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October Q Horse Hero Honourees

Congratulations to Our October Q Horse Heroes, Emily Bertrand, Todd Bailey, Cheryl Norris, and Laura Siebenthal-Baxter
Emily Bertrand

Emily Bertrand’s first horseback riding experience was on her aunt’s Quarter Horse, from that moment on Emily knew she wanted horses in her life.

In 2007, Emily purchased a rundown dilapidated farm in Barrhaven, Ontario, and turned it into a thriving equestrian centre that has become a true social enterprise and staple in our local community, known as Royale Equestrian Centre.  Now 23 years later, Emily has 250 students in peak times with 40 plus horses and 14 instructors, all this started with one horse, a Thoroughbred Mare, named Royale.

When the pandemic hit, Royale Equestrian Centre was closed, however there was still 40 plus horses to attend to. Staff had 2 teams that alternated with no intermingling while keeping the horses cleaned and fed. Emily stated, “This was a successful program, all provincial protocols were followed, and we made it through.”

Emily has taken on a new extension of her business with her cousin Cody Czeitler and the Calder Family. A second business, “Royale Ranch” will operate out of Ottawa’s oldest riding academy (1958), Green Belt Riding School. Green Belt closed in 2019 since then Emily and partners have been doing extensive renovations.  Emily is planning on a grand opening for June 1st weekend 2021. This facility will offer western riding activities with 20-40 horses. Truly Emily will be busy with Royale Equestrian Centre and Royale Ranch operating in full force.

Dedication is a strong suit during good and bad times. Emily has been awarded the “Faces Award” for Ottawa area and Equestrian Center of the year, in Ottawa 2019. In addition to these prestigious awards, Emily enjoys community involvement including: Ottawa Food Bank, Shepherds of Good Hope, and, Boys and Girls Club.

CQHA honors Emily Bertrand as a 2020 Canadian Quarter Horses Association Q Horse Hero.

Mathieu Cormier

Twenty years ago, was a new beginning for Mathieu Cormier, this is when he began riding in a local Pony Club. His introduction was on “Bailey”, a Haflinger.  Mathieu rode jumpers before turning to the Quarter Horse Circuit

Mathieu is employed as a Nurse’s Aid at the Centre Hospital University of Sherbrooke, (CHUS), located in Sherbrooke, QC.  His career at CHUS has covered many departments, however, currently working the Emergency Department. CHUS is the fourth largest hospital in Quebec, and the local hospital for Sherbrooke residents.  It also provides care to the entire population of the Eastern Townships. The CHUS offers services to about one million people.

The pandemic has had a toll on many, including Mathieu who was working over 100 hours a week caring for patients.  Mathieu carried the burden for two, as his husband’s place of employment was closed, bills had to be paid.

Pandemic rules, closed the facility where Mathieu kept his show horse, however, when he had a few free hours he was able to help some less fortunate horse owners who needed a helping hand to care for their horses.

Mathieu’s integrity is just another example of Equestrians shining through all crises.

CQHA honors Mathieu Cormier as a 2020 Canadian Quarter Horses Association Q Horse Hero.        

Pam Esteves

Pam’s   devotion to riding horses began as a young when she was enrolled in lessons. Pam’s family supported her passion at local horse shows. As the family became more involved a Quarter Horse mare was purchased for Pam to continue her dream of training and showing.

Pam worked at different equestrian farms gaining the knowledge that has made molded her success at Azores Stable as head Coach. Pam and her husband Marco, whom is also very accomplished on the equestrian scene, with accomplishments as a high end groom for prominent stables. Together they make a winning team crossing imported Warm Bloods on their Andalusian stallion, resulting in Spanish Warm bloods.

During the height of the pandemic, Pam managed to home school her children between keeping the training up on clients show horses. Pam stated, “This was a trying time, no one was allowed on the farm, Marco and I were going from sun up to sun down.”

Pam received the “Person that makes a difference award” from OEF a few years. Pam has also been on the Gaited Horse Association Board of Directors for 15 years, serving 4 years as Vice President and 2 years as President.

