The Brosda Olympic Bursary is offered in memory of the late Élisabeth Brosda of Gatineau, QC, and designed to help NextGen dressage athletes reach their full potential and develop the skill and determination to represent Canada at the 2020 and/or 2024 Olympic Games.

A passionate young equestrian and an accomplished dressage athlete, Élisabeth was tragically killed in a car collision in September 2016. Élisabeth’s goal was to reach the Grand Prix level and represent Canada at the 2024 Olympic Games. As a lasting legacy in memory of Élisabeth Brosda, funds donated to the Élisabeth Brosda Memorial Fund are directed specifically to the annual Brosda Olympic Bursary.

About the Brosda Olympic Bursary

The Brosda Olympic Bursary will provide up to $10,000 annually toward financial support for international competition, sport science, training, equipment and sport education. Applications for consideration must be received on or before January 1 annually, making Jan. 1, 2018 the inaugural deadline.

Successful candidates will embody Élisabeth’s dream and goal of representing the Canadian Dressage Team at the Olympic Games, and will become ambassadors for the Bursary. They will promote the Olympic values of excellence, teamwork, leadership and fair play. This will include public speaking engagements, appearances, and sharing stories about their experience in the sport publically and through social media.

Applications for consideration must be received on or before January 1 annually, and submitted through the online portal at

Applications must include the following details:

  • Report on daily training environment (DTE), describing access to appropriate training facilities, support and competitions;
  • International performance results for the past 12 months, including current FEI World Ranking;
  • Yearly training and competition plans showing proper progression to the Olympic Games;
  • Details on certification status of personal coach;
  • Details on current Integrated Support Team (IST) personnel (i.e. massage therapist, sport psychologist, physiotherapist, veterinarian, farrier, etc.) and the integration within the EC National Team Program (NTP);
  • Annual fitness assessment results;
  • Rationale on ability to meet and exceed benchmarks assigned by EC;
  • Financial needs assessment (to include yearly training and competition plan budgets);
  • Personality Profile highlighting the following experiences:
    Engaging and supporting youth development
    Public speaking
    Leadership/Mentorship skills
  • Three (3) reference letters of support – two must be from EC Sport Licence Holders. The third reference letter may be from a member of the community (i.e. university professor, personal trainer, sponsor, charity, etc.);
  • A detailed report on how the Bursary funds would be used to support development, progression and selection to the Olympic team.

On behalf of the Brosda family, EC is honoured to facilitate support for the Élisabeth Brosda Memorial Fund through the Horsepower Foundation – a fundraising program created by EC, in partnership with the Canadian Olympic Foundation, to inspire and support Canadians to embrace lifelong participation in equestrian activities.

Donations to the Élisabeth Brosda Memorial Fund can be made online at or by cheque. Please make cheques out to the Canadian Olympic Foundation and include Élisabeth Brosda Memorial Fund in the memo area of the cheque. Cheques can be mailed to: Canadian Olympic Foundation, 21 St. Clair Ave. E., Suite 900, Toronto, ON Canada, M4T 1L9.