Vaulters excel in international competition

Chilliwack's Cheam Vaulters took on top competition at the Canada Cup and Future Championships equestrian event at Heritage Park.

Chilliwack welcomed some of the world’s top equestrian vaulters to the Canada Cup and Future Champions events at Heritage Park last weekend.

Chilliwack’s Cheam Vaulters competed in three levels of international competition, plus walk and canter classes at the national and provincial level.

Vaulters head coach Alisa Schmidt finished eighth in the highest international level and has qualified to represent Canada at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy later this year. Schmidt and Darla Ricka teamed up to win silver for Canada in the second highest division for pas de deux (pairs).

Also representing Canada, Bartly Dyck won silver in the first international level for individual men and Cassie Sponchia finished fourth in the second level for junior women. Sponchia and Taylor Eamor joined forces for a personal best score in their pairs routine in the first level of international competition.

In the Future Champions section of the event, Hannah Campbell was fifth overall with a personal best score in beginning canter. In the U-10 beginner walk section, Samantha Kennedy was second overall on the horse and first for freestyle on the stationary barrel.

Hannah Kennedy was fourth, Trinity Smadello was fifth and Ayva Kennedy (Cheam’s youngest competitor) was seventh in this large class.

For more information about the Cheam Vaulters or the sport in general, email

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