Outstanding Equestrians and Supporters Recognized at Equine Canada Annual Awards Gala

Equine Canada (EC) honoured some of Canada’s best and brightest equestrians and supporters at the prestigious EC Annual Awards Gala at the Crowne Plaza Gatineau-Ottawa in Gatineau, Que. on Friday, March 27. Held in conjunction with the EC Annual Convention, March 25-29, the national awards gala celebrates outstanding achievements within the equestrian community.

The following award recipients were recognized for their outstanding dedication, talent and enthusiasm in support of equestrianism in Canada.


Volunteer of the Year – Dr. Mary Bell of Puslinch, ON.

Lifetime Achievement Award – Mary Anne Laframboise of Ottawa, ON.

Equestrian of the Year – Lauren Barwick

Junior Equestrian of the Year – Natalie Alves

Canadian Breeder of the Year – Charlotte Schickedanz of Markham, ON.

Canadian Bred Horse of the Year – Intimidate

Boeringer Ingleheim Equine Canada Health and Welfare Award – Galahad-Association Quebecoise de protection des chevaux 


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

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

Equine Canada/NCCP Coach Developer Award for Program Delivery – Danielle Yaghijdan of Claremont, ON.

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

For full information on the Coaching Award recipients, click here


Welsh Pony of the Year – Barkway Topaz, owned by Kirsten Brunner of Hillsburgh, ON.

Morgan Horse of the Year – HSH Smooth Operator, owned by Emily Gaynor of Waterloo, ON.

Arabian Horse of the Year – Sur Teddy’s Magna +++//

Half Arabian Horse of the Year – Sweet and Saucy

For full information on the Breed Sport Award recipients, click here

About the Equine Canada Awards Program

EC’s national awards recognition program celebrates the impressive achievements of individuals, equines and organizations who have contributed to the growth and success of our community. For a list of past recipients, click here.


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