FEBRUARY 2020 THE RIDER /17 Shannon Burwash Memorial Fund Scholarships awarded for 2019

Calgary, AB — The Calgary Foundation is very pleased to an- nounce the following scholar- ships have been awarded from the 2019 Shannon Burwash Me- morial Fund. Qualified students from across Canada applied for the three available scholarships this past June. Anna Henderson was born

and raised in Winnipeg, Mani-

medicine and surgery and hopes to bring her excellent research abilities to contribute to the field of equine research. She enjoys working with horses because she admires their athleticism, unique physiology, and the level of sur- gical care provided to these ani- mals. In addition to her academic achievements, Anna was the Let’s Talk Nanoscience coordi- nator for the University of Alberta Let’s Talk Sci- ence site. Let’s Talk Sci- ence is a national science outreach program for children. She has contin- ued public outreach at the WCVM this time focus- ing more on equine health. In her spare time Anna enjoys participating in fun runs and trained for a half marathon. She also enjoys wall climbing, ul- timate frisbee, and bas- ketball.

$1,000 Encouragement Award to Louise Caplan Louise Caplan has

lived in Alberta for most of her life, was introduced

toba. She graduated from the University of Winnipeg with her four-year honours in Chemistry. After completion of her B.Sc, she began her masters in Chem- istry at The University of Alberta in Edmonton. Anna was recog- nized by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Coun- cil of Canada (NSERC) with an award during her first year of studies and also for what would have been her third year of stud- ies in the amounts of $17,500 and $105,000 respectively. As well, Anna won the Alberta Inno- vates Technology Futures Schol- arship in the amount of $26,500 in her second year. However, Anna realized her true passion was working with animals and was accepted into the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in 2017. Anna wishes to return to

Manitoba to practice equine Since 2016, there have

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been two different categories of scholarship awards. The Encouragement Award is for first or second year students (2 X $1,000 awards). The Leadership Award is for students advancing past their second year of studies

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Gun Commander. Sponsored by: Martin Ranch (Chet and Amy Martin)

INTERMEDIATE OPEN Champion: Alain Allard – Y Not Wowza. Sponsored by: MTS (Michelle Mailhiot)

Reserve: Samantha Munroe – Miss Gun Commander. Sponsored by: Sherry Wilding


Champion: Loris Epis – Whizzys Tinseltown. Sponsored by: J & L Per- formance Horses Reserve: Alain Allard – Y Not Wowza. Sponsored by: M E Contracting (Eitan Abu)


All shows to be held in Richmond, ON. For more information please call Craig Black 519-874-1294 or refer to May 24, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 13

Brian Heaton was a long-time member of the ORHA. It was a tragic loss when he passed away in 2008. Brian was dedicated to the sport of Reining and the ORHA. In tribute to Brian, the Brian Heaton Memorial Award was created. In 2019, Dan and Berenice Fletcher were chosen as worthy recipients of the awards, for all their dedication, time and passion for the horses, the sport; and the association.

SPECIAL THANKS TO: • The Banquet Committee, Berenice Fletcher, Janna Imrie, Lynne Mc- Dougall, Sharon Hart • Jim McHarg, Darlene (Sharpe Signs) for their work on logo’s artwork and signing.

• Everyone who donated auction items – for the live auction and silent auc-

to horses early on and has been involved in the equine commu- nity ever since. Over time, they have become such a special and significant part of her that she

could never imagine a life without them. The majority of her free time is spent with horses, either show jumping or working as a stable hand. Although Louise loves all equines- ports, show jumping holds a special place in her heart. During the summers, Louise works as a camp instructor for week-long riding camps.

This year, she will begin her first year

at the University of Calgary to study cellular, molecular and microbial biology. Upon com- pletion of this program, Louise plans to apply for Veterinary school. She is particu- larly interested in the equine sports medicine and cardiology fields. Equine veterinary medicine has been her career goal for as long as she can remember as it perfectly combines her love for animals and science. Moreover, Louise volunteers at 17th Avenue animal hospital in order to gain more knowledge and practice. In addition, Louise has spent hundreds

of hours volunteering at different barns in Canada and Europe to gain experience han- dling horses and learning from people in the horse industry. She is persistent and deter- mined to achieve her dream as she feels ex- tremely lucky to have the opportunity to pursue her passion as a career.

