Toronto CADORA selects Karin Davis as recipient of the 2009 Toni Thompson "Spirit of Dressage" Award

Aurora, Ontario — November 14, 2009: Toronto CADORA is pleased to announce that Grand Prix dressage rider, coach and trainer, Karin Davis, formerly of Australia but now living and working in Manchester, ON, is the recipient of the 2009 Toni Thompson “Spirit of Dressage” Award.

This award is given to someone who has demonstrated “dedication, performance and merit and devotes positive energy to the betterment of the sport of dressage ...” and was named after Toronto CADORA member and Past President, Toni Thompson, who worked tirelessly in a volunteer capacity on behalf of dressage for most of her adult life. This year three people were nominated.

Fellow club member, Hilary Balmer noted in her nomination of Karin:

“Each and every day, Karin is out there, doing and giving of her expertise, generosity and talents — coaching far and wide. I believe that it would be quite safe to say that there is not one area of dressage in which Karin is not involved. She strongly supports CADORA.”

In the nomination it is also noted that Karin has been generous in her donation of time and resources toward the Para-lympic effort, including donating her Grand Prix dressage horse, Mighty Heights, on occasion to the cause when they were in Australia.

Hilary goes on to say: “Whenever Karin is asked to give a demonstration, she enthusiastically and generously agrees to do so no matter how large or small the event may be. What has also impressed me is that she is always willing and NEVER asks to receive any compensation for doing so. Karin continues to contribute in this way because such demonstrations and events make dressage visible and exciting.”

Karin will receive the award and $300 bursary at Toronto CADORA’s 40th Anniversary Gala Reunion on November 21, 2009, taking place at Le Parc, 8432 Leslie Street, Thornhill. Tickets are $95 and include dinner, dancing and awards presentations. As well, a silent auction to raise funds for the club’s grassroots and youth development education programs as well as the Long Run Thoroughbred Horse Retirement Society is part of the celebration.

“We are very pleased to be able to give Karin this special award,” notes Dorothy McDonall, Club President. “People who are willing to give of their time, talents and expertise with no expected pay back except the satisfaction of making a difference are a special breed and deserve to be acknowledged. As a volunteer-run organization, we have a particular understanding of this.”

Of her nomination and selection Karin had this to say: “Thank you, thank you, thank you … I feel very honoured!”

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Toronto CADORA is a non-profit dressage group dedicated to promoting sound and horse-friendly practices and the benefits of the classical riding system to all equestrian disciplines through fun and informative educational forums, including clinics, seminars, workshops, demonstrations and social activities.

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