As an organization dedicated to the horse and horse industry, Equine Canada considers the health and welfare of the horse one of its highest priorities. Our Mission Statement, as stated in One Vision — Equine Canada’s Strategic Plan 2012 – 2018, is to be the dedicated national voice for the horse, serving, promoting and protecting their best interests. One of the organization’s core values is recognition of this responsibility as an overarching goal and the recognition of horse welfare as paramount.
An Equine Lifecycle Management Policy and associated implementation program, The Five R Program, have been developed to deliver on our responsibilities. The Policy and Program aim to develop a balanced, dynamic horse population with maximum potential for excellence in horse stewardship.
The Horse Health and Welfare Award serve to advance the Policy by recognizing excellence in individual and organizational horse stewardship.
Boehringer Ingelheim-Equine Canada Horse Health and Welfare Award
The Boehringer Ingelheim-Equine Canada Horse Health and Welfare Award recognizes an individual or organization that has for an extended period of time, contributed directly to the improvement of horse health and welfare.
2014 Nomination Form
If you know of an individual or organization you would like to nominate, please click on the links above to download the full criteria and nomination forms.
Completed nomination forms should be submitted to
The deadline for 2014 submissions is Feb. 23, 2015.
2013 Horse Health and Welfare Award Winners
Boehringer-Ingelheim - EC Horse Health and Welfare Award
The inaugural Boehringer Ingelheim - Equine Canada Horse Health and Welfare Award was presented to Brenda Thompson of Hagersville, ON. Thompson operates Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue with her husband, Dave Thompson. Together they have rescued over 150 horses, and are currently providing care for 67 horses. Equine Canada is delighted to recognize Thompson's incredible contributions toward the improvement of equine health and well-being, and shed light on her dedication, professionalism, and never-ending enthusiasm for rescuing and rehabilitating horses.
Equine Canada Horse Stewardship Award
Lynda Tennessen has been awarded the first-ever Horse Stewardship Award in recognition of her exceptional compassion and contributions at the grassroots level. A certified CANTRA and Equine Canada instructor, Tennessen is the herd and lessons manager for the Whitemud Equine Learning Centre in Edmonton, AB. Her incredible achievements include taking in horses of advanced age with emotional or physical issues, providing compassionate care, and teaching them to become heroes as sound, healthy, and dependable mounts for the Little Bits Therapeutic Riding Association. Tennessen sets an example for approximately 350 students on the care and quality of life that horses can enjoy, regardless of age or past experience.
For more information on the 2013 award winners please click here.