Horse jumping comes to life – Campbell River Mirror
The Campbell River Trail Riders Association is hosting a horse jumping competition this weekend (July 10 and 11), in what is the organization’s first major event since the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.
The first day of the event featured a “jumpers” competition, where approximately 30 runners completed timed races in 16 classes. Sunday, a competition of “hunters” emphasizes the appearance and the control of the rider and the horse.
“It’s great to be back,” said Kathy Tipper, director of the show, who has volunteered with the organization for over 40 years. “We were closed other than our tiny shows, which didn’t even have 10 people, but now we can have up to 50 spectators.”
However, the trail runners association needs volunteers to help organize these events, said Tipper, who hopes to resume hosting one event per month as it did before the pandemic.
The sport requires every rider to forge a close relationship with their horse, explained Ainsley Edwards, who competed in the jumper competition with her horse Maverick, with whom she has worked for five years.
“You and your horse are a team,” said Edwards.
Edwards has been competing in show jumping since the age of seven, after he started to climb to the top.
Edwards dreams of competing in the Olympics – and will look to equestrian competitions at Tokyo 2020 in a few weeks for inspiration. But until then, she will continue her training, which includes about two lessons and four hikes per week.