HORSE COUNCIL BC AWARDS

HCBC’s Annual Awards honor outstanding achievement within BC’s equine community.  These awards acknowledge those who stand out from the crowd and have made a positive impact on the equestrian community.

HCBC’s Annual Awards honor outstanding achievement within BC’s equine community.  These awards acknowledge those who stand out from the crowd and have made a positive impact on the equestrian community.

The “HCBC Selection Committee” collectively has over 25 years experience within BC’s Equine Industry and comes from diverse geographical areas contributing to the creditability of these awards. The committee, comprised of a panel of four volunteers, considers nominations submitted by current HCBC members including seniors, businesses, clubs, affiliate groups and the HCBC Board of Directors.

Their Job? To select deserving recipients that meet the award criteria for which they have been nominated for. The committee does reserve the right not to pick an award recipient from among the nominations.

SHERMAN OLSON LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Horse Council BC’s Lifetime Achievement Award was established and first presented in 1981 to honor 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 Lifetime Achievement Award is considered the premier award of Horse Council BC.

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 2013, the Lifetime Achievement Award was renamed the “Sherman Olson Lifetime Achievement Award” in honourof one of Horse Council BC’s founding father’s who sadly passed away this year. Sherman Olson helped to found Horse Council in 1980. We are ever grateful for his contribution, foresight, vision and his dedication. Horse Council BC was formed by bringing together the BC’s horse sport, recreation and industry sectors. Sherman has left a legacy we can all be proud to be a part of. We will never forget his contributions to horse interests across Canada.

Additional criteria: Significant contribution(s) must be to an equine organization(s), Club(s) or discipline(s).


ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

This award has been split into two categories to recognize athletes in both Junior and Senior categories.

Senior Athlete: This award recognizes outstanding athletic performance by an athlete 18 years of age or older, competing in a recognized equestrian discipline taking part on a team or as an individual representing BC at either the provincial, national and/or international level(s) during the year. This individual MUST be a member of Horse Council BC in good standing to be nominated.

Junior Athlete: This award recognizes outstanding athletic performance by an athlete 17 years of age or younger, competing in a recognized equestrian discipline taking part on a team or as an individual representing BC at either the provincial, national and/or international level(s) during the year. This individual MUST be a member of Horse Council BC in good standing to be nominated.


COACH OF THE YEAR

This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding professionalism, leadership and mentoring skills in a coaching role overseeing a team(s) or individual(s) at any level in any recognized equestrian discipline during the year. This individual MUST be an HCBC member and a Horse Council recognized coach in good standing to be nominated.


HORSE INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

This award recognizes either a professional individual or equine business that has provided outstanding service/products to BC’s equine community on a one-on-one basis or overall. The service/products cannot be within the normal course of business practice, but must be over and above. This individual/business MUST be a member of Horse Council BC in good standing for a minimum of 12 months to be nominated.


BOB JAMES VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD

This award recognizes an individual (senior or junior) who has demonstrated outstanding dedication and commitment to BC’s equestrian community and/or sport in any recognized discipline. No athletic achievement is necessary. This individual MUST be a member of Horse Council BC in good standing to be nominated.

Congratulations to the worthy recipients of the Horse Council BC’s 2016 Awards!  Each award winner will receive their award at an event of their own choosing throughout 2017. Click on each recipients name to read a short bio.

