Local equestrian vaulting team Koot-Neigh hosted the Kutenai Summer Fest recently.

Second Summer Fest sizzles

Local equestrian vaulting team Koot-Neigh hosted the second Kutenai Summer Fest at the Nelson and District Riding Club.

The second annual Kutenai Summer Fest was a huge success.

Hosted by local equestrian vaulting team Koot-Neigh and held at the Nelson and District Riding Club, the audience and judge Kendel Edmonds were treated to performances of all levels from Tiny Tots five years and up to advanced AA Women’s Canter.

Pairs and team were also showcased, where two to six athletes share the horse, as well as routines on a stationary barrel. Participants included 19 local athletes as well as visiting club MountainWind from Colville.

Local talent included Indigo Bowick, Ella Gotzy, Noor Lammers, Cloe and Priya Comstock, Emma Lake, Gwen McCrory, Rayne Loeppky, Versailles McGeady-Bruce, Ellise Southam, Korynn Weber, Rayna and Richelle Pickering, Isabella Grill, Agathe Passaro, Lillian Jacques, Selina and Julia Kromer-Anton, Murrin Gingras, as well as horses Azrael, Quinette, Tesslin, Suenami and Elli.

Equestrian vaulting is dance and gymnastics with horses. It is documented as the safest of the seven Federation Equestrian International disciplines. Athletes can come from many different skill-sets, and all instruction is provided with certified coaching.

Kathryn Gardner Photography

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