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Elizabeth Bordeaux and Jump Canada Chair, John Taylor. Photo credit— Normand HuberdeauFebruary 16, 2010 — Elizabeth Bordeaux of Surrey, BC, was honoured with the Jump Canada ‘Volunteer of the Year’ Award for 2009 in recognition of her dedicated support of Canadian hunter and jumper sport at the Equine Canada National Awards Banquet held February 6 in Montreal, QC.

Bordeaux was selected as the recipient of the prestigious award for her countless hours spent working with Jump Canada and Equine Canada.
Elizabeth Bordeaux and Jump Canada Chair, John Taylor. Photo credit— Normand Huberdeau
Her lifelong interest in equestrian sport began with the Montreal Pony Club, where Bordeaux’s instructor and mentor was well-known Montreal horsewoman Barbara Kemp.  “Miss Kemp” also guided Bordeaux towards her jumper judging career, which she began in the 1960s in British Columbia.  At the same time, Bordeaux also became involved in stewarding.

Bordeaux’s involvement with stewarding led to volunteering on rules committees, and her judging led to becoming an FEI International jumper judge and VP, FEI Disciplines, for Horse Council British Columbia in the 1990s.  For six years, Bordeaux held the position of Chair of Jump Canada and she has been on the Equine Canada Sport Council since its inception.  Her years of volunteering were recognized in 2003 when she was named the Equine Canada ‘Volunteer of the Year’.

“This award means a great deal to me,” said Bordeaux.  “It should be shared with all the great volunteers and committee members who I work alongside of for the 13 years I have been on the Jump Canada board.”

“Elizabeth has been such an integral part of the hunter jumper scene in Canada as Chair of the JC Board for six years,” noted Jump Canada Chair, John Taylor.  “She guided us so well and gave her time and expertise so generously.  I hope she remains in our sport for many years to come.”

In its inaugural year, the 2001 Jump Canada ‘Volunteer of the Year’ Award was given to Alan Chesler of Orangeville, ON, while Mark Samuel of Toronto, ON, was honoured in 2002 for his dedication to Canadian show jumping as the first Chair of Jump Canada.  In 2003, Chesler was once again named the recipient based on his dedication to the success of the FEI Children’s Final held in Calgary, AB.  In 2004, Craig Collins of Loretto, ON, was recognized for the hundreds of hours of volunteer service given to both Jump Canada and Equine Canada as a whole.  Claudia Cojocar was the recipient in 2005 for the countless hours she devoted to the development of coaching standards.  The Jump Canada Hall of Fame Committee was honoured with the award in 2006 in recognition of their dedicated support of Canadian show jumping.  Victoria Andrew of Nepean, ON, has been closely involved with the coaching certification program and the transition to competency based education and training, and she was recognized for her efforts in 2007.  In 2008, Lisa Cieplucha of Georgetown, ON, won the award for her countless hours spent working with Equine Canada and Jump Canada as a valuable official, volunteer, clinician and committee member.

About Jump Canada

Jump Canada the committee of Equine Canada responsible for all hunter, equitation and jumper activities in Canada from the grass roots to the international level.  Jump Canada is governed by a board of directors, the majority of whom are elected by the stakeholders in the sport.  For more information regarding Jump Canada programs and activities, visit http://equinecanada.ca/jumpcanada.

About Equine Canada

Equine Canada is a member-based association that represents, promotes and services Canada's equine community and industry. Its core areas of activity involve sport, equine health and welfare, education and safety, governance and marketing, representation and communication. Equine Canada is recognized by Sport Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Coaching Association of Canada as the national organization representing equestrian sport and equine interests in Canada. For more information about Equine Canada, please visit equinecanada.ca.