CQHA honors Pam Esteves as a 2020 Canadian Quarter Horses Association Q Horse Hero.           

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Teagan Goodsell

Teagan Goodsell, was raised on her parents ranch in Alberta, known as Rolling O Ranches. At the Rolling O Ranch many great racing Quarter Horses have impacted the Alberta Quarter Horse Racing.

After graduating from high school, Teagan studied Electrical engineering at the University of Alberta. The lure of the horses brought Teagan back to the race horse industry. Teagan and her husband Allen operate a racing Quarter Horse stable in Alberta. Allen is a trainer and Teagan is a retired jockey, in height of her jockey career (2012) Teagan  earned 148, 820.00.

Teagan fondly remembers one of their favorite horses Mr Eleanore, who proved to be a successful race horse, and now proving himself in the barrel arena.

Now retired, Teagan is the Program Coordinator for the Alberta Quarter Horse Racing Association. Teagan’s responsibilities include, preparing BOD documentation, pay outs, arrange awards and yearly sale. 

Teagan has received many awards as a Jockey including: Top Rookie Rider, and the Leading Riding Award at Evergreen Park.

Teagan is a new Director with Canadian Quarter Horse Association. She is looking forward to the position.

CQHA honors Teagan Goodsell as a 2020 Canadian Quarter Horses Association Q Horse Hero.        

Bob Zylstra

Bob’s introduction to horses was first through his family and miniature horses. Today, Bob has a strong devotion to The G.R.E.A.T. Saddle Club in Tillsonburg, Ontario. In 2007, Bob was one of the founding members, now he is the President of the Saddle Club. Bob dedicates many hours to providing the youth members of G.R.E.A.T with every opportunity to learn and have fun with their horses.

This past year, (2020), The G.R.E.A.T. BOD decided not to have any horse shows or other activities due to the pandemic. Bob decided this was a good year to rebuild the show pen for the kids, hoping 2021 would be a better year for horse club activities. 

Bob is a long distance truck driver for Smale Farms Ltd., located in Mossley, Ontario. Smale Farms operate as a licensed grain handling and storage facility for corn, wheat, soybeans and rye. Smale Farms provide the local farming communities by connecting the markets in both Canada and the United States.

When not long haul trucking grain to farmers on both sides of the border, Bob is taking care of the family farm and their Quarter horses. This act of kindness relieves the workload of other family members.

CQHA honors Bob Zylstra as a 2020 Canadian Quarter Horses Association Q Horse Hero.        

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September Q Horse Hero Honourees

Congratulations to Our September Q Horse Heroes, Christine St-Jean, Todd Bailey, Cheryl Norris, and Laura Siebenthal-Baxter
Christine St-Jean

Christine’s devotion to riding quarter horses began as a 15 year old girl when her mother
purchased a quarter horse for her. Christine showed local shows for a few years, until she got
the bug to attend the Ontario Quarter Horse Circuit.

Christine’s remote northern Ontario location does not stop her from trailering her show horse
12 hours one way to exhibit in western pleasure, showmanship and trail. Christine is proud of
her horses, and the foals that she has raised, breeding to top Quarter Horse Stallions in North
America. Christine is a Director with Ontario Quarter Horse Amateur Association (OAQHA)
maintaining the Facebook page, and engaging in various fund raising efforts.

Christine travels 50 minutes one way to Timmins and District Hospital, where for the past 30
years she is employed as a Laboratory Technician. Her job is covers emergency department,
microbiology department, and the main laboratory. Timmins and District Hospital is a full
service hospital for Northern Ontario residences, partnering with Lakehead University,
Laurentian Medicine.Over and above Christine’s position as a Laboratory Technician and position with OAQHA,

Christine was the founder of “Horses for Hoof”. This initiative raised 10,000.00 dollars through
clinics, and various other horse activities for the emergency department at Timmins and District
Hospital and Northern College.

