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.
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:
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.
BREED SPORT AWARDS