Interviews & Profiles

2012 Readers' Choice Award Winner - For almost 30 years now, Pippa Hodge has been an advocate for the benefits of horses and therapeutic riding for riders with mental and physical disabilities. Originally from England and now living in Langley, BC, Pippa is a paediatric physiotherapist specializing in Clinical Hippotherapy and a founding member of the American Hippotherapy Association, an organization dedicated to educating and promoting excellence in the field of Equine Assisted Therapy.

2012 Readers' Choice Award Winner - The word “Remarkable” nicely sums up Somebeachsomehwere, a whirlwind dynamo who took the Canadian harness racing world by storm in 2007 and 2008, and who now looks to pass on his talent to the next generation of Standardbreds. Trainer and part-owner, Brent MacGrath, of Truro, Nova Scotia, calls him simply “the horse of a lifetime.”

2012 Readers' Choice Award Winner - A legend in the Canadian horse world, Eve is best known for being a co-owner of the legendary show jumper Big Ben, a founding National Director of the Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association, and a gifted riding instructor. To this day she continues to teach lessons at St. Alban’s Stables, in Brockville, Ontario, and to promote the breeding of the Warmblood horse in Canada.

2012 Readers' Choice Award Winner, outstanding horsewoman, entrepreneur, and mother turned great-grandmother, Dianne Tidball takes on everything at a full gallop. Her love of horses was kindled in childhood, when, growing up in 1930’s Shanghai, she took to riding a polo pony. During the Second World War, her Polish mother and British father relocated the family to Canada.

2012 Readers' Choice Award Winner - Since 1953, when he first volunteered as a board member for a local Nova Scotia exhibition association, Bill desBarres has devoted himself to promoting equine welfare in Canada. He has served on committees, chaired associations, and volunteered countless hours, all in service of the horse. When once asked why he worked so tirelessly as an equine advocate, Bill responded, “My horses raised good kids, and now it is time to give back.”

2012 Readers' Choice Award Winner - Why does Hickstead deserve to be recognized as one of Canada’s 10 most remarkable horses and people? “Because,” as Henry Swierenga of Smithville, Ontario, succinctly put it, “he was Hickstead.” The legendary stallion became a Canadian icon in 2008 when, with rider Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, Ontario, he won the Individual Gold and Team Silver medals at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Meet Lauren Barwick, she's known as "The Centaur". Her sport is Equestrian and she is one of Canada's Paralympic Super Athletes.

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