On August 29th - 30th Spirit Ridge held a Nations Cup challenge for all its family members. This was our first opportunity this year for all of us to get together within our farm family bubble and have some fun together. Each team had to have a dressage rider, a X pole jumper, a 2'3 jumper and a 2'6 jumper - team of 4. There was also the individual challenge of a mini CET for those that jumped 2'3 and under and then a CET for those that jumped 2'6 and over. As well as ending the weekend with a Gamblers Choice trail class. Prizes and ribbons for everyone. We thank our judges Erika Van Meenan & Marilee Moss, our sponsors D&L Environmental, Naka Orchards and Greenhawk. A big shout out to Mel & Stacey Lund, Amy & Al Catton and Leila Templin for all your hard work. And thanks to all the riders and families for stepping in when needed and making this a true Spirit Ridge Family event.
Congratulations to the following riders and horses that competed at the Vernon Horse show this past weekend. It was a very fun, successful show. Here are some highlights:
Tori and Opus won their 0.70m jumper class yesterday out of 25 horses and was third in the second one.
Kenzie also won her jumper and won her undersaddle class yesterday.
Joni was second in her pole hunter. And two fourths in the walk trot classes.
Bailey and Bean were second and third yesterday in their jumpers! Great Riding Bailey!
Alicia and Lily got two second in their hunters on Saturday and won their equitation yesterday out of 15 horses.
Hana and Opus had great placings. They won their 11 and under undersaddle yesterday out of 12 horses.
Poppy and Romeo won their very first jumper class ever and also were fourth in the 11 and under undersaddle out of 12.
Sydney and Arrow had some great placings including a fourth in their undersaddle and it made me so proud watching Arrow going around so nicely at her first show. Great job Syd.
Bella and Arrow got some great placings which included a second in their very first 2 foot class as well as some nice results in their jumpers!!
Shelby and Nevada had a super weekend. Nevada ended up fifth in her 2 foot class on Saturday. This was Nevada’s first ever show and we just taught him to jump back in April! Amazing!!
Debbie and Gigi were so good yesterday in the jumpers and had a couple of great rounds!! Great riding Deb! to edit.
A big congratulations out to our Spirit Ridge family who competed at the Kelowna Spring Classic horse show. It was a great week with lots of success and wonderful teamwork. Congratulations to the following horse and rider combinations.
Our more adult family members we hope celebrated a great weekend for all of them!
Gigi was baby green champion and many great placings with Deb in the pre adult division. We look forward to more from this pair this year.
Denise and Bres has many great placings in the 1.10 and 1.15m jumpers including second in the mini prix.
Frankie and Leila ended up third.
Our pre adults were amazing and great role models for our youngsters both in the ring and out, and certainly get the red ribbon for sportsmanship! As well as the following placings:
Alicia and Micca were pre child reserve champions. Micca just turned 4 years old a week ago and it was her first show.
The young ones were also out there proving they are to be taken as serious competition.
Rebecca and Jellybean were Beginner hunter champions and also great results in the low hunter classes against some of the pros.
Bailey and Opus had many wins in their division.
Bella and Maddie also came home with many great wins.
Kenzie and Joni had a super show on Cinnamon. It was Joni’s second show ever and both Kenzie and Joni came home with many red ribbons. Even at 20 years old Cinnamon has so much to teach her young riders.
A huge congratulations and thank you to Leila Templin who ensures her students are not only safe, but also solid in their riding, and most importantly having a great time out there.
Not to be forgotten are the horses and ponies who tirelessly give to us every inch of effort they have in them. These horses love their riders and it shows that we have some great rider/horse partnerships.
And a thank you to each parent and family member or friend that came out to support and cheer on these riders. This sport is not for the light hearted and takes great dedication and sacrifice and a great support team behind each rider.
Spirit Ridge is so proud of all our riders, but everyone seems to take their turn in the spotlight and Kelly and her partner Welly are well deserving of their time in the limelight.
Kelly is not only an amazing SR family member, who always comes to the barn with a smile on her face, and a huge heart and quick to lend a hand to her fellow barn mates and the barn itself.
This weekend, Kelly finished her show season in a spectacular fashion - this amazing duo placed 4th in the Prelim Division and 3rd in the Championship. I know her coach, Leahona Rowland (also a SR coach) will be proud as punch of these two.
