The Squamish Valley Equestrian Association (SVEA) wrapped up its competitive show season on Oct. 13 with the annual Hunter/Jumper Schooling Show.
Riders of all ages competed for ribbons and prizes in more than 30 classes. According to SVEA president Katie Matthews, it was a good way to finish 2013.
"We could not have ordered better weather or a better turnout for our last show of the season," she said. "These local shows encourage young riders to develop their equestrian skills as well as promote sportsmanship and teamwork. Thank you to all in the community who came out to support and encourage our riders."
Show Director Doanne Russell agreed.
"This show was amazing to watch," she said. "The riders have improved so much since our last show in May. A big thank you to our local coaches who helped the kids get prepared. It makes me very proud to be part of the SVEA. I look forward to our next show early next spring".
Squamish has an enduring legacy of successful junior riders. This year, in keeping with the club's history, several junior riders have continued to bring home first-place finishes in some of B.C.'s most competitive shows.
Notable Highpoint Champions (winners of their individual divisions) included Mia Mortolotto (Novice), Trinity Fearon (Green Rider), Tanya Fearon (Junior), Robyn Marjoribanks (Advanced), and Valerie Jankovitch (Rusty Stirrup).
For those interested in getting involved, the SVEA invites you to attend the annual general meeting on Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Sandman Inn.
Next spring, the SVEA will host its second annual Equi-Fair, a free community event. For more details, visit www.svea.ca.