|Ottawa, ON, Jan. 21, 2015 — Dressage Canada is pleased to announce the athletes selected as recipients of the Dressage Canada Bursary and Dressage Canada Youth Bursary Awards for 2015.
Supported by the Dressage Canada Levy Fund, the Bursary Program recognizes the difficulty athletes face as they strive to continue their dressage education. The Program was developed to encourage athletes to accomplish their goals in the sport of dressage.
The following athlete was awarded the Dressage Canada Bursary in the amount of $2,500.
Jenifer Parks, of Spruce Grove, Alta., is a 43-year-old full time coach and athlete. Parks started riding 36 years ago and has been involved in the sport of dressage for 28 of those years. Like many young riders in Canada, Parks started out in Pony Club, but quickly gravitated to the sport of dressage because of its technical nature, improvement of the horse and requirement for lifelong learning. Having trained two horses to the Grand Prix level, Parks is currently enjoying success with her younger mount. In 2014, the duo competed at third level at several gold competitions earning consistent scores between 68 and 74% while training fourth level and Prix St. Georges. Parks’ future goals include qualifying to represent Canada at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Bromont, Que.
Alyssa Gaudet, 15, of Memramcook, N.B., started riding at the age of five at a local stable. At the age of 10, she attended her first gold show, won the walk/trot class and has been hooked on dressage ever since. In 2013, Gaudet began showing in at the FEI Junior level with her new horse Palladio, a Dutch Warmblood gelding, and the pair represented Canada at the 2014 North American Junior Young Riders Championships (NAJYRC) in Lexington, KY. Gaudet’s future goals are to once again represent Canada at NAJYRC at the Young Rider level and pursue academic aspirations in education or animal sciences.
Courtney Palleson, 15, of Surrey, B.C., rode solo at the age of three and was in riding lessons at the age of five. Currently, Palleson is moving up the ranks on a PMU mare, Beauty, she rescued as a foal. The pair is training very hard in preparation for the 2015 season, schooling at second level. In 2014, Palleson was invited to represent Team British Columbia at the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships at Blainville, Que. Preparing to tackle all the requirements to earn her Instructor of Beginners certificate, Palleson also plans to have a career with animals in veterinary medicine.
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