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2011 Pan American Gold Medalist Named Equine Canada Equestrian of the Year

Ottawa, Ontario—At the 2012 Equine Canada Annual Awards Gala on Friday, February 3, in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Jessica Phoenix was named the 2011 Equestrian of the Year. Hot on the heels of a fantastic 2010 sea- son, Phoenix, of Cannington, ON, continued to prove in 2011 that she’s got what it takes to be the best.

In 2011, Phoenix’s star continued to rise as she and Pavarotti, owned by Don J. Good, won individual gold and team silver at the Pan Ameri- can Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, where they finished on their dressage score of 43.90, and led the three-phase competition from start to finish. Her win was only the second individual gold medal in eventing for Canada at the Pan Ameri- can Games.

Phoenix is the complete athlete—athletic, focused, and always ready to learn and give back to her sport.

“It was an honor to receive the Equine Cana- da Equestrian of the Year award” said Phoenix. “I feel it is a reflection of the team of people that have helped me to this point—from our coaching

to our entire support staff, vet, farrier, owners, sponsors, teammates and families. It would not have been possible without all of these people. We are all looking forward to 2012.” In 1995 Equine Canada announced the cre- ation of the Equine Canada Equestrian of the Year Award, in honour of Doctor George Jacobson. Dr. Jacobsen was a strong supporter of equestrian sport in Canada and internationally, with a partic- ular interest in the young equestrians as he felt they were future team members. This award is given annually to the equestrian who has demon- strated superior sportsmanship, dedication and the pursuit of excellence in equestrian competition for the current year.

About Equine Canada

Equine Canada is Canada’s national govern- ing 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 Eques- trian Federation (FEI), and the Canadian Olympic Committee as the national organisation represent- ing equestrian sport and equine interests. For more information about Equine Canada, please visit

At the Equine Canada Annual Awards Gala, on Friday, February 3, 2012, in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Jessica Phoenix was named the 2011 Equine Canada Equestrian of the Year Award.

Pictured above: Jessica Phoenix and Equine Canada president, Michael Gallagher Photo Credit—Robert Young

Born in Uxbridge, ON, horses have always been a part of Phoenix’s life. At 13 years of age she won the Ontario Horse Trials Training Championship, and every year from then on she continued to win a Championship. Phoenix was named to Canadian Event- ing Talent Squad until she was long listed in 2006. Riding Exploring, Phoenix was a mem- ber of the Canadian Eventing Team at the 2007 Pan American Games in Brazil. At the 2010 World Equestrian Games, Phoenix and Exponential were members of the Canadian eventing squad that claimed team silver.

Volunteer of the Year

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provinces, creating a unified equestrian sport community in Canada.

Ehrlick has also been honoured twice by the Arabian Horse Association when he was awarded the President’s Award for Excellence. On the most recent occasion, Ehrlick was rec- ognized for his efforts for saving The Canadi- an National Horse Show. Ehrlick is also a member of the Ontario Equestrian Federation Hall of Fame and has held the position of OEF president on two occasions and remains the longest serving president in OEF history. “In light of the high standard of previous recipients who have won this prestigious award in the past, it is extremely humbling to receive this honour,” said Ehrlick. “I would like to thank the OEF staff for indulging my direction and making the national drug testing program possible.”

The Volunteer of the Year award, spon- sored by BFL Canada, is presented every year to an exceptional volunteer who has contribut- ed to equestrian sport and to Equine Canada. It is presented to someone who has dedicated himself or herself to Equine Canada and its ideals, who has worked tirelessly for the improvement of the organization, and who has had a noticeable impact on the sport. At the Equine Canada Annual Awards Gala on Friday, February 3, 2012, in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Allan Ehrlick was pre- sented with the 2011 Equine Canada Volun- teer of the Year by Sara Runnalls of BFL Canada, and Equine Canada president, Michael Gallagher.

About Equine Canada

For more information about Equine Canada, please visit

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