Doug Henry was inducted into the Jump Canada Hall of Fame in a special ceremony, presented by BMO Financial Group, held Saturday evening, November 2, at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, ON.
Inducted in the category of Builder (Individual), Henry was recognized for his outstanding achievements in support of the Canadian hunter/jumper industry. Henry became the 45th inductee into the Jump Canada Hall of Fame, created to celebrate the heroes of hunter/jumper sport as well as to inspire current and future competitors. In total, 20 humans, 17 horses and ponies, five organizations, and three teams have been recognized since the Jump Canada Hall of Fame’s inception in 2006.
Henry has been a staple of the Canadian equestrian community for years, devoting himself to hunter/jumper sport not only as a top rider and former member of the Canadian Equestrian Team, but also as a valued sponsor and innovator. Through his popular Henry Equestrian Plan, also known as HEP, Henry has supported the equine community by providing leading insurance products specifically crafted to meet the varied and often complex needs of horse and farm owners. The aim was to help take care of the horse community and, 34 years later, that ideal is still going strong.
His career has also given Henry the perfect platform to give back as a well-known competition sponsor. HEP has been a regular supporter at some of Canada’s largest show jumping tournaments, including the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, giving equal billing to grand prix and lower level competition alike.
The special induction ceremony for Henry, presented by BMO Financial Group, was held on Saturday evening, November 2. Following a reception for family, friends and supporters in the Royal Ballroom, the Jump Canada Hall of Fame induction was held during the final phase of the Canadian Show Jumping Championships in the Ricoh Coliseum. Jim Elder, 1968 Olympic team gold medalist and past inductee into the Jump Canada Hall of Fame, made the presentation. As Henry was not able to attend, family members Jim Henry, Kaitlin Henry Armstrong, and Nancy Armstrong accepted the award on his behalf.
In addition to this special induction ceremony, signs recognizing Henry as well as a select number of past Jump Canada Hall of Fame inductees are on prominent display in the Ricoh Coliseum throughout the course of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.
The Jump Canada Hall of Fame committee is comprised of Mark Samuel (Chairman), Jennifer Anstey, Evie Frisque, Muffie Guthrie, Dalene Paine, Jennifer Ward and Nancy Wetmore.
Jump Canada is the committee of Equine Canada responsible for all hunter, equitation and jumper activities in Canada from the grass roots to the international level. Jump Canada is governed by a board, the majority of whose members are elected by the stakeholders in the sport. For more information regarding Jump Canada programs and activities, visit http://www.equinecanada.ca/jumpcanada/.