Toronto, Ontario – Four new inductees will be celebrated at the tenth annual Jump Canada Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Gala, presented by BMO Financial Group, on Sunday, November 6, 2016, at the Liberty Grand in Toronto, ON.
The Jump Canada Hall of Fame was created in 2006 to recognize outstanding contributions to hunter/jumper sport. To date, 53 champions have been welcomed into the Hall of Fame, including 19 horses and ponies, 24 humans, six organizations, and four teams. This year, the Hall of Fame will debut the new category of Groom to pay tribute to the hard-working individuals behind the scenes whose dedicated care for their equine charges plays an integral role in the hunter and jumper industry.
This year’s celebrated inductees will be:
Groom – Marion Atkinson
Builder (Individual) – Elizabeth Bordeaux
Rider – Hugh Graham
Hunter Horse – Glen Owen
Hugh Graham will be one of four new inductees into the Jump Canada Hall of Fame on Sunday, November 6, 2016, at the Liberty Grand in Toronto, ON.
Photo by Ben Radvanyi Photography
“We are thrilled to present the tenth Jump Canada Hall of Fame Gala,” said Mark Samuel, Chairman of the Jump Canada Hall of Fame committee. “We are inducting four very deserving Champions, and it promises to be an entertaining and emotional evening.
“This year, we have decided to refresh and innovate with our selections and will be debuting the new category of Groom,” continued Samuel. “For anyone connected to the sport, there is a great awareness that the very foundation for the nurturing and caretaking of our equine partners begins with the groom. We are excited to honour Marion Atkinson as our first inductee in this category, and look forward to making many more such inductions in the years ahead. I warmly invite the entire horse community to join with us in November to celebrate Marion, Elizabeth Bordeaux, Hugh Graham, and of course, Glen Owen!”
The tenth annual Jump Canada Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Gala will be part of a black-tie gala and dinner, including live music and dancing, held in the elegant Governor’s Room at Toronto’s Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex at Exhibition Place.
The Jump Canada Hall of Fame Gala has quickly grown into an annual favourite and each edition has been a sell-out. Videos commemorating each inductee’s contributions to the sport are a highlight of the evening, and friends and associates present the distinct Hall of Fame awards, making for a very special evening recalling the sport’s greatest memories. Induction and acceptance speeches run the gamut from factual to humorous to poignant.
Tickets for the Jump Canada Hall of Fame Gala and Induction Ceremony are $200 per person and can be purchased individually or in tables of eight. To purchase tickets, please visit www.equestrian.ca/sport/jumping/hall-of-fame. PLEASE NOTE: Hall of Fame tickets will ONLY be sold on-line through an easy-to-use credit card system.
For more information, please contact Chrystal Labelle at tel: 613 287-1515 ext. 142 or email:CLabelle@equinecanada.ca.
The Jump Canada Hall of Fame committee is comprised of Mark Samuel (Chairman), Jennifer Anstey, Evie Frisque, Muffie Guthrie, Dalene Paine, Phil Rozon, Jennifer Ward, and Nancy Wetmore.
The Jump Canada Hall of Fame is a property of the Jumping Committee of Equestrian Canada. The Jumping Committee is responsible for the development and monitoring of all aspects of the hunter jumper industry in Canada, from the grass roots to the international level.
For more information regarding Canadian hunter and jumper programs, visit https://www.equestrian.ca/sport/jumping.