Dressage rider from the Island off to Kentucky

North Saanich’s Amy Wellburn at North American championships for young riders

Amy Wellburn is in Kentucky this week competing in the North American Junior Young Rider Championships.

North Saanich resident Amy Wellburn is living out her dream.

The 20-year-old Parkland Secondary School grad is currently in Kentucky with her horse Nelson competing in the North American Young Rider Championships in the discipline of dressage.

“Riding is my main focus right now,” explained Wellburn before she left.

“I was in school studying general sciences at Camosun but when I found out I had qualified to go to Kentucky I took a semester off to focus on riding.”

Wellburn had to go through a rigorous qualifying process that meant she had to attend various shows and compete in front of two judging panels.

She was the only B.C. young rider that qualified.

“I was put on a team with two others representing Western Canada, a boy from Alberta and a girl from Manitoba. Then there’s other competitors coming from Eastern Canada for a total of 10 Canadians attending.

“It’s pretty special to be representing Western Canada and especially B.C. and Southern Vancouver Island,” Wellburn said.

Athletes from Canada, the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean, Puerto Rico and Bermuda will be competing in Kentucky until July 20.

“In preparation I’ve been training six days a week to stay on top of everything. It’s been a lot of hard work but we are bonded now as a team,” Wellburn explained, adding that the acclimatization to being in Kentucky will be an important aspect.

“You can’t predict things when you’re working with animals. You don’t want to push them too hard and you have to be sensitive to how they are doing in a different environment.”

She said local sponsors, coaches and friends and family have been integral in her qualifying and preparing for the Championships.

“I train with Lisette de Rooy in North Saanich as well as Shelly Lauder from Vancouver. They’ve both been great and huge helps to me and Nelson, I wouldn’t be here without them. Also, so many local businesses and family and friends have been so supportive. It’s very humbling,” she said.

“Right now I’m just focused on competing and I’m excited just to go down and be a part of the experience. It’s a once in lifetime opportunity.”

 

reporter@peninsulanewsreview.com

 

Just Posted

Cycling Without Age raises funds for program

Free rides for seniors coming to Sidney

SidFest raises $1,500 for youth clinic

For the sixth year, SidFest has been an opportunity for talented high… Continue reading

Tanner’s Books owner is running for Sidney mayor

Cliff McNeil-Smith says managing growth is his top priority

Feast of Fields settles in for the summer of 2018

Vancouver Island Feast set for Kildara Farms in North Saanich on Aug. 26

CREST technology goes digital

System handles one call every four seconds

New stage highlight of Brentwood Bay Festival

Peninsula Country Market vendors and music accompany start of summer celebration

5 fun things to do this weekend in Greater Victoria

Car Free YYJ, family fishing, Sooke bluegrass, walk for cancer and a mascot’s birthday

Sidney painter also a preacher

Patrick Chu opens new studio; off to China this month

B.C. NHL prospect expected to make ‘full recovery’ after incident in Calgary

Jordy Bellerive was injured in a reported house fire Saturday night

BC Lions defensive back Marcell Young levels streaker in home opener

Young hit the fan near one of the 45-yard lines

Police: Taxi driver who hit 8 Moscow pedestrians fell asleep

Two Mexican World Cup fans were among those hit

B.C. VIEWS: Orphans of our urban drug culture neglected again

Child advocate Bernard Richard leaves B.C. with harsh message

From marijuana beer to pot cookies, Canadian companies creating cannabis edibles

Manufacturers think that edibles will do well with users who don’t want to smoke or vape

Privacy lawyer warns against victim blaming in recent sextortion scams

Perpetrators get sexual photos of the victim and threaten to share them with friends and families

Most Read