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Sportsmanship award to Holly Heikkila highlights Royal Winter Fair
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As we turn the page on another calendar month, there is that realization that spring is not that far off - and for those who tend to compete in the great outdoors, the excitement that leads into yet another season of sport.

But before Cathy Inch can contemplate a whole lot about what lies ahead, there is that need to close the loop on 2022 with a quick look back at the 2022 Royal Winter Fair, with a pair of riders earning the praise of the long-time equestrian coach.

Twelve year-old Holly Heikkila not only showed very well within the pony class at the show hosted on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto late last year, she was also presented with the Jane Hunter Sportsmanship Award.

"It's nice to know that we're not just bringing along good riders, we're bringing along good kids who get recognized nationally," said Inch, highlighting the dedication of the local pre-teen.

"She has been riding three horses and being able to train on three horses and lesson several times a week really has pushed herover the top of her riding," Inch added.

Another Foothills Farm representative who showed well was Collingwood native Averey-May Pritchard. "This is her last year as a junior, a very important year for her," said Inch. "She qualified in junior hunter on a seven year old horse, a very young horse to be doing this well."

"She qualified on that same horse for the Jump Canada medal class, finishing fourth out of 16 competitors from right across Canada. She's a good horseman and a good rider."

Closer to home, Adrianna Whynott did not look the least bit nervous in making her Royal Winter Fair debut. "She walked into her first class and scored an 83, ended up second in her very first class," said Inch, appreciative of the efforts of the Chelmsford Valley District Composite School student.