HORSE COUNCIL BC ANNUAL AWARDS - CRITERIA

Celebrating BC's Best in Equine Achievement

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.  Please help us in recognizing these outstanding equine enthusiasts.

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.


BIG CHANGES FOR THE HCBC AWARDS GALA

The 2014 HCBC Awards brings about some big changes for the annual awards gala.  

New for 2014

Horse Council BC will be coming to you and your peers!  

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!

Look for an announcement of award winners on the HCBC website in December 2014 and where we will be presenting each award. 

2014 nominations will start being accepted in the HCBC office starting in September.


The HCBC award categories are as follows:

NOMINATION FORMS

Download the 2014 Nomination Form

Download the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Nomination Form


SHERMAN OLSON LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - Sponsored by Capri Insurance

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 OF THE YEAR

This award has been split into two categories (Competitive and Non-Competitive) to recognize horses nominated in either category MUST have been born and raised in BC.

Competitive: Any horse that has achieved a high level of success in any provincial, national or international sanctioned competition in a recognized discipline.

Non-Competitive: Any horse used in any form of non-competitive activity (i.e. trail horse, therapeutic, school horse, etc).


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.

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