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About the EC Awards
The Equine Canada Awards celebrate the impressive achievements of individuals, equines and organizations who have contributed to the growth and success of the equestrian community. The EC National Awards for 2015 were honoured at the 2016 EC Awards Gala, held April 22, 2016 during the 2016 EC Annual Convention.



NATIONAL AWARDS

GOLD MEDAL AWARD -
TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games - Canadian Show Jumping Team
The Gold Medal Award is the highest and most prestigious of the EC National Awards, and is only awarded when the EC President and executive deem a recipient to have met one more of the following criteria:
  • Long and outstanding service as a builder of Equine Canada.
  • Long and outstanding service as a builder of the sport, nationally or internationally, to the benefit of Equine Canada.
  • Outstanding accomplishment as a competitor. Must include a minimum of five years competing internationally for Canada, as an official team member, and achievement of an Olympic or World Championship Gold Medal.
  • Any other achievement deemed by the EC President and executive to be equal or superior to these criteria.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - Dr. Gillian Lawrence
The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual whose contributions to the Canadian equestrian community are considered exceptional by their peers and whose long-term service and dedication have contributed directly to the ongoing growth and development of Canadian equestrian sport and industry.

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR - Terre O'Brennan
The Volunteer of the Year Award was created in 1998 to recognize the tireless volunteers who have selflessly contributed to the advancement of equine and equestrian interests in Canada. This award is an acknowledgement of the hard work and dedication of individuals who so generously give their time in order to support the goals and vision of Equine Canada.

BUILDER OF THE YEAR -
TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Equestrian Volunteers
The Builder of the Year Award is presented to an individual or group that has contributed to the strength of the equestrian community through inspiration, program establishment, mentoring individuals or teams to extraordinary accomplishments, or by setting an example for many to carry in their hearts.

EQUESTRIAN OF THE YEAR – The Dr. George Jacobson Trophy -
Chris von Martels
Founded in 1995, this award honours Dr. George Jacobson D., Sc, O.C., F.I.A.N.A, P.ENG and is given to an equestrian athlete who has excelled in equestrian competition in the current award year while demonstrating exceptional talent, horsemanship, sportsmanship and dedication to equestrian sport, as well as the vision and mission of EC.

JUNIOR EQUESTRIAN OF THE YEAR – The Gillian Wilson Trophy -
Kassidy Keith
Founded in 1993, the Junior Equestrian of the Year Award – The Gillian Wilson Trophy is awarded in honour of Gillian Wilson who served as technical director of the Canadian Equestrian Federation for more than 15 years. The award is given to a junior equestrian athlete who has excelled in equestrian competition in the current award year while demonstrating exceptional talent, horsemanship, sportsmanship, and dedication to equestrian sport, as well as the vision and mission of EC.

OWNER OF THE YEAR - Don J Good
The Owner of the Year Award was created to recognize the dedication, commitment and support owners provide in order to ensure Canadian athletes have access to world-class horses.
This award is presented to an owner, individual or group who has progressed equestrian sport by investing, breeding or supporting a horse in competition.

SPONSOR OF THE YEAR -
Equinety
The Sponsor of the Year Award recognizes a sponsor whose exceptional contributions and support over the past year have provided Equine Canada with the means to pursue the achievement of its vision, mission and mandate for the benefit of the Canadian equestrian community and industry.

CANADIAN BRED HORSE OF THE YEAR -
Caravella (Bred by Jill Irving)
The Canadian Bred Horse of the Year Award is given to a horse bred within Canada who holds an outstanding national or international performance record that has helped to enhance the reputation and visibility of Canadian bred horses. Outstanding sires whose offspring have a successful record of wins and placings in national and international competitions are also eligible.

CANADIAN BREEDER OF THE YEAR -
W Charlot Farms
The Canadian Breeder of the Year Award was created to recognize Canadian breeders who have displayed incredible dedication to the Canadian equestrian industry through efforts to improve the quality of Canadian bred horses, and/or enhance the reputation of Canadian bred horses.

BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM EQUINE CANADA HEALTH & WELFARE AWARD - Kathy Sunberg
The Boehringer Ingelheim Equine Canada Health & Welfare Award recognizes an individual or organization that has contributed directly to the improvement of horse health and welfare in Canada through years of hard work and dedication.

EQUINE CANADA MEDIA AWARD – The Susan Jane Anstey Trophy - Elizabeth Toth
In memory of Susan Jane Anstey, and in recognition of her invaluable contributions to Canadian equine interests, Equine Canada presents the Susan Jane Anstey Trophy to an exceptional individual or corporate entity who has delivered outstanding media coverage that served to enhance the image of Canadian equine interests to the Canadian public.

DISCIPLINE AWARDS
Jump Canada Recognition Awards - Elizabeth Bordeaux & Marjorie Dennis

Dressage Canada MH Lessard Volunteer of the Year - Cecil Pring
Dressage Canada Horse of the Year - Anton (Owner: Robyn Eames)
Dressage Canada Athlete of the Year - Chris von Martels
Ron Janzen Memorial Award - Robert Gielen

BREED SPORT AWARDS
2015 Welsh Pony of the Year - Howrans Prince Madoc
2015 Morgan Horse of the Year - Tamrac's Enzo
2015 Saddlebred Horse of the Year - Foxcroft Firestorm
Arabian Horse of the Year - Sur Teddy’s Magna ++//
2015 Half Arabian Horse of the Year - Ladys Man WH
2015 Saddle Seat Rider of the Year - Mackenzie Leubner

COACHING AWARDS
Coach Developer Award for Program Development - Valerie Phelan
Coach Developer Award for Program Delivery - Casey Gillis
Competition Coach of the Year - Janet Adams
Community Coach of the Year - Sarah Johnston

Previous Award Winners

 

Year Gillian
Wilson Trophy
George
Jacobsen Trophy
Volunteer of
the Year
Susan Jane
Anstey Media Award
Lifetime
Achievement Award
Just Add Horses Environment
Award
Sponsor of the year
Award
Canadian Breeder
Award
Canadian Bred Horse
Award
Equine Canada Horse
Award
2014 Natalie Alves Lauren Barwick Dr. Mary Bell   Mary Anne Laframboise     Charlotte Schickedanz Intimidate  
2013 Tanya Strasser-Shostak Rebecca Howard Gerald McDonald Horse Junkies United Faith Berghuis   BFL CANADA Seelster Farm Riddle Master Big Ben
2012 Haley Franc & Laurence Blais-Tétreault Ian Millar Ruth Carlson Susan Sellers Ron & Marg Southern   Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. André De Bellefeuille Belmont Northern Dancer
2011 Dominique Shone Jessica Phoenix Allan Ehrlick Darryl Kaplin     Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals KingRidge Stables San Pail Hickstead
2010 Ben Asselin 2010 WEG Eventing Team Jan Stephens Cealy Tetley     Masterfeeds      
2009 Conley Driediger Ashley Holzer Maura Leahy Karen Briggs Paul Popiel Hayes Co. SSG Gloves      
2008 David Arcand Eric Lamaze Michael Gallagher Kim Logue   Pam Ashton        
2007 Billie Derouet Eric Lamaze Corlin Bordeaux   Jack Pemberton          
2006 Taylor Bland Erynn Ballard Mark Samuel Francis Litzinger            
2005 Billie Derouet   Kerri McGregor              
2004 Kevin Crosby Jr. Lauren Barwick Michael Gallagher              
2003 David Arcand Keean White Elizabeth Bordeaux              
2002 Pia Fortmuller Pascale Tremblay-Wagner Rosalind Farber              
2001 Stephanie Koepke Ainsley Vince Alf Fletcher              
2000 Kelly Bruder Megan White Muffie Guthrie              
1999 Wilson Acton Alison Holden Jim McCrae              
1998 Matthew Gaglione Sheri Bresee Dr. Sherman Olson              
1997 Margaret E. Biggs Shannon Drake                
1996 Annalies Baird Jacqueline Brooks                
1995 Krista MacPherson                  
1994 Angela Covert                  
1993 Kara Peterson                  
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