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February 28, 2012—Jane James of Duncan, BC, has been elected as Chair of the Canadian Para-Equestrian Committee (CPEC) for the 2012–2013 term.
James brings a strong background to the position, as she is one of the founding members of Para-Equestrian Canada, is a past Chair of the CPEC, serves on numerous CPEC sub-committees and has assisted in various projects to develop para-equestrian sport in Canada since the sport’s inclusion as a discipline of Equine Canada in 2005. James is also an FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Steward and has served as a chef d’équipe for the Canadian Para-Equestrian Team, including the 2004 Paralympic Games.
“It is very exciting to return to the position of chair of CPEC for 2012,” said James. “Our past chair, Isabel Reinertson, and committee members have left the para-equestrian discipline in a very good position heading into the 2012 London Paralympics. I’m looking forward to working with all our committee members in continuing with our success and the growth of para-equestrian in Canada.”
James takes over the CPEC Chair position from Isabel Reinertson, who served as the committee’s chair for six years.
Reinertson was recognized for her leadership contributions to the CPEC in a ceremony at the Equine Canada Annual Awards Gala in St. John’s, NL, held February 3rd, 2012. Throughout Reinertson’s tenure, the sport of para-dressage has blossomed in Canada, which has contributed to an increase in participation, depth in international level riders and a world team ranking of fourth place heading into the 2012 Paralympic Games. Reinertson will continue to play an active role within the discipline as Chair of the CPEC Officials/Competitions/Rules sub-committee.
It has been six years of joy for me,” said Reinertson of her time spent on the CPEC. “I wish the incoming Canadian Para-Equestrian Committee and Jane the very best success as they assist this sport discipline to continue its positive progress.”
Sue Mott of Angus, ON, has also completed a six-year term on the CPEC and is thanked for her long-term contributions to the sport. Mott joined the Committee in 2006 through her interest in para-driving, and will continue as chair of the Para-Equestrian Driving Committee in the upcoming year.
“I have been on the CPEC and chairman of the driving committee for six years,” remarked Mott. “The time went by so quickly, and there was so much to learn. Although the learning curve was steep, I have certainly developed an appreciation, respect and sense of pride in the accomplishments that our para-equestrian athletes have achieved over the years. It was a pleasure working on a Board with people so dedicated to the sport.”
Both Reinertson and Mott received and honourary, engraved plaque to commemorate their service and dedication to para-equestrian sport in Canada.