Equestrian excellence at Heritage Park

Heritage Park will be home to the horse this weekend as the 2012 BC Vaulting Championship rolls into town.

Over 100 equestrian vaulters from throughout BC, Alberta and Washington State gather this weekend at Heritage Park for the 2012 BC Vaulting Championship.

Hosted by the Equestrian Vaulting Association of BC, the three-day event (Friday-Sunday) features all levels of vaulting from the crowd-pleasing tiny tots right up to international level competitors.  Classes begin at 6 p.m. Friday night with the first round compulsories for those competing in canter.

Saturday is a big day for competitors and fans alike. Classes run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Two areas will feature mounted classes for walk, trot and canter levels.

A third area will be used for freestyle classes on a stationary barrel. The competition wraps up Sunday morning, with the final round of freestyles at canter beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Championship classes will determine who will take home the 2013 provincial and zone titles.

There is no admission charge and the public is encouraged to attend all sessions.

Parking is free.

Equestrian vaulting is the sport of gymnastics and acrobatics on a moving horse. It is one of the disciplines recognized by the International Equestrian Federation and it is featured every four years in the World Equestrian Games.