CQHA honours Christine St-Jean as a 2020 Canadian Quarter Horses Association Q Horse Hero.

Cheryl Norris

Cheryl Norris is one of those dedicated equestrian volunteers. She is no stranger to the Quarter
Horse show circuit operation and exhibition. Her specialty on the Quarter Horse Circuit was
Hunter Under Saddle and Pleasure Driving.Cheryl has assumed the position of President of Eastern Ontario Quarter Horse Association (EOQHA) currently for eleven years.

Decisions to cancel all events for 2020 due to Covid-19 did not stop Cheryl from engaging EOQHA members in a virtual clinic with renowned trainer and futurity prospect, Brian Isabell. Cheryl is well respected as the anchor of EOQHA, at the Summer Sizzler 2019 the board of director’s presented Cheryl with an recognition award. In Cheryl’s words: “It was very kind to be recognized” The recognition award read, “we should acknowledge that Cheryl has been president for 10 yrs now and without her dedication EOQHA would not be where it is today. “

Cheryl’s love for the horses spills over into the miniature show circuit, where she exhibits in halter, roadster, single pleasure driving , tandem hitch as well as multi hitch classes , cones, and . . Another
fun class is barrels (yes while driving your fastest mini)

Cheryl’s story does not end here. For the past 25 years Cheryl has been employed at Kemptville District Hospital in the Dietary Department. Kemptville District Hospital is a fully accredited healthcare facility
committed to building healthier communities.

During her career, Cheryl was on the award winning team to receive: Regional Unit of the Year by Morrison, the healthcare division of Compass Group Canada, the hospital’s food service provider. The KDH unit was chosen from healthcare organizations all over the region, which encompasses Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba.(excerpt from Kemptville District Hospital)


CQHA honours Cheryl Norris as a 2020 Canadian Quarter Horses Association Q Horse Hero.

Todd Bailey

Todd Bailey certainly is no stranger to the equestrian world. Todd juggles his time between
family, saddle maker, trainer and horse show judge.

Todd and his wife Peggy have carried on the long family tradition of saddle making for 38 years,
learning the trade from his father Don Bailey, founder of Bailey Saddles. Todd’s talents go
beyond saddle making. For the past 34 years, Todd is one of the most sought after judges,
holding multiple judging cards; and during this pandemic, Todd has judged virtual shows and real
time shows across Canada.

Todd has been an active director and president on various boards including Alberta Paint Horse
Association, Area 2 Quarter Horse Association, Ontario Paint Association, All Equine Show in
London, Ontario and London Fair Board.

Todd extends his kindly manner to everyone he meets, and he’s been gracious to assist virtual show managers and competitors alike this year, by donating his judging fees and giving exhibitors constructive feedback on their video entries.

CQHA honors Todd Bailey as a 2020 Canadian Quarter Horses Association Q Horse Hero.

Laura Siebenthal-Baxter

Laura is currently in her twelfth year as letter carrier, employed by Canada Post in the Province
of Ontario.

After completing her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Social Work, Laura took a position
with a Police Service and also worked as a Emergency Medical Technician on a rural ambulance.

Juggling a career and family, Laura enjoys equestrian activities with her daughter and
grandchildren. Volunteering with Canadian Pony Club, Equine Assisted Learning and rescuing
horses which keeps the family busy.

Laura enjoys riding her Quarter Horse / Appaloosa cross mare “Dixie”, volunteering with
Ontario Mounted Special Service Unit which is a proud alliance partner of the Canadian Quarter
Horse Association.

For being an essential part of her community, CQHA honours Laura Siebenthal-Baxter as a 2020 Canadian Quarter Horses Association Q Horse Hero.

