Congratulations – AEF English & Western Rider Bursary Recipients
Sonja Burton English Rider Level Bursary awarded to Taylor Stock of Ardrossan, AB
Sonja Burton, age 17, was an accomplished equestrian with two horses that both complemented her personality: one a cowgirl, the other a princess. Sonja started riding at the age of 8 years old and was immediately hooked. Sonja spent at least 4 times a week in the saddle training at Amberlea Meadows, in Edmonton, AB. She was a very technical rider and took to the sport like a fish to water. She collected a slew of trophies and ribbons over the years. Sonja graduated in June 2015 with distinction from Harry Ainlay High School and planned to pursue her Bachelor of Arts Degree and eventually study Law.The AEF is pleased to present this bursary in Sonja Burton’s memory, for her dedication, passion and love towards horses and the sport of equestrian. This bursary is available to the rider who has achieved the highest score on the English Learn to Ride Level 8 test each year.
“By improving myself I can pass my knowledge on to others and help the Albertan equestrian community grow. I am fortunate to be part of an Equestrian community that is supportive of upcoming riders, amateur and professional. As a young rider becoming professional, I have greatly appreciated the support of AEF and found the Equestrian Canada Rider levels program and the Coaching program very instrumental to my career.” – Taylor Stock
Charlene Baker Western Rider Level Bursary Recipient awarded to Piera Zemlak of Calgary, AB
Charlene Baker was a western level 2 course conductor and western level 2 certified coach for the province of Alberta. Charlene was heavily involved in 4H as well as provided many clinics and teachings for Lakeland College in Vermillion, AB all based on the EC guidelines. Charlene was a very competitive rider, in addition to her successful coaching career, and was instrumental in organizing many competitions in the NE region of Alberta. Charlene believed that it was important that people see coaches out there progressing and using the EC program.The AEF is pleased to present this bursary in Charlene Baker’s memory, for her dedication, passion and love towards horses and the sport of equestrian. This bursary is available to the rider who has achieved the highest score on the Western Learn to Ride Level 4 test each year.
“For future equestrians to succeed I think it is crucial to advertise the learning opportunities, such as the rider program that AEF offers, and where to find the resources to succeed. As a member of the AEF I’ve benefited as they have provided me with ample opportunities to further my education in the equine industry and make connections with other like-minded individuals. The Western Learn to Ride program has benefited me significantly as a rider by enforcing attention to detail, and gentle and subtle actions for a smooth and confident ride. Most importantly, my awareness of safety standards and understanding how to better care for my horses has been heightened significantly. Training with a certified coach has given me the learning experience of a lifetime and has shown me that every ride is furthering the training on my young horse.” – Piera Zemlak
To read the full bio’s of these recipients please view our latest issue of Alberta Bits magazine.
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