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EQUINE CANADA/NCCP NATIONAL COACHING AWARDS

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About the Awards

The 2014 Equine Canada/NCCP National Coaching Awards recognize Coaches and Instructors from all disciplines and contexts who exemplify the coaching and teaching practices of the National Coaching Certification Program. Nominees are recognized for their contribution to the sport as an instructor and coach, whether their students are active in competitive sport, or are recreational sport participants.


Award Categories

2014 Coach Developer Award for Program Development Recipient: Mary-Clare McLaren

Coach Developer Award for Program 2014

This award will recognize an outstanding contributor to the promotion, growth and development of Equine Canada’s NCCP programs.

2014 Equine Canada/NCCP Coach Developer Award for Program Development - Mary-Clare McLaren

Equine Canada has recognized Mary-Clare McLaren for her outstanding dedication to the development of equestrian sport with the 2014 Equine Canada/NCCP Coach Developer Award for Program Development. McLaren, who serves as both President and Coaching Coordinator of the Nova Scotia Equestrian Federation, has an extensive history of supporting the equestrian community. She first began contributing to the development of Equine Canada’s NCCP programs over a decade ago, and was invaluable in the creation of the Instructor of Beginners program.

More recently McLaren has been involved in the creation and ongoing revision of the English Learn to Ride Level 1-10 program and has been heavily involved in working to develop an Advanced Instructor of Beginner program. 
2014 Coach Developer Award for Program Delivery Recipient: Danielle Yaghijdan

Coach Developer Award 2014


This award will recognize a Learning Facilitator, Evaluator, Master Learning Facilitator or Master Evaluator for their exceptional ability to mentor and develop certified coaches and instructors.

2014 Equine Canada/NCCP Coach Developer Award for Program Delivery – Danielle Yaghijdan

Equine Canada has recognized Danielle Yaghijdan with the 2014 Equine Canada/NCCP Coach Developer Award for Program Delivery. With an extensive list of accomplishments, her contagious enthusiasm is passed on to coaches through her involvement as a Master Learning Facilitator and Evaluator. Yaghijdan is a mentor and ambassador of NCCP programs, captivating her audience and adapting to individual learning styles. Yaghijdan was also recognized with the 2014 Community NCCP Coach Developer Award.
2014 Community Coach of the Year Recipient: Katelynn Marshall

Community Coach Award 2014
This award will recognize a current and active certified Equine Canada NCCP Instructor or Coach working with entry level athletes. They focus on the complete development of their athletes, are a positive role model, promote the Learn to Ride and Drive programs, has the ability to improve athlete performance and continually strives to improve through professional development opportunities.

2014 Equine Canada/NCCP Community Coach of the Year – Katelynn Marshall

Equine Canada has named Katelynn Marshall the 2014 Equine Canada/NCCP Community Coach of the Year. Instructing 40 children weekly, Marshall also runs a special program for students who are unable to participate in regular school programming due to behavioural issues.

She actively promotes the Learn to Ride program and helps riders prepare for their evaluations while making time to attend updating clinics and professional development seminars available in her region.  Marshall’s support and encouragement ensures each student has a positive introduction to equestrian sport.

2014 Competitive Coach of the Year Recipient: Roberta Byng-Morris

Competitive Coach Award
This award will recognize a current and active certified Equine Canada NCCP Coach working with competitive athletes. They respect everyone involved in competition and demonstrate good sportsmanship, focus on the complete development of their athletes, are a positive role model, has the ability to improve athlete performance, shares knowledge with other coaches and continually strives to improve through professional development opportunities.

2014 Equine Canada/NCCP Competitive Coach of the Year – Roberta Byng-Morris

Equine Canada has recognized Roberta Byng-Morris as the 2014 Equine Canada/NCCP Competitive Coach of the Year. A certified Competition Coach Specialist in Dressage, Byng-Morris brings her own substantial Canadian Equestrian Team experience to her students, helping them excel at all levels of the sport. With a gentle but firm approach she focuses on bringing out the best in both horse and rider.

As an advocate for professional development, Byng-Morris not only attends development initiatives to keep her skills current, but makes the time to organize opportunities for other coaches, helping ensure higher quality coaching is available to riders across the country.


Final award recipients will be announced at the Equine Canada Convention, publicly honoured on the Equine Canada website and in other media, and will receive a special recognition award.

To nominate a coach or instructor, complete the nomination form, and return it to your Provincial/Territorial Equestrian Association by Friday, February 20, 2015.