Toronto, Ontario – Four new inductees were 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 following four inductees were welcomed into the Jump Canada Hall of Fame, held as part of a sold-out black-tie celebration:
Groom – Marion Atkinson
Builder (Individual) – Elizabeth Bordeaux
Rider – Hugh Graham
Equitation Horse – Glen Owen
“It was another wonderful evening of music, memories and friendship,” said Mark Samuel, Chairman of the Jump Canada Hall of Fame committee. “The feeling of community in the room was very special. Many thanks to my committee for their tireless creativity and to our sponsors, led by presenting sponsor BMO Financial Group, for their faith and support.”
This year, the Hall of Fame debuted 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. Also new was the creation of the Equitation Horse category, which honoured the accomplishments of Glen Owen, a horse that carried many riders to success including Canada’s own Laura Tidball Balisky in the 1980 ASPCA Maclay Medal Final at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.
Marion Atkinson (left) was the first inductee into the new category of Groom at the Jump Canada Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Gala, and received her award from Canadian Olympian Beth Underhill. Photo by Michelle C. Dunn
Two-time Canadian Olympian Tiffany Foster (left) presented Laura Tidball Balisky with the Jump Canada Hall of Fame award for Glen Owen, inducted into the category of Equitation Horse.
Photo by Michelle C. Dunn
Elizabeth Bordeaux was inducted into the category of Builder (Individual) in recognition of her countless hours of dedicated volunteer service with the national sport federation, not the least of which was acting as the Chair of the Jump Canada Board for six years.
Elizabeth Bordeaux was inducted into the category of Builder at the Jump Canada Hall of Fame Gala, presented by BMO Financial Group, held November 6 in Toronto, ON. She receives her award from John ‘JT’ Taylor, Past Chair of the Jump Canada Board. Photo by Michelle C. Dunn
A veteran of Olympic, World Equestrian, and Pan American Games competition, Hugh Graham was inducted in the category of Rider, and enjoyed recounting his long and storied career with the audience, which included many of his long-time friends and connections.
Inducted into the category of Rider, Hugh Graham (right) receives his Jump Canada Hall of Fame award from Seymour and Gloria Epstein of KingRidge Stables.
Photo by Michelle C. Dunn
The Jump Canada Hall of Fame was created in 2006 to recognize outstanding contributions to hunter/jumper sport. To date, 57 champions have been welcomed into the Hall of Fame, including 20 horses and ponies, 27 humans, six organizations, and four teams.
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.