The Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships (CIEC) took place between September 21 – 23, 2012 in Bromont, Quebec and was attended by a total of nine Provinces and their respective Horse Councils.
Team BC went with a team of eight riders, a coach, a Chef de Quipe and quite the entourage of parents.
Team members say they had a great time riding and competing with the other provinces and got to have the unique experience of competing on horses they’ve never ridden before.
Team BC placed fifth in the overall provincial standings.
They also came home with a Team Bronze Medal in Reining with senior competitor Darcey Woods of Barriere, and junior competitor Whitney Watson-Wilson of Salmon Arm, comprising the team result. A second medal, an Individual Bronze Medal in Dressage was won by Shelley Mills of Langley.
This was Woods’ second year in a row representing Team BC at the Championships in Quebec. She is currently the president of the Barriere and District Riding Club, and heads up the Light Horse Division at the North Thompson Fall Fair.
The Horse Council of BC reports, “All riders did an excellent job at performing on leased horses with only two days warm up to become familiar with their mounts.”
The 2013 CIEC competition may take place in Calgary, Alberta, whereby Team BC will be able to compete on their own qualified horses.