Cara Whitham Receives 2016 Equestrian Canada Lifetime Achievement Award0
Cara Whitham is the recipient of the 2016 Lifetime Achievement award, which was handed out at the Equestrian Canada Awards Reception during their annual convention in Vancouver, Canada, on 8 April 2017.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual whose contributions to the Canadian equestrian community are considered exceptional by their peers and whose long-term service and dedication have contributed directly to the ongoing growth and development of Canadian equestrian sport and industry.
Whitham is a very accomplished horsewomen. Some of her various achievements include:
- Being named a short and long-listed rider for the Canadian Dressage Team numerous times
- Earning Canadian Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle Championship titles
- Being appointed Chef d’Equipe for Canada’s Dressage team during a four-year European tour leading into the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
- Lending input into a high performance plan that produced Canada’s only Olympic Team Medal in Dressage to date at the 1988 Seoul Olympics
- Holding a record as the FEI’s only official with FEI 5* judging credentials for both Dressage and Eventing
- Receiving FEI Dressage Technical Delegate status
- Being appointed to the Dressage Ground Jury for the 2003 and 2011 Pan American Games, 2005 European Dressage Championships and the 2010 World Equestrian Games
- Being appointed to the Eventing Ground Jury for the 1998 and 2002 World Equestrian Games, as well as the 2004 Athens Olympics
- Being hired as a television commentator for the 2007 World Equestrian Games, and 2004, 2008, and 2012 Olympic Games
- Being appointed as the Chef d’Equipe for the Costa Rican Gold Medal Team at the 2013 Central American Games in Costa Rica.
She also founded Equivents Inc., which organizes CDI-Ws/CDI3* dressage events yearly.
Here our interview with Cara Whitham here: