42/ MARCH/APRIL 2017 THE RIDER Jumping Youth Bursary Recipients Announced for 2016

Ottawa, ON, March 1, 2017 - Equestrian Canada (EC) is pleased to announce the hard-working young ath- letes who were chosen by the EC Jumping Committee to receive Jumping Youth Bursary funds for 2016. In recognition of the

challenges young riders face as they strive to continue their education while com- peting at high levels of the jumping sport, the Jumping Youth Bursary program was developed for athletes be- tween the ages 14-21 who compete in hunter, jumper and equitation divisions. The following athletes

have been awarded $2,000 each through the 2016 Jumping Youth Bursary in recognition of their hard work and dedication:

Kassidy Keith, 19, from Nanaimo, BC began riding at the age of three and has progressed through the hunter and jumper levels from the Short Stirrup all the way to grand prix. A strong equitation rider, Kas- sidy won the National Finals for both the JC Medal and the CET Medal in 2015. That same year, she won the Thunderbird Good Hands & Seat Medal Final, plus qual- ified and competed at the prestigious ASPCA Maclay Medal Finals in Lexington, KY. In 2016, she picked up multiple provincial champi- onship titles, plus made her

debut at the grand prix level, earning a top-10 finish in the JC Anderson Memorial Grand Prix at Rocky Moun- tain Show Jumping (RMSH) in Alberta. For the 2017 season, Kassidy’s goals include moving up to the 1.50m level and pursu- ing EC/NCCP certified coaching credentials. A hardworking student, Kas- sidy was accepted to the University of Fresno in 2016, but deferred her en- trance into a business pro- gram to the fall of 2017 in order to concentrate on her working student position with Equimark Stables.

Alex Jamael, 19, of Mac- taquac, NB, grew up around horses and started lessons at the age of six. Honing his riding skills through the Canadian Pony Club and the EC Learn to Ride program, Alex grew a passion for jumping. Already achieving so much in his jumping ca- reer, after finishing third overall in the Junior Jumper division at the Royal Horse Show in Toronto, ON in 2015, he moved up to the Grand Prix level, winning the Coveside Classic Grand Prix in 2016 in Chester, NS. Also working hard on his education and career, Alex spends time training and competing in Florida while working toward a Business degree through online courses at New Brunswick

University. In partnership with his brother, Alex also runs Fox and Foal Eques- trian, creating custom jumps and tack boxes, and through the business, is devoted to giving back to the eques- trian community through horse show sponsorships.

Campbell Legere, 15, of Hammond Plaines, NS, has been riding for over 10 years, accomplishing a great deal in that time, while showing compassion and generosity. Campbell has progressed from the Pony divisions to Children’s and Junior Hunter, earning Zone Championships each year and qualifying and compet- ing at the Royal Horse Show six years in a row. She has also entered the jumper ranks, competing at the 1.20m level and plans to move up to 1.30m in 2017, as well as making her debut in the CET Medal and JC Medal series. Her overall goal is to represent Canada at the FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC). A current high school stu- dent, Campbell plans to at- tend medical school in the future and focus on neurol- ogy and surgery in order to help those with brain in- juries.

Erica Forgeron, 19, of Quispamsis, NB, has loved horses all her life, and after

New Brunswick at the 2014 and 2015 Canadian Inter- provincial Equestrian Championships, and finish- ing first overall in CET Medal Atlantic region in 2016. Having completed one year of university with a double major in Biology and Kinesiology, Erica made the Dean’s List in 2015. In the fall of 2016, she transferred to the University of Calgary to pursue a dou- ble major in Science and Ki- nesiology with the ultimate goal of attending medical school to become a Cardiol- ogist.

Megan Champoux, 17, from Aldergrove, BC was one of six athletes awarded with a Jumping Youth Bursary of $2,000. Champoux’s many achievements in 2016 in- cluded winning the CET Medal National Final in Toronto, ON in November.

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succeeding as a gymnast, decided to take up riding lessons at the age of 11. A hard-working athlete, Erica has competed in the Mar- itimes and Quebec circuits, starting in the Short Stirrups division and working her way up to the 1.10m jumper

division, accumulating many division champi- onships and sportsmanship awards along the way. Erica’s highlights to date in- clude qualifying and com- peting in the Large Pony Hunter at the Royal Horse Show in 2012, representing

Katrina Kosmitsch, 16, of Calgary, AB, has been hooked on horses since at- tending a Christmas riding camp at the age of six. Hav- ing progressed through the ranks of ponies, junior hunter divisions, Katrina en- tered the equitation ranks and claimed first place in the 2015 CET Prairie Medal Finals, plus finished second in the 2016 JC Medal Na- tional Finals at the Royal Horse Show. She also had the opportunity to represent Canada at the 2014 Friend- ship Games in Panama, where she won Junior Equi- tation and Sportsmanship awards. Impressively, in 2016 Katrina made the leap all the way from the CET Medal to the 1.45m grand prix level. After graduating high school, she plans to


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continue competing with the ultimate goal of represent- ing Canada at the Olympics, while also pursuing a veteri- nary degree with a special- ization in holistic medicine in order to enhance the health and performance of show horses.

Megan Champoux, 17, of Aldergrove, BC, has been competing since the age of five, and has experience competing all around North America, including Florida, California, Washington, British Columbia and Al- berta. Her accomplishments to date include being a Thunderbird Legacy Scholar recipient and win- ner of the Thunderbird Good Hands & Seat finals, winning three interna- tional/Canadian hunter der- bies, the Milner Downs six-bar and many year-end and championship titles. Known for her strong equi- tation skills, Megan won the 2016 CET Medal National Final and finished fourth in the renowned 2016 ASPCA Maclay Medal Finals in Lexington, KY. Megan’s goal for the future is to fur- ther her riding experience and knowledge and repre- sent Team Canada. A dedi- cated student, Megan has been studying hard for her SAT and ACT exams with the goal of attending an

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