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Lord Strathcona’s Horse – Mounted Troop

Trooper, Strathcona’s Horse in South Africa. This image strikingly shows why Strathcona’s Horse, perhaps more than any other unit in South Africa, became identified with the popular image of the Canadian cowboy.
HISTORY & ORIGINS : Canada & The South African War, 1899-1902

On 10 January 1900, Lord Strathcona and Mount Royal, the Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, offered to raise a regiment at his own expense for service in the British Army in South Africa. The Imperial authorities accepted his offer and thus was born one of the more unusual regiments of the South African War. While officially a British unit, the distinction was lost on the Canadian public, politicians, and the men serving in its ranks. It could hardly have been otherwise, as the unit was recruited entirely in the Canadian West. It was equipped by the Canadian government, quartered in Lansdowne Park, Ottawa, and paraded on Parliament Hill. The men cut impressive figures, resplendent in wide-brimmed Stetsons, and mounted on cow ponies with western saddles and lassos.

The unit was known as Strathcona’s Horse. It was made up of three quadrons recruited in Manitoba, the territories that would later become the provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta, and British Columbia.

A cadre of mounted police joined Strathcona’s Horse, among them the commanding officer, the legendary Superintendent Sam Steele.

Strathcona’s Horse arrived in Cape Town on 10 April 1900, and was delayed there by an outbreak of disease among its horses. Finally, in June, the regiment joined General Buller’s Natal Field Force and took part in the clearing of the Boer forces from that colony, and also in operations intended to link up with the main army in the Transvaal. On 5 July, at Wolve Spruit, a member of the unit, Sergeant Arthur Richardson, was awarded the Victoria Cross for rescuing a wounded and unhorsed comrade.

The regiment experienced a considerable amount of hard fighting during the remainder of its tour of operations. In January 1901, the Canada-bound unit stopped in London where the new monarch, King Edward VII, personally presented its members with their South African campaign medals, while Lord Strathcona proudly looked on.

Map Indicating the Movement of the Strathcona’s Horse, 20 June – 1 September 1900

The Troop Today

The Strathcona Mounted Troop is an authorized volunteer display unit. The Troop is reminiscent of Lord Strathcona’s Horse in the nineteen twenties and thirties. The twenty-horse, twenty-five member Troop performs the Musical Ride. The ride is drawn from the Regiment’s traditions of the nineteen twenties and thirties.
When was the Troop Formed?

The current Strathcona Mounted Troop was formed in 1977. The original Ceremonial Mounted Troop was formed in 1923 as a means of honouring and maintaining the Cavalry traditions of the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians). The original Troop was disband in 1939 when the Regiment moved to armoured vehicles as Canada joined the world in preparations for the Second World War.

Who are the people in the Troop?

The twenty-five members of the Strathcona Mounted Troop are soldiers of Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians). The members of the Troop volunteer for one or two years to serve in much the same manner as Strathcona’s did in the nineteen twenties. Their daily schedule concentrates on the care of their mounts and equipment, and in cavalry drills and training. In addition, they are responsible to remain ready for active military duty, and must therefore participate in trade specific training. The Troop Leader is Captain Corey McLean and the Troop’s Ride Master is Warrant Officer James Clarke.

What is Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians)?

Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) is a regular force armoured unit of the Canadian Forces. The Strathcona’s primary fighting vehicle is the Leopard tank. Its reconnaissance squadron utilizes the Coyote, of the Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) family. The Strathcona’s are the only regular force armoured unit in Western Canada.

Who owns the horses?

The mounts of the Strathcona Mounted Troop are provided through the Ceremonial Mounted Troop Foundation, and remain Foundation property. The mounts are neither purchased by nor maintained by the Canadian Forces or the Department of National Defense.

Does the Army issue the uniforms and equipment?

The uniforms, accoutrements (badges and buttons) saddles and tack are not the property of the Canadian Forces or the Department of National Defense. These items are provided through the Ceremonial Mounted Troop Foundation, and remain Foundation property.

How does the Strathcona Mounted Troop Travel?

Public support is provided in transporting the Strathcona Mounted Troop with regards to personnel and support vehicles. Transportation of our 20 horse trailer is provided by one of our proud sponsors, Bison Transport. The twenty-horse trailer purchased in 1998, however, was provided by the Ceremonial Mounted Troop Foundation with the assistance of the Wild Rose Foundation.

