Tiffany Foster will ride for Canada during Friday’s Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup. The equestrian show jumping gets underway at 4 p.m. Friday at Thunderbird Show Park

Langley’s Thunderbird Show Park welcomes world

Top international riders and horses are in Langley for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup.

The world is coming to Thunderbird Show Park on Friday.

The Langley Equestrian Centre is hosting the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup equestrian horse jumping series competition.

The event begins at 4 p.m. and will run until roughly 6:30 p.m. at Thunderbird, 24550 72nd Ave.

Admission is free.

June 3 marks the first time an Olympic calibre FEI (International Equestrian Federation) equestrian team jumping competition will take place in B.C.

Canadian Olympians and other top athletes from Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Ireland, and Belgium will come together to compete for their country’s chance to compete at the international equestrian championships in Barcelona in September.

During Friday’s event, each horse will complete 12 to 16 jumps in each of two rounds.

If there is a tie after two rounds, there will be a “jump off.”

The tied teams will pick a rider to jump another six to eight jumps and the fastest competitor will be declared the winner.

Team Canada will feature local athlete and Canadian Olympian Tiffany Foster and Olympic gold medalist Eric Lamaze.

Foster, originally from North Vancouver, was Canada’s youngest equestrian competitor at the 2012 Olympic Games.

She has overcome adversity after breaking her back in 2008 while riding a young horse, and doctors feared she would never walk again, let alone ride.

Unfazed, she burst onto the international show jumping circuit in 2011 and has represented Canada in 22 Nation Cup events and the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.

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