside over 70 other riders at the Vancouver Island Hunter Jumper Association’s six-stop Summer Series.
The group capped off their summer season with a stellar showing at the Saanich Shows In the Sun Sept. 30 — Oct. 2, and collected their hardware at the awards banquet at Bear Mountain Resort on Oct. 15.
Randi Joyce, 14, and her horse Mariachi won overall champion honours in the Jr./Am 2’9” Jumper, and garnered third in the GreenHawk Final.
Breanna Marinus, 15, and her horse Juno won Reserve Champion Overall in the Low 2’9” Jumpers.
Kelsey Seimens, 18, on Canadian Spice, took top honours in the 3’3” Coastal Equestrian final.
Teresa Duerden, 15, on Midnight Mariah was the 3’ Jr/Am Jumper Overall Champion.
Holly Andrews, 15, on Rising Tide, won the 2’6” Hunter Derby.
Kim Ward and her horse Untouchable teamed up to take top honours in the Adult Amateur 3’ and the Low 3’ champion overall.
“These girls have all worked very hard all season for their achievements,” said Flying Changes founder, head coach and driving force Gina Kararrigas, who makes it clear she’s “super proud” of her girls.
The Oceanside Hunter Jumper Series kicks off Nov. 5, 6 with shows in February and March. Flying Changes Riding School offers English riding lessons for the pleasure rider or competitor. For details go to flyingchangesridingschool.com.