Saturday, December 11, 2010

Canada: Jewell named B.C. Horse Council’s Athlete of the Year - Full Article

By Kevin Parnell - Kelowna Capital News
Published: December 10, 2010 11:00 PM

Her chosen sport may be relatively obscure but thanks to an award from the Horse Council of B.C., Kelowna equestrian endurance rider Gail Jewell is hoping to keep pushing the sport of endurance riding into the main stream.

The Horse Council of B.C. named Jewell its athlete of the year at the 30th annual awards banquet late last month in Abbotsford.

“It just puts our sport so much more on the map,” said Jewell this week. “To have an endurance athlete be picked, it finally recognizes the gargantuan effort we go to to compete at a world class level.”

Jewell and her husband Elroy Karius not only compete in endurance horse racing around the world but they are among the top riders in the world. This past year they represented Canada at the World Equestrian Games, placing seventh out of 28 teams that started the 100 mile endurance ride...

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