Cheam vaulters perform at provincials

Chilliwack's Cheam Vaulters did what they usually do at high-level events, recording numerous firsts and personal bests.

Athletes and horses from Chilliwack’s Cheam Vaulters competed at the BC Provincial Equestrian Vaulting Championships, held Sept. 27-29 at the Thunderbird Show Park in Langley.

Two Cheam horses were honored with championship trophies for outstanding performances. Rosie, a Percheron mare, was named the top canter horse in the A and AA divisions.

Tristan, a Percheron gelding, was named the best pairs/team horse.

Both are owned by Cheam head coach Alisa Schmidt-Anema, who competed herself and won the AA (advanced national) division.

Cheam’s Team Serenity — Bartly Dyck, Jessica Church, Darla Ricka, Taylor Eamor, Deseray Smith and Shianne Peters — won the canter team championship, dazzling during a four-minute freestyle routine.

Cheam’s Team Momentum — Chelsey Wierks, Jocey Vanderlende, Abigale Wynberg, Katie Pavicic, Hannah Campell and Mary Coates — placed third in the walk division.

In individual vaulting, athletes performed a series of compulsory exercises and a one-minute freestyle routine. The average of the two scores became their overall score in this competition.

At the division B (advanced provincial) canter level, three Cheam Vaulters  — Wynberg, Sponchia and Eamor — achieved personal best scores. Sponchia and Eamor finished first in the trot pairs class.

Victoria Woodbridge was named zone five champion in division D (novice) canter, finishing third overall.

Smith was third in first round freestyle at this level.

Campbell and Pavicic achieved personal bests.

Coates was first in freestyle and second overall in the division D walk class.

Sage Bennedictson and Samantha Kennedy placed 1-2 in the U-10 competitive class.

Cheam’s youngest competitor, five year old Jake Campbell, performed in the FUNdamentals demonstration class.