Riding coaches sit tall in the saddle

Three area residents were among a group honoured by Equine Canada at its recent and first certified coaches awards presentations. The recognitions were made during the organization’s annual Awards Gala held Feb. 3 in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Burlington’s Pat Bullock, who is a fulltime instructor with The Equine Association for the Disabled in Mount Hope, was honoured for her work as an instructor/ Coach Therapeutic.

Regina Schmitter, who operates an equestrian centre in north Burlington, received recognition from the national body as a coach at Level 1 English.

For her Coach 1 efforts with para-equestrians, Milton’s Lynn Marshall was honoured.

The Equine Canada/National Coaching Certification Program Coach Awards were for the coach or instructor who exemplifies the National Coaching Certification Program through coaching/teaching skills, concern for safety and equine welfare, business practice and support of the national rider and coaching programs. Over 50 nominations came in from all over the country from youth, adult amateurs, peers, employers and barn staff telling Equine Canada why each coach was doing a great job and deserved to be awarded.