Press Release  – 18 February 2016

The Headwaters Equine Leadership Group Celebrates Excellence in the Equine Industry
The Headwaters Equine Leadership Group will be celebrating excellence in the equine industry at our Headwaters Horse Country Excellence awards gala on Wednesday, May 11th at the Best Western Plus Orangeville Inn & Suites.
The evening honours four equine industry leaders who exemplify excellence and who, through their work and vision, have helped the Headwaters region become a centre of equine excellence in the Province of Ontario.
We are honoured to recognize the following Headwaters industry leaders and look forward to celebrating their commitment to the equine industry on May 11th:
LEADERSHIP IN INDUSTRY BUILDING Sponsored by Dutch Masters
The Leadership in Industry Building award will be presented to Charles Armstrong in recognition of his significant contributions demonstrating outstanding leadership, dedication and life-long service aiming to grow the equine industry in Headwaters and beyond.
When asked about the award, Gary van Bolderen, founder of Dutch Masters said, “Charlie is so deserving of this award. He is a pioneer and mentor across numerous equestrian communities.”
LEADERSHIP IN PROMOTING THE EQUINE SPORT
The Leadership in Promoting the Equine Sport award will be presented to Susan Grange in recognition of her long-term service and dedication to the ongoing growth and development of the equine sport and industry in Headwaters.
“Sue’s outstanding visionary achievements and sustained contributions have made a profound impact on the equine industry,” said HELG Chair, Ross Millar.
LEADERSHIP FOR THE FUTURE Sponsored by Linda Pabst & Gryphon Farm
The Leadership for the Future award will be presented to Beth Underhill in recognition of her passion for the equine industry and her commitment to developing meaningful partnerships between youth and the industry.
“Beth is a Canadian show jumping icon who is committed to mentoring and developing the next generation of equestrians,” said HELG Chair, Ross Millar.
LEADERSHIP IN EQUINE BUSINESS Sponsored by Seneca College Veterinary Technician Program
The Leadership in Equine Business award will be presented to Ross Millar in recognition of his commitment to and impact on the growth and development of the equine industry in Headwaters.
“Ross exemplifies leadership in the equine industry in Headwaters. He is a champion for the equine sector and a driving force behind Headwaters Horse Country,” said founder of Dutch Masters and HELG Award Committee Chair, Gary van Bolderen.
Congratulations to all our award winners. We look forward to welcoming visitors, residents and our equine industry stakeholders to our Headwaters Horse Country Excellence awards gala on Wednesday, May 11th at 6:00 pm at the Best Western Plus Orangeville Inn & Suites, where we will celebrate the best of Headwaters Horse Country.
During the Headwaters Horse Country Excellence awards celebration guests will enjoy an intimate evening of local food & drink, specially prepared by the award-winning culinary team at Gourmandissimo.
Tickets for the Headwaters Horse Country Excellence awards gala are $175 each (tax inclusive) and are available online at HeadwatersHorsecountry.ca/horsecountryexcellenceawards/. Tickets are limited.
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Headwaters Horse Country is a collaborative initiative in support of the equine sector in the Headwaters, including the Town of Caledon, County of Dufferin, Town of Erin and King Township. Headwaters Horse Country is an initiative of the Headwaters Equine Leadership Group.  HELG is a committee of Headwaters Tourism and supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
The Headwaters Equine Leadership Group steering committee includes:
Ross Millar (Chair), James Boyd, Elaine Capes, Sandra Dolson, Michele Harris, Linda Pabst, Jamie Smyth & Gary van Bolderen
For further information, photographs or interviews please contact:
Vicki Sword
Project Manager, Headwaters Horse Country
Headwaters Tourism
519.942.0314 ext. 204
vicki@headwaters.ca
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