POWASSAN – Team Canada took home bronze in eventing at the North American Young Rider Championships in Kentucky and a local name was on the winning team.
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Sable Giesler, 17 of Powassan, was one of four team members representing Canada in the competition that is the equestrian equivalent of the Junior Olympics.
Giesler was picked to represent young riders under the age of 21 and was not only the youngest on the team but competed with girls above the age of 20.
As many as seven teams from the United States, Mexico and some of the islands were also represented at the games.
Equestrian eventing is a combination of dressage, cross-country and show jumping in which Giesler also competed individually coming in 12th.
She says her horse Rambo, who competes under the moniker Evil Munchin, faired well in this competition.
“Dressage was decent, we could have been a bit higher,” she says.
Unfortunately a steep embankment threw off her game during the cross-country competition.
“I got a bit out of position on the way down and then we had a really narrow jump three strides after the down bank,” she said. “Since I was out of position we had a run by on that jump.”
Missing the jump cost her 20 penalty points, which put her out of the running for individual medals.
“Show jumping on the last day he jumped really well. He had one of the only clear rounds,” she said. “There were only three other clear and they were the gold, silver and bronze medalists.”
There is only one more big ride for Giesler this season at the Ontario Championships in the fall.
“That’s pretty much it for this year,” she said.
Giesler who has spent her summers training in Florida plans to move there full-time for training. In the fall she plans to make an even bigger move to England, the home of this year’s Olympic games, to continue her training and attend school.
“They’ve got coaches there. Some of the top coaches in England are right at the school,” she said.
Giesler aspires to participate in the Olympics in eventing in the future and watched the Olympic Games as riders during the competition tumbled from their horses over a grueling course.
“It was mayhem this year,” she said.
However, even with that it won’t impact Giesler’s desire to attain her dream.
“I would love to do that. I’m going to be hopefully at that level of riding next year,” she said.