What is the Ceremonial Mounted Troop Foundation?

The Ceremonial Mounted Troop Foundation is a non-profit company registered in the Province of Alberta. This registered charitable organization has the sole object of providing for and maintaining the Strathcona Mounted Troop for the enjoyment of the general public, and to provide public education on Canadian Cavalry heritage, history and tradition. From its inception in 1984, the Foundation has grown from the generosity of Alberta corporations and friends of the Strathcona’s. The primary source of funds remains private donation, and honourariums.

Can the Strathcona Mounted Troop be booked by any organization?

Any organization or individual can book the Strathcona Mounted Troop throughout the active display season May through October. Availability is dependent on the distance from Edmonton, Alberta, and on conflict with annual commitments. The Troop, for instance, is booked for all major events at Spruce Meadows. An information and requirements package will be forwarded to interested parties. Please contact smt@strathconas.ca.

Click here to link to the full Lord Strathcona’s Horse website

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July Q Horse Heroes Honourees

LISA GRAHAM

Lisa has been involved with Quarter Horses for over 40 years, originally from Ontario, she moved to Saskatchewan to peruse her career as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Lisa served her entire RCMP career in Saskatchewan, and is now retired; however, that does not mean that she isn’t still serving her community.  

Her equine involvement in the province is vast, currently she is serving as president for both the Saskatchewan Horse Federation and the Saskatchewan Quarter Horse Association. She, herself had big plans for the 2020 show and breeding season, having a halter mare very near her AQHA superior she had planned to complete that this year and have her bred; but of course, like so many in the horse industry this year, those plans have been pushed back. In spite of this personal setback however, Lisa has been an encouraging force in her equine community, promoting all breed virtual horse shows, organizing and promoting smaller scaled clinics, and helping the Saskatchewan Quarter Horse Association launch a new Horseback Riding Program. 

In addition to the many hours she volunteers to the horse community, she is also a dedicated member of her Royal Canadian Legion branch. Lisa has been instrumental in her community’s contribution to the Canadian Fallen Heroes Foundation project. The foundation partners with private and public organizations to put a face to the fallen, to share a glimpse into the lives of our soldiers and preserve their memory through memorial. Lisa has done much of the research into the families of the 30 plus names listed on the Craik War Memorial, gathering photos of the fallen and collecting their stories, it is a project that is dear to her and to so many Canadians.  

Aylesbury, Saskatchewan is where Lisa calls home. It’s a small community with a substantial elderly populationand the Legion plays a big part in the community. In a normal year it would host an assortment of community activities to help ensure the health and wellbeing of the region, but with Covid 19, its purpose has changed. In her role with the Legion now, Lisa finds she spends a lot of time reaching out into the community to find out who needs assistance, and who would really appreciate a good home cooked meal delivered.  

For her continued commitment to the Saskatchewan equine communitythe wellbeing of her communityand the preservation of the memory of our fallen war heroes, CQHA honours Lisa Graham as a 2020 Canadian Quarter Horse Association Q Horse Hero!  

DANIKA MORTON

CQHA is pleased to honour Danika Morton of Dryden, Ontario as a Q Horse Hero.  

The president of the Northern Lights Quarter Horse Association (NLQHA) works full time in Canada’s forestry industry; and owns two registered American Quarter Horses.  

A dedicated horse show enthusiast, she began riding as a child, and started showing on the AQHA circuit internationally when she was in her late teens. Danika has competed in all around events and in the last few years has focused on Ranch Riding events. In 2019 she qualified for the AQHA World Show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and competed in Ranch Riding.  

In March of this year when Covod-19 hit Canada, in anticipation of a very different show seasonDanika on behalf of the NLQHA began organizing. As a result of her hard work and dedication the NLQHA was the very first Canadian Quarter Horse organization to launch virtual horse shows; that inaugural show kicked off April 24, 2020. 

