Saturday, March 13, 2010

Canadian Reiner of the Year 2009 - Terry Griffin

The Reining Canada Board of Directors is pleased to announce their selection for the 2009 Reiner of the Year, Ms Terry Griffin of Griffin Quarter Horses. The criterion for this award is outstanding achievement and contribution to the sport of Reining and this year’s recipient certainly fits the description.

Terry Griffin is and always has been an outstanding ambassador of our sport both in Canada and abroad. She has been a staunch supporter of Reining from the grassroots level to International Competition. Terry has served on many boards and committees and most recently served on the Board of Directors of Reining Canada (RC) from 2005-2008. In 2008 Terry stood as President of Reining Canada. Her work on the board of RC was noted for its focus on support for the affiliates and grass roots reining. Always a tireless worker, Terry gives more than 100% to any project she undertakes. Whether she is promoting the RC Beginner Class or putting in a major effort to get the Canadian Reining Team to the World Equestrian Games, her dedication is the same. Terry was also extremely proud to be selected as Chef d’Equippe for the 2006 Canadian Reining Team at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany. With a strong desire to promote the Reining industry in Canada, Terry also founded of one of the largest NRHA pay out shows in Canada, “The Canadian Reining Breeders Classic”.

The Matriarch of one of Canada’s first families of Reining, Terry is always working hard to improve the level of competition and quality of horses within the sport. Together with her husband Lance and daughter Samantha, the family has earned world championships titles, raised multiple NRHA Futurity champions and achieved the first ever Million Dollar Owner Award from NRHA.

Having now moved on from RC, Terry has the distinction of being the first Canadian to ever be elected to the Executive Board of the NRHA. We, as Canadian Reiners, are extremely proud to have Terry at the highest level of the NRHA, and proud to name her Canadian Reiner of the Year.