August 17, 18th and 19th - Busy Weekend for everyone.
Thunder Bird - Spirit Ridge Riders and our owners Mel, Stacey and Sierra are all down spreading the Spirit Ridge Spirit and possibly enjoying some clearer skies then up in the Okanagan.
Campbell Valley - Our very talented eventer pair, Kelly and Welly went down to enjoy the grass fields and some blue(ish) skies.
Sunridge Meadows - Dressage ladies, Shauna, Liz, Joan,and Laurel all went to make sure that they left their mark on the Kamloops Camp! And if they didn't leave their mark in the ring (still waiting for some updates) I know by this photo they left their mark on their visa's and at Sara Vey's mobile tack shop.
Vernon - Leila took a small group of riders and horses (some of them for their first show) to the Vernon Riding Club Fun H/J Show. A BIG thank you to Vernon for continuing to put on such welcoming and great events! 99% of Leila's riders did amazing (minus the website admin who took a flying unplanned dismount - shout out to Vernon Emergency for the great care. This was Liam and Romeo's first show and first time together over fences. Sam and Romeo laid it down on both Hunter and Jumper day! Terri had her hands full between being a great show mum, riding her own horse Luc to some spectacular wins but also being Ava's catch rider while I was laid up. And finishing up the group was Alecia (Poko) and Debbie (Gigi) cleaning up the balance of the ribbons. A personal thank you to Leila, Terri and my hubby Al on filling in and taking such good care of my pony while I was laid up.
Not sure I could be more proud of everyone !!!!! Way to enjoy a summers weekend!!!
This is the third year we've had a mounted games day, usually around Sierra's birthday, and every year it gets bigger and better. Despite the scorching heat of 36 - 38 degrees - and the games taking place at the hottest point of the day - fun was had by all.
Teams were broken down to a couple in Lead Line, then Wee One, Young Equestrians and then our competitive and speedy Teen group. Events were Egg & Spoon (no cheating of course), Toilet Paper Race, Bubble Gum Race, Izzy Dizzy (thank god no one was sick or passed out, I think we may retire this game) and the rider and crowd favorite the apple bobbing (horse or rider).
To finish the hot afternoon we had a slip and slide for kids and adults (yeah for Tori in being the biggest kid!) and an amazing potluck and BBQ.
Thank you to Leila for all her assistance with the games, to Melony & Stacey Lund and Al Catton for all the pre-work that went into making the place ready. A big appreciation out to Diamond H Tack https://diamondhtack.ca/ for their sponsorship of prizes. An the biggest THANKS to all the kids who participated and the family members that came out to this event!
ps - I think the slip and slide will be making an appearance again before the summer is out!
Next door to Spirit Ridge is miles and miles of trail riding. You can ride all the way up to the University, Aberdeen Academy, Roberts Lake - As you can see by the Google Image - if the farm is 18 acres then you can see the vast amount of treed area that can be explored. The following are some of the images from our SR family as they venture out.
Congratulations to Leila Templin (Coach) and all your riders :
Debbie Davis & Gigi (.70 - .75 Jumpers)
Amy Catton & Ava (.70 - .75 Jumpers / Hunter Derby)
Taeya Rippel & Frankie (2'6 - 2'9 Hunters / Hunter Derby)
Paige Rippel & Panda (Cross Rail Hunter / Under Saddle Classes)
Danica Cormier & Jellybean (2'3 Hunter) * Jellybeans first show
MacKenzie Hanson & Cinnamon (Cross Rail Hunter / Under Saddle Classes)
Rebecca Carlone & Jellybean (Cross Rail Hunter) * Rebecca's first show
Samara Levitan & Jellybean (Cross Rail Hunter) * Samara's first show
Congratulations to Caroline Weeks (Coach) and all your riders:
Dakoa Taylor & Tiki (.90 - 1.10 Jumpers / CET Mini Medal / Hunter Derby)
Sierra Lund & Floyd (.90 - 1.10 Jumpers / CET Mini Medal / Hunter Derby)
Despite the driving rain, the wet & cold rides and waiting - everyone came out of the rings with ribbons, championships, reserve championships and best of all SMILES !!! Well done ladies!!!