|Sandra Sillcox Named Jump Canada ‘Official of the Year’ for 2010||| Print ||
February 23, 2011 — Sandra Sillcox was posthumously named the recipient of Jump Canada’s ‘Official of the Year’ Award for 2010.
In March of 2008, the Canadian equestrian community lost Sillcox at the age of 74. Sillcox was an Equine Canada (EC) Senior National steward and Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) steward. She was accredited as a FEI—X steward for all the FEI disciplines of Combined Driving, Eventing, Jumper, Dressage, Vaulting, Endurance and Reining.
Sillcox's lifetime commitment as a steward began when she created Equine Canada's steward program and developed the FEI steward program in Canada. She is a past chair of the Equine Canada National Stewards Committee and the former head of the FEI Steward program in Canada.
Sandra was the Chief Jumping Steward at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and the Overall Chief Steward at the 1999 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg. At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Sandra acted as the Chief Dressage Steward. She was also the first National Steward General appointed from Canada to the FEI.
“On behalf of the entire Sillcox family, I would like to thank Jump Canada and all of the equestrian groups across Canada who have continued to honour Sandra’s contributions to the sport since her passing in 2008,” said her son, Scott Sillcox. “My goodness, she loved horses and the people those horses attracted. It didn't matter what your background was — if you loved horses, you were immediately her friend. Sandra loved so many things about the horse world, and this love led her to dedicating a good deal of her time to good governance, rule writing and strict observation of the rules. Heaven help you if you were inclined to view the rules as being somewhat elastic! Many thanks Jump Canada for bestowing this honour upon Sandra — it is greatly appreciated.”
The Jump Canada 'Official of Year’ Award was accepted by Sillcox’s husband, Robert, and her son, Scott, during the Jump Canada Hall of Fame Gala held in Toronto, ON.
“Sandra Sillcox was a driving force in all areas of equestrianism,” said John Taylor, Chair of Jump Canada. “She was equally proficient at a dressage show, a hunter/jumper show or at a Pony Club rallies. Sandra was truly an all round horse woman and very deserving of the award.”
In its inaugural year, the 2004 Official of the Year Award was presented to Tom Michiel of Calgary, AB. Other recipients include Francois Ferland (2005), Michel Vaillancourt (2006), Marjorie Dennis (2007), David Ballard (2008) and, posthumously, Alf Fletcher (2009).
About Jump Canada
Jump Canada is 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, the majority of whose members are elected by the stakeholders in the sport. For more information regarding Jump Canada programs and activities, visit http://www.equinecanada.ca/jumpcanada.
About Equine Canada
Equine Canada is Canada’s national governing body for equestrianism. A member-driven, charitable institution, it is the executive branch of the Canadian Equestrian Team, and the national authority for equestrian competition; the national voice for recreational riders; and the national association for equine welfare, breeding, and industry. Equine Canada is recognised by the Government of Canada, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), and the Canadian Olympic Committee as the national organisation representing equestrian sport and equine interests. For more information about Equine Canada, please visit www.equinecanada.ca.