Dressage Canada is pleased to announce the successful athletes selected as recipients of the Dressage Canada Bursary and Dressage Canada Youth Bursary Awards.
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.
Allegra Hohm, of Edmonton, AB, is a 23-year-old university student enrolled in the Masters of Science in Engineering program at the University of Alberta, she is currently riding at the FEI PSG and I1 level with her horse, Rowan, her 10-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding. In the spring of 2012, the pair competed for the first time at FEI Intermediaire I level scoring 70.0% in their first two tests, and later in the season competed in the CAADA CDI2* winning the FEI St. Georges with a final score of 66% and finishing second in the Intermediaire 1 Freestyle with a score over 68%. Hohm’s 2014 ambitions are to compete in the FEI Young Rider Grand Prix test and to make the Dressage Canada long-list, eventually competing for Canada internationally.
The following youth athletes were awarded the Dressage Canada Youth Bursaries in the amount of $2,500 each.
Brooklyn Mcdonald, of Olds, AB, is a 14-year-old Old high school student with aspirations of attending the University of Calgary’s Veterinary Medicine program with a focus in equine medicine. In grade nine she and a friend invented a natural product to treat thrush in horses’ hooves winning a Silver medal at the Canada Wide Science Fair in Charlottetown, PEI. She started riding at six years old and got her first pony, Calvin, a 14.2hh Welsh/Quarter horse gelding, when she was 12. Mcdonald’s equine goals for 2013 include competing at Second Level as well as in the FEI Pony classes. In 2014, Mcdonald hopes to compete in the FEI Junior classes and represent Alberta and Canada at the Young Rider level.
Bryelle Steffen, of Kingston, ON, is an 18-year-old high school student who hopes to attend university in either Kingston or Ottawa to study Psychology and Criminology. Steffen grew her love of horses through her mother and has been around them her entire life. She started as a Jumper but switched to Dressage at the early age of seven and has been training under the same coach for the past 10 years. Currently competing at the Gold and Silver level, by applying for the bursary, Steffen hopes to be able to attend larger shows in her area during the summer. Her future goals include getting her coaching levels so she can share her love of the sport through teaching other children to ride.