Nanaimo equestrian athlete earns national award

Kassidy Keith was named Equestrian Canada’s Junior Equestrian of the Year.

Nanaimo's Kassidy Keith has been named Equine Canada’s Junior Equestrian of the Year.

Nanaimo's Kassidy Keith has been named Equine Canada’s Junior Equestrian of the Year.

A Nanaimo equestrian athlete capped off a victory-filled season with another award.

Kassidy Keith was named Equestrian Canada’s Junior Equestrian of the Year and received the Gillian Wilson Trophy at an awards banquet in Montreal in April.

“Some past winners of this award have gone on to ride at the grand prix level, so I am very honoured,” said Keith, in a press release from Queen Margaret’s School in Duncan.

The school’s program director, Jodine Buydens, said she loves Keith’s success story.

“I know what kind of dedication it has taken to get her to where she is today,” Buydens said. “She got to where she is because of who she is.”