Annual Awards trophies and cooler sheets

Stride With Us Focuses on the Power of Connection


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Alberta's vibrant equestrian community will come together on Stride With Us 2024March 23, 2024, for the highly anticipated Stride With UsStride With Us gala and awards banquet. Hosted at the prestigious Sheraton Cavalier Calgary Hotel, this annual event promises an evening of celebration, recognition, and inspiration.

Room full of people enjoying the evening, with focus on lady in flat-brim western style hat
Guests and award winners enjoying the entertainment and presentations at the 2023 Stride With Us event held in Calgary, Alta.

Stride With Us serves as a platform to honour outstanding individuals and entities who have made significant contributions to Alberta's equine landscape. From remarkable horses to dedicated volunteers, the gala acknowledges excellence in various categories, showcasing the diverse talent within the community.

The winners of the Celebrating 2023 Annual Award Winners in Alberta's Horse Industry2023 Annual Provincial Awards who will be acknowledged at the event are:

  • Outstanding Stable/Facility: Milestone Farms
  • Outstanding Horse: Sweetheart, owned by Joyce Enders
  • Outstanding Instructor/Coach: Gabriele Klotz
  • Outstanding Equine Support Personnel: Mollie Ferris
  • Outstanding Volunteer: Daphnine Di Lillo
  • Outstanding Athlete/Rider: Daniel Klotz-Dedora
  • Sportsmanship Excellence: Dolly Lehne
  • Above & Beyond Excellence: Christine Collins

Highlighting the evening's program is a keynote address by Tyler Smith, former Humboldt Bronco and survivor of the tragic 2018 bus crash. Tyler's journey from adversity to triumph exemplifies resilience and embodies the spirit of overcoming challenges. As a renowned public speaker, podcast host, and mental health advocate, Tyler will share insights and inspire attendees with his remarkable story.

Event guests will have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction supporting Alberta's Equine Emergency Disaster Fund. Established to aid in times of crisis, the fund provides essential support for expenses related to natural disasters or emergencies affecting the equine community, ensuring the well-being of horses and their caregivers during challenging times.

"We are thrilled to host another Stride With Us, celebrating the achievements and resilience of Alberta's equestrian community," said Sonia Dantu, Executive Director of the Alberta Equestrian Federation. "This event not only recognizes excellence, but also fosters the important connections and advocates for mental health awareness within our community and equestrian sport. We invite everyone to join us for an unforgettable evening of inspiration and camaraderie."

For ticket reservations and further information about Stride With Us, please purchase tickets here or contact the event coordinator.

Media Contact:

Kenda Lubeck
Communications and Engagement Manager
Alberta Equestrian Federation

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