Riders help Alberta win gold
Equestrian: Rocky Mountain Showjumping hosts national event
By: Bruce Campbell
| Posted: Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 06:00 am
A pair of Foothills riders helped Team Alberta win a gold medal at a national show jumping competition near Okotoks.
Chantelle Moore of DeWinton and Jessie Prpich of Priddis were part of Team Alberta’s show jumping foursome, which earned the overall title at the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships at the Rocky Mountain Show Jumping facilities northeast of Okotoks on Sept. 12-15.
“It feels awesome — we just had an awesome team,” said the 12-year-old Prpich. “I was glad to do this so close to home.”
The events consisted of each province having four riders competing in reining, show jumping and dressage, with the high-point total winning the overall title.
Team Alberta was as consistent as Ian Millar and Big Ben jumping rails back in the day. It finished second in dressage and show jumping and was first in reining to win the overall title.
One of the advantages to being so close to home is Prpich was able to use her own horse, Carat F, rather than transporting the prized equine across the country as other riders had to do.
“He was awesome, we just knocked down one rail for the whole show,” said Prpich, a John Paul II Collegiate student. “I got him just in May and it took me about two months to get to know his stride and his timing because my other horse was so different from him.”
They have gotten to know each other fairly well in just a few months.
Prpich was the top junior rider for Team Alberta and was fourth nationally while Carat F was clearing 1.1 metres at the interprovincial championships.
While Prpich was using a relatively new horse, her teammate, Moore, was using a horse that didn’t even belong to her.
She was using her trainer’s horse Blackwatch, for the competition.
“My round on Sunday was really good but I ended up hitting a rail so I didn’t end up placing,” said Moore, a Foothills Composite High School student. “But we (Team Alberta) got second in show jumping which was really good.
“I had a tough week because I had a different horse and I hit a rail, but I was happy because I just wanted to move forward,” Moore said “It was kind of tough to adjust myself to a new partner, but it went well.”
She said the experience was one of the highlights of her young equestrian career.
“I have learned a lot, to work with a team, be supportive,” Moore said. “You want to be competitive but you want to cheer everyone on. It was a great experience.”
To qualify for Team Alberta both Moore and Prpich had to submit portfolios with their past results to the Alberta Equestrian Federation.
The other provinces competing were British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.
For more information about the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships go to www.cec-en.ca