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Equestrian Canada: In Memoriam - Diana Louise Dillingham (1954–2017)

Ottawa, ON, April 28, 2017 – Equestrian Canada (EC) extends deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the late Diana Louise Dillingham, who passed away unexpectedly on April 23 at the age of 62. 

A passionate horsewoman, Dillingham was a fixture on the Canadian equestrian scene. From her early start as a competitor in jumping and eventing, through her transition to a highly respected and sought-after dressage steward, she proved a dedicated advocate for all aspects of the sport. 

“Diana leaves behind a far-reaching legacy, not only in equestrian sport, but also as a pillar in the horse community,” said EC Manager of Dressage, Christine Peters. “She was known for her enthusiasm and dedication for educating and encouraging competitors in any way she could through her role as an EC official. Her spirit and contributions will surely be missed.” 

Actively devoted to her work as an FEI Level 1 and EC Senior Dressage Steward, Dillingham had a rich history of overseeing some of the top competitions in Canada, and on the international stage. One of her biggest career highlights was taking on the role of FEI Steward at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, ON. 

A loving and beloved aunt, sister, cousin and friend, she will be remembered in the hearts of all who knew her. 

Dillingham is survived by her brother Charles of Mississauga, ON, and her sister Leslie ‘Desi’ of London, ENG. She was predeceased by her sister Shirley of Hudson, QC, and her parents Franklin and Pamela (née Kemp). 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to any animal-focused charity.

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