2016 Lifetime Achievement AwardCarol McDonald – Click for Bio
2016 Coach of the Year – Andrea Taylor
2016 Horse Industry Professional of the YearPerneil Training – Chelsea McNeil and Kate Perrin – Click for Bio **Please note, we received so many nominations for Perneil Training that we have chosen to display an excerpt from just one of the many nominations received.
2016 Senior Athlete of the YearHeidi Telstad – Click for Bio
2016 Junior Athlete of the YearSunny Balshaw – Click for Bio
2016 Bob James Volunteer of the YearRon Trickett – Click for Bio
2016 Horse of the Year – CompetitiveBoston – Click for Bio
2016 Horse of the Year – Non-CompetitiveBenjamin – Click for Bio
Sherman Olson Lifetime Achievement Award
2015 Borge Olson
2014 Bob Grimshaw
2013 Pam Arthur
2012 George & Dianne Tidball
2011 Judy Ross
2010 Dorothy Kirby
2009 Jacqui Oldham
2008 Ellen Smailes
2007 Bob James
2006 Fran & George Bloor
2005 Jay LaLonde
2004 Dr. John Gilray
2003 Freda Gunst
2002 Mary Swanson
2001 Hank McEwan
2000 Bud & Ethel Wright
1999 Dave Esworthy
1998 Alf Fletcher
1997 Joy Richardson
1996 Edith Reid
1995 June Osborn
1994 Maureen Walters
1993 Janet Dmitrieff
1992 Jean Simpson
1991 June LaLonde
1990 Dan Bland
1989 Al Sorensen
1988 Tilly Muller
1987 Rosie Hyndman
1986 Bill Archibald
1985 Vivian Hayward-Breakwell
1984 Laura Tidball
1983 Bill MacCauley
1982 Melva McLean
1981 Sherman Olson
Athlete of the Year
2013 Brian Morton
2012 Alisa Schmidt-Anema
2011 Joni Lynn Peters
2010 Gail Jewell
2009 Stephanie Rhodes-Bosch
2008 Lauren Barwick
2005 Daphne Richard
2004 Monica Pinette
2003 Jennifer Mackenzie
Senior Athlete of the Year
2015 Not Awarded in 2015
2014 Not Awarded in 2014
Junior Athlete of the Year
2015 Natalie Alves
2014 Courtney Palleson
Bob James Volunteer of the Year
2015 Not Awarded in 2015
2014 Charlene Kostecki
2013 Deb Oakman
2012 Janice Spenst
2011 Haidee Landry
2010 Sharon Pickthorne
2009 Sharon Hall
2008 Simone Stich
2007 Marilyn Gregory
2006 Maureen Savage
2005 Danielle Frothinger
2004 Wendy Christoff
2003 Sandra Ross
Coach of the Year
2015 Jessie Blackmon
2014 Rochelle Kilberg
2013 Brent & Laura Balisky
2012 Fionna Christensen
2011 Selena Pellizzari
2010 Lynne Larsen
2009 Nikki Ayers
2008 Sandra Verda
2007 Lisa Pink
2006 Donna Allen
2005 Colin Schmidt
2004 Jane James
2003 Fionna Christensen
Horse Industry Professional of the Year
2015 Noel Asmar
2014 Not Awarded in 2014
2013 Jack Polo
2012 Karen Robinson
2009 Ali Buchanan
2007 Verne Dunne
2005 Carol & Chuck Court
2004 Glen Dragan
2003 Bob Marshall
Horse of the Year
2015 Wallabee owned by Jolene Benham & Norseman owned by Esmee Ingham
2014 STLA Hey’s Dance Class owned by Sandra Nickolls & Snap Around Jackie owned by the Humphrey Family
2013 How ‘Bout Jose & Lucky Boy
2012 Strait of Dover & Kasey
2011 The 12 Horses of the VPD Mounted Division
2010 Oreo
2009 Dakota Sunrise
2008 Magnum
2007 Sanmorino
2005 Delta Dawn
2004 Livingstone
2003 Mark
Competition of the Year
2013 Mountain Magic Endurance Ride CEI 1*
2012 CVI Chilliwack & Future Champions
2010 Thunderbird Summer Festival CSI2* World Cup Qualifier
2009 Hot August Hooves Trophy Show
2008 Summer Frolic
2007 Westwold Derby
2006 Autumn Country Classic of Dressage
2005 Capital City Classic
2004 Rising Stars Youth Dressage Show
Alf Fletcher Youth Sportsmanship Award
2015 Maegan Friess
2014 Claire Hernes
2013 Emily Winkel
2012 Andrea Dobbs
2010 Alysha Sauve
2009 Nina Sylvester
2008 Mireya Hooper
2007 Lauren Jakobsen

Instead of hosting a gala in one location for an evening of presenting awards to people from all over the province and from all disciplines, we want the awards and the event to be all about YOU!

We want to celebrate with the award winners, their family, their peers, and the clubs they belong to.  We will travel to your clubs AGM or special event, your show, your barn, etc. to present you with your special award. These awards should be celebrated by ALL the people who support you in your own community and we want to make that possible!