Board Changes at Ontario Equestrian

For Immediate Release 

June 25, 2021 

AURORA, ON – After an incredible seven-year commitment to Ontario Equestrian (OE), it is time to thank and show our sincere appreciation to Board President, Peter Chiddy, as he has completed his tenure on the Board effective June 21, 2021.  

Peter’s first involvement with OE was as a competitor for Team Ontario at the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships (CIEC) in Calgary in 2013. Grant Field was President at the time and accompanied the team to Calgary. The CIEC experience was such a positive experience that Peter wanted to give-back to the community and the sport – which he did by joining the OE Board in 2014. After Mark Nelson was elected President in 2015, Peter joined him as Vice President and the journey began!

His tenure at OE included a new strategic plan, the building of the current organization and the conversion of OE from what was largely a marketing and magazine publisher, into a true Provincial Sports Organization with new programs and initiatives to promote and develop equestrian sport.

“In a few short years Peter led the organization through immense changes and positioned OE in a very positive way with government and the larger equestrian community. I am sad to see Peter go. It has been an absolute pleasure working and learning from him.” commented Tracey McCague-McElrea, Executive Director.

“My time on the Board and serving as President has been an honour for me. I thank you the membership, and you my Board colleagues, for the privilege it has truly been. I am confident that the team will continue its good work, and that the new Board will serve you well”, said Peter.
Peter is succeeded as President by Danielle Glanc. She has been a member of the OE Board of Directors since 2018 and was just elected for her second, three-year term. 

In her professional life, Danielle works as a Farm Policy Analyst for the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA), examining science and evidence-based policy, including plant, pollinator, and animal health, disease and welfare, including the equine industry. Danielle has worked extensively with Peter throughout his tenure and is well positioned to help guide OE and the Board.

“My current time as Director at Large has given me a great appreciation for what OE does for its members and the equine industry on a provincial and national level. I believe my contributions over the last three years has helped OE accomplish its goals: provide support, education and governance for equestrian sport, while establishing supports and guidelines for a safe and level field of play for both equine and human athletes. I am really looking forward to working with the Board and staff as we emerge from a very difficult period and are able to get back to the sport we all love.” said Danielle. 

The Board also welcomes back, Julia Merritt as Vice President for another year. The organization continues to look forward to building relationships with stakeholders, affiliated industry partners, discipline associations from across the sport and providing best-in-class programs for its members.  

Danielle and Julia along with fellow board members Hilary Parkes, Christine Reupke, Andrew Woodley and Breanna Young are welcoming back Maya Chendke for her second term and newcomer, Dr. Mike Pownall as your OE Board of Directors for 2021.

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