Dressage Canada (DC) is pleased to name Allison Waller of Courtenay, BC the DC Volunteer of the Month for October.
Waller was nominated by Mary Brogue of Comox, BC, who described Waller as having a tremendous influence on the Upper Vancouver Island dressage community.
As an instructor, Waller has taught not only horseback riding skills and horsemanship, but respect and responsibility for horses and others, including how to be an asset in the community. She is an accomplished and eloquent instructor with the ability to recognize and adapt her teaching style to each individual student and each horse’s learning process. Waller is also well-known as a humble individual who recognizes the importance of her previous and continuing education with dressage instructors and masters both in Canada and across the pond in Europe.
In addition to coaching, Waller volunteers her time in support of local clinics and shows, and does an exemplary job, emphasizing safety and care for the animals. Teaching by example and promoting teamwork, Waller encourages her students to volunteer as well.
Waller is also passionate about supporting the local island horse shows. She encourages all of her students to enter the show ring, and UpperVancouver Island has seen a recent growth of dressage, especially amongst junior competitors, thanks to her influence.
From introducing small children to the joys of horses to coaching upper level riders in the art of dressage, both western and English styles, Waller has touched the lives of many. Dressage Canada is pleased to recognize Waller’s altruistic efforts in support of dressage in Canada by awarding her the DC Volunteer of the Month Award for October.