Friday, December 11, 2009

Horse Council BC Recognizes Jacqui Oldham & Ali Buchanan

Two members of the Dressage Canada Community were given prestigious honours at the 29th Annual Horse Council BC Awards Banquet held November 21, 2009.
Ali Buchanan
Ali Buchanan of Abbotsford BC was presented with the  Horse Industry Professional of the Year Award.  This award recognizes a professional individual that has provided outstanding service to BC's equine community either on a one-on-one basis or overall.  The service cannot be within the normal course of business practice, but must be over and above. Ali is a previous member of the Dressage Canada Board, Chair of the Youth High Performance Committee, chef d’equipe at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and current member of the High Performance Executive as well as a popular Medium dressage judge.
Jacqui Oldham

Jacqui Oldham was presented with the Horse Council BC's Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is the premier award of Horse Council BC. It was established and first presented in 1981 to honour individuals who have made exceptional contributions to BC's equestrian community. These contributions, whether they have been through education, mentoring or leadership, have made a lasting footprint, demonstrating a lifetime of commitment and dedication to the on-going progression of the equine industry.  

The recipient of this prestigious award must be a BC resident having achieved prominence through commitment and hard work, in turn positively impacting BC's equine industry and inspiring others. This award is only awarded when warranted and is not necessarily awarded every year.

In addition to being a busy coach, Jacquie is also a Senior dressage judge involved with delivering Dressage Canada’s updating & upgrading judging clinics, and has been a past member of Dressage Canada’s Officials Committee.

About Dressage Canada

Dressage Canada, as a committee of Equine Canada, is the national governing body for dressage in Canada. Dressage Canada's objective is to foster the growth of dressage and the pursuit of excellence in the sport at the local, national and international levels. Dressage Canada provides support and guidance to both amateur and professional through the following programs: coaching education and programs, officials’ education and programs, rules and qualifying criteria, sport development, and publications and awards. For more information about Dressage Canada, please visit the Dressage section of the Equine Canada site.

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