|Ottawa, Ont., April 8, 2015 — Dressage Canada is delighted to announce that Ali Buchanan of Langley, B.C. is the March 2015 recipient of the Dressage Canada Volunteer of the Month award.
Professionally, Buchanan has held the position of manager of competitions for Horse Council BC since 2010, but he is also well known as going above and beyond on a personal level as a whole-hearted supporter and promoter of dressage.
As just one example of Buchanan’s commitment and hard work toward the advancement of the dressage sport, he is currently preparing to manage the first-ever CDI3*-level competition in British Columbia, set to take place April 9-11 at Thunderbird Show Park in his hometown of Langley.
In addition to the upcoming CDI3*, Buchanan runs all dressage competitions held at the Thunderbird venue, including the successful Gateway Series, the popular Touch of Class competition, and the Pacific Regional Dressage Championships. He has also been the ever-enthusiastic chef d’équipe for B.C. teams attending the annual Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships (CIEC).
Buchanan’s long list of volunteer activities include being a past member of the Dressage Canada Board, past chair of the Dressage Youth High Performance Committee; and chef d’équipe for Canadian Dressage Team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He is also a Medium level dressage judge who gives freely of his time and expertise to smaller shows and clinics. In 2009, Horse Council BC recognized Ali as the Horse Industry Professional of the Year.
Dressage Canada thanks Buchanan for all he has done and continues to do for the sport of dressage.