$1,000 Encouragement Award to Sierra Sayles Sierra Sayles is 17 and lives in Calgary,

Alberta. Recently, she was chosen as a recip- ient of one of the Shannon Burwash Memo- rial Awards for Encouragement in Equine & Agricultural Studies, which will help her to- wards reaching her goal of attending post- secondary school, She recently graduated from Lord Beaverbrook High School, and will head to the Univer- sity of Alberta in the fall for a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. Her undergrad- uate studies will focus on An- imal Science, and she plans to complete a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine follow- ing her Bachelor’s degree. With seven years of ex-

perience being a professional trick-rider, practical farm work, and her job at a pet store, Sierra hopes she will be able to better perform in the future as a practising vet- erinarian.

Our overall goal was to raise $125,000

($2,000 award). “Again this year, we were extremely

impressed with all of the scholarship appli- cants,” said Dr. Wayne Burwash. “This is the fifth year that The Calgary Foundation has awarded the scholarships since Shannon’s passing in 2013, and we have now awarded $15,000 in scholarships. Congratulations to all the recipients and best wishes for reward- ing careers involving the horse.” For more information visit the CQHA

Shannon Burwash Memorial Scholarships webpage. at ships/shannon-burwash-memorial-scholar- ship

so the fund can keep generating annual awards to deserving students into the future. Dr. Burwash is most appreciative of all the generous donors who have enabled us to reach this important milestone. As of 2019, the fund reached its target goal of $125,000, but welcomes further donations so that it may increase the number of scholarships awarded annually.

To Donate: Online: Visit, choose “Donate” at the top, right hand side of home page, then click on the link for “Donate to an Existing Fund”, and then search the drop- down menu for “Shannon Burwash Memo- rial Fund for Equine for Equine and Agricultural Studies” (listed alphabetically). VISA and MasterCard are accepted. By Phone: To pay by credit card over the phone, call 403-802-7700 during office hours 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Please do NOT leave your credit card number on voice- mail. In Person: The Cal- gary Foundation, Kananoff Centre, #1180,105 12th Ave., SE, Calgary during office hours. By Mail: Make


payable to The Cal- gary Foundation, indicating “Shan- non Burwash Me- morial Award” in the memo section. Mail to: The Calgary Foun- dation, 1180 - 105 12 Avenue SE.,

About Shannon Burwash: Shannon Burwash was a leader and a

lover of the horse industry across Canada. The scholarships are awarded to deserving students who are focused on getting a post- secondary education, and being involved in the horse industry in their future. Help CQHA expand scholarship sup-

port with a donation to the Shannon Burwash Memorial Fund for Equine and Agricultural Studies

Calgary, AB T2G 1A1

Tax Receipts for Donations: A Canadian tax receipt will be issued for donations over $25 For more information, contact Ms. Darlene Chrapko, Director, Awards & Scholarships, at The Calgary Foundation at T: 403-802- 7711 or E:

tion • Vaquero Silversmiths, Buckskin Designs • All our class sponsors and sponsors throughout the year, you help make shows possible • All our show hosts, without you there would be no shows • Our volunteer members who donate their time and help make the shows successful

• Rebecca Nelles for taking the photos • The Holiday Inn and all their staff

Upcoming ORHA Events Events are subject to change. All ORHA shows are TENTATIVE until indi-

cated otherwise. Please check regularly for scheduling changes and confirmations. May 11-12, 2020

Waterford, O N. Spring Thaw. At Fletcher’s Horse World -

Affiliate Qualifier BOTH DAYS. FMI: John & Sharon Fletcher 519-443-7333 or john- June 5-7, 2020 - Waterford, ON. Summer Sizzler. At Fletcher’s Horse World - Affiliate Qualifier BOTH DAYS. FMI: John & Sharon Fletcher 519-443-7333 or john- July 4, 2020 - Meaford, ON. Spirit of Excellence Challenge. At Y Not Farms - Affiliate Qualifier. FMI: Ron Lubinski 519-538-0510 Aug. 7-9, 2020 - Waterford, ON. Canadian Reining Classic. At Fletcher’s Horse World. FMI: John & Sharon Fletcher 519-443-7333 or Sept. 11-13, 2020 - Waterford, ON. ORHA Grand Finale & NRHA Affiliate Regional Championship Eastern Canada. Featuring The OBBO 3 Year Old Futurity and the ORHA Futurity 2 Year Prospect Class. Hosted by ORHA at Fletcher’s Horse World. FMI: Terri Purdie & Dan Fletcher

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