Two Langley rider-and-horse teams were as good as gold in two separate equestrian events at a national-level competition, held in Calgary in mid-September.
Sarah Sewell and her horse Brazil competed in the equestrian discipline of dressage and snagged top honours, bringing home the individual gold medal in the senior division at the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships, held Sept. 13-15.
Ayla Martinoff, who rode a horse named Elton, also received top honours with the individual gold medal in show jumping. Elton, who also hails from Langley, is owned by Copperstone Ventures Ltd.
B.C.’s provincial sport organization for equestrian sport, Horse Council BC, sent a team of 11 riders, coaches and a chef d’equipe to Rocky Mountain Show Jumping in Calgary to compete against teams from nine other provinces at the event.
Sewell couldn’t speak highly enough of her time at the competition, and of her teammates and coaches.
“Team BC, we did it!” she exclaimed. “Everyone improved so much and were so supportive of each other. I’m so proud to be a part of Team BC.”
Team BC placed fourth overall in the competition.
Team BC’s Dressage Coach for Team BC was Eleonore Elstone from Langley.
Elstone competed as an equestrian at the Paralympic Games in Beijing 2008 as well as London 2012 and currently coaches in Langley.
Show jumping coach Brian Morton, also from Langley, is currently the leading Canadian rider at Spruce Meadows in Alberta and has won several Grand Prix events in 2013.
ABOUT THE CIEC
The Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships is a sanctioned Equine Canada competition.
This team event offers athletes the opportunity to test their skills against their peers from across Canada.
The CIEC is a collaborative event between the national and provincial sport organizations governing equestrian competition, whereby provincial/territorial sport organizations field teams representing their respective province/territory.
It also acts a key event in the development of equestrian’s next generation of national, international and world champions.
In addition, it is a platform for talent identification for athletes, coaches and officials.
The equestrian disciplines of dressage, jumping and reining classes for both junior and senior riders are available for entry.
Nine provincial/territorial sport organizations were represented by teams of athletes at the inaugural event that was held in 2012 in conjunction with the Quebec Equestrian Games in Bromont, Que.
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