On May 21, 2020 the CQHA media team created a video montage of the special lead line class that Danika created for the NLQHA virtual show, featuring the images that each entry submitted. The video was widely shared on social media, and reshared by AQHA, and several other highprofile equine media accounts. In the spirit of offering fun virtual classes to everyone the association announced a costume class which kicksed off July 15, and CQHA plans to share those entries as well.  

With over 500 members of the NLQHA’s virtual show’s online FaceBook group, the shows which are open to all breeds are continuing to go strong. Danika says they get entries from all over Canada, and that it has been a great way for people to connect who otherwise may have never showed at the same show in their normal travels. CQHA asked Danika if she had any pearls of wisdom to share, from her experience of running these virtual shows, she said, “Keep practicing and working at home, because eventually we all will get back to the regular show pen.”  

For living up to the old adage that “the show must go on” and supporting her horse show community with fun alternative showing experiences we honour Danika Morton as a 2020 Canadian Quarter Horse Association Q Horse Hero!  

LEANNE KAROLES

Capt. Karoles is a dedicated supporter of the American Quarter Horse industry in Canada. A long-time amateur competitor, show sponsor, and breeder; her love for the breed started at an early age growing up in Alberta.  

Leanne’s career with the Canadian Armed Forces moved her to Ontario in the early 2000’s and while her horse showing has been temporarily put on hiatus multiple times due to being deployed over-seas in service to our country, it’s a passion that she is always happy to return home to.  

There are many different kinds of roles within the Canadian Military, to say one is Army, or Air Force, doesn’t do much to narrow that down; and because of security and protocols CQHA is limited as to what we can say about her role within Canada’s Army, however it is safe to say that many of the lessons she has learned during her long hours in the barn and in the saddle, have made her a better soldier. The compassion, patience, and communication skills that have been refined by years as an avid equestrian, have transferred easily to her job protecting our country and supporting her comrades and their families.  

Capt. Karoles has been deployed to the far east since before the outbreak of the global pandemic; an unexpected stress that has only added to the burden of Canadian military families, and their loved ones deployed. The situation has made her role within the Armed Forces all that more important to both service men and women and those waiting for them at home, to those she serves and supports we know she provides an important lifeline, a heroic feat onto its-self.  

For serving her country and providing unimaginable support to Canadian service men and women during this global pandemic CQHA honourCapt. Leanne Karoles as a 2020 Canadian Quarter Horse Association Q Horse Hero!  

Please watch the CQHA FaceBook page for an upcoming announcement as to when Leanne will be a guest in an exclusive CQHA interview.  

DAVID NICHOL

On the evening of May 9, 2020 David Nichol and his wife Rachel were driving down County Road 16, in Orangeville, Ontario when he spotted flames, and immediately turned up the driveway into the Hockley Hills School of Horsemanship; the home of Aitchison Show Horses. The riding school and training facility is owned by Julie Huppé and Dave Aitchison; Julie and Dave were just sitting down for dinner with their family when a knock came to their door, Nichol’s informed them that their tractor was on fire and flames were spreading to the barn.  

Quickly everyone including Mr. Nichol jumped into action to rescue the 19 horses and Kippins 

the barn cat who were all inside the barn. Julie said that while she, Dave and the kids rushed to move the horses to safety, this man whom they had never met before bravely held the flames and black smoke at bay with the water hose. 

The fire was battled for hours by the four responding fire departments, and in all the chaos that ensued Nichol and his wife left before Dave and Julie could even get his name or thank him 

When news reporters came the next day, Dave recapped the night’s events stating that they never would have been able to save all the horses had this stranger not come to their aid, Julie said “We are forever grateful and would like to thank him personally” hoping that the news media would reach the brave individual that helped them, and encourage him to return to the farm or give them a call.  

A week later Dave and Rachel returned to introduce themselves.  

For coming to the aid of the Hockley Hills School of Horsemanship; the home of Aitchison Show Horses, and redefining the term “Good Samaritan” we honour David Nichol  as a 2020 Canadian Quarter Horse Association Q Horse Hero!

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August Q Horse Heroes Honourees

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.