Bria Gainey on her horse

Kelowna teen rides to equestrian gold

Bria Gainey wins two grand titles at B.C. Open in Langley

Bria Gainey has put Kelowna firmly on the province’s equestrian map, thanks to her riding exploits at the B.C. Open earlier this month at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley.

Competing in a large field of riders and horses from Canada and the U.S., Bria won two Grand Championship titles.

Gainey, 13 captured the 2’9″ Modified Child/Adult Hunter and Equitation event, as well as finishing first in the 2’9″ classic.

This is Bria’s first show season on her new horse Titania.

Amanda McCormack, who rides at Cattail Equestrian Centre, placed third in the same 2’9″ Classic.

Also performing well was Halle Gainey who won third place ribbons in 2’9″ Pony Hunter and Pony Classic divisions.

Bria and Halle Gainey have been riding and competing since they were four and five years old, respectively.  Both girls learned to ride with Tracy Avery at her riding stable on Munson Road in Kelowna. The Gaineys now compete and ride six days a week with Tracy’s daughter, Kate Mincey.

Bria will be part the high performance program OKM next year so she can ride and compete on the A Circuit in B.C.

For the past three years, Halle and her horse, Sterling Silver, have been consistently winning in the 2’9″ Pony Hunters, an extremely competitive event

The girls will be back competing at Milner Downs and Thunderbird in Langley this summer, and also plan to compete in the desert circuit this winter in Thermal, California.


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