Friday, March 22, 2013

Endurance Canada Recognize Award Recipients at Equine Canada Annual Gala

March 2013

At the 2013 Equine Canada Awards Gala held during the Annual Convention in February, the Endurance Canada Committee announced its most prestigious annual awards -Endurance Canada Hall Of Fame, Ron Janzen Memorial, Young at Heart and Youth Appreciation.

Endurance Canada takes great pride in recognizing Terre O'Brennan of Delta, BC, for all she has contributed to the sport of Endurance in Canada. For her dedication, O'Brennan was named as the 2012 recipient of the Endurance Canada Hall Of Fame Award.

O'Brennan began Endurance riding in the early 80s, and she quickly fell in love with the sport. Since that time she has completed over 7000 miles in competition and ridden many thousands of miles in training.

After competing up to the international level, O'Brennan felt she wanted to give back to her sport, and began volunteering, organizing rides, and mentoring new riders.

During these years she has remained a staunch supporter of the local, provincial, and regional endurance organizations, sitting on the Boards and providing them with numerous teaching articles for their newsletters. She co-organized and managed the 'Over the Rainbow Ride' in Merritt, BC for twenty years, and this summer she is hosting her first FEI event at this site.

O'Brennan has been active on the Endurance Canada Committee since its inception, being one of the British Columbia representatives, and serving as vice-chair. She is now in her second term as the Chair of the Endurance Canada Committee.

"The Hall of Fame is surely the greatest honour Endurance Canada can bestow," said O'Brennan. "I am honoured and humbled to have received this award."

"When I look at the inductees into the Endurance Canada Hall of Fame, I see not just highly successful competitors, although that is certainly apparent, I see a list of people who, in addition to excelling at their sport, have contributed greatly to it through volunteerism, education and, above all, a vision and a dedication to developing the sport of Endurance in Canada. I am honoured beyond words to be included in this group," continued O'Brennan.