August Q Horse Heroes Honourees

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Congratulations to our August Q Horse Heroes, Brad Bowie, Jen Ellins, Lisa Rath and Stojan’s Powersports and Marine Ltd.!

Brad Bowie

Brad Bowie was born into the Canadian Quarter Horse community. Professionally he is the communications director for the Peel region paramedic service, an emergency medical responder, and rodeo announcer. He is also a horse show organizer for the roping and cutting industry, a promotor for the equine goods and services industry, and a volunteer advisor to the Canadian Quarter Horse Association’s media committee.

During this pandemic his skills have been essential to his community and his EMS team; in fact, they were critical in the early days of the pandemic when there was so much uncertainty at the start of the phase one lock down in the province of Ontario; coordinating communications to the media and to his team and organizing the flow of information between medical and legislative bodies, and first responders. Yet it was during this time that he also agreed to lend what little free time he had to help shape CQHA’s expansion of its social media footprint, which launched May 1, 2020.

Brad and is entire family have deep roots in the Quarter Horse industry, they have a legacy of volunteerism and knowledge that reaches back to the early days of the Quarter Horse breed in this country, and a diverse involvement which spans much of the industry from AQHA all around events to ranch and cow horse events, as well as rodeo.

For his continued commitment to the equine industry, and serving is community as a first responder, CQHA honours Brad Bowie as a 2020 Canadian Quarter Horse Association Q Horse Hero!

Jen Ellins

Jen Ellinshails from a family that was once a fixture in the Ontario Quarter Horse community. Daughter of Bill and Leslie Ellinswhom were long time volunteers of Quarterama and Ontario Quarter Horse promotional clubs, Jen was attending quarter horse shows way before she could even walk or talkAs an adult she has broadened her equestrian interests and is now an accomplished side saddle rider 

Employed as a master electrician Jen has been on duty throughout the duration of this pandemic as an essential service provider, ensuring her community has had a safe and reliable source of electricity. In addition to her demanding fulltime profession, Jen recently moved back home to help care of her parents and their farm. She has rebuilt the greenhouse and tends to a full crop of vegetables, to supply their family.  

Reaching back to her equestrian roots Jen has been a Captain with the Ontario Mounted Special Service Unit for a number of years now. The group performs mounted security duties and also participates in search rescue activities when called upon by local authorities across the province of Ontario, due to the fact that often the wilderness of the province makes search and rescue efforts difficult on foot or by motorized vehicle.  

For her continued commitment to her family and community as an essential service provider, and her dedication to the Ontario Mounted Special Service Unit which is a proud alliance partner of the Canadian Quarter Horse Association , CQHA honours Jen Ellins as a 2020 Canadian Quarter Horse Association Q Horse Hero!  

LISA RATH

Lisa Rath is employee of Victoria Order of Nurses (VON), Lisa is responsible for keeping the personal protective equipment in stock and up to date, for fellow VON employees. The VON offers essential personal support care for many members of communities across Ontario. Often times their assistance allows our disabled and elder citizens to remine in their homes, ensuring proper care and nutrition for which without their help would have to move into assisted living facilities. Lisa and her colleague’s duties during this pandemic have walked the line between both essential service worker and first responder throughout this pandemic, often arriving on the scene with paramedics when their clients are in distress.  

Lisa rides a registered American Quarter Horse mare “Sheza Flaming Tiger” aka Tia, together they serve on the Ontario Mounted Special Service Unit (OMSSU).  The pair have attended  numerous OMSSU events participating on the international award-winning performing drill team and acting as both community ambassadors and security at public events. Serving as a Captain with OMSSU, she adds great value to the team with her medical background as a past personal support worker,  and also participates in the fire prevention community ride through visits in Ontario’s cottage country with Ontario Fire Prevention Officers. 

In addition to her mounted volunteerism Lisa also operates a boarding barn, which like so many across Canada have faced many changes and obstacles during this pandemic. Lisa has worked diligently to ensure the welfare of the horses in her care, many of which are registered Quarter Horses, and also has adapted her routines and facilities in order to facilitate safe equestrian activity on her property once the province gave the OK to do so.  

For her commitment to her community as an essential service provider with the VON, and her dedication to the equine industry as a boarding facility operator and her volunteerism with Ontario Mounted Special Service Unit which is a proud alliance partner of the Canadian Quarter Horse Association , CQHA honours Lisa Rath as a 2020 Canadian Quarter Horse Association Q Horse Hero!  

Stojan's powersports and marine

Stojan’s Powersports and Marine Ltd., a business that has strong family ties to the Alberta Quarter Horse Racing industry, is renowned for doing good deeds in their community of Grande Prairie, Alberta. When the Covid 19 pandemic hit this spring and impacted the equine industry particularly hard, it wasn’t long for this family and their business to see where there was need and answer that call.  

The Peace Area Riding for the Disabled Society (PARDS)facility also in Grande Prairie, runs a number of community programs that are essential for the mental and physical wellbeing of its clients, but when services had to cease this spring due to the lock down, and the facility was faces with hardships not only associated with not providing services, but an unreliable piece of essential farm equipment that is essential to delivering care to the many horses employed at the riding center John Stojan and his business Stojan’s Powersports and Marine stepped in to help with the donation of a 2020 Can-Am Defender PRO. 

The vehicle helps with the daily tasks around the riding facility, and with staff being limited due to the pandemic, and the needs to the horses remaining a constant, pandemic or not, the donation came to the rescue of an exhausted staff that was resorting to the use of a wheel barrow to shuttle hay and gain to the numerous equines in its care.  

Stojan’s Powersports and Marie have been great supporters of PARDS in the past, and knowing how many people in their community depend on PARDs services, and the staff and volunteers who work tirelessly in the community to support and promote equine assisted therapy as invaluable therapy for so many varied afflictions, they felt that coming to their aid with the 2020 Can-Am Defender PRO was an easy way to support PARDS continued operations in their time of need.  

For their continued commitment to the equine assisted therapy and the PARDs organization, CQHA honours Stojan’s Powersports and Marine and the Stojan family as 2020 Canadian Quarter Horse Association Q Horse Heroes. 

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