Equestrian enthusiast Faith Berghuis has been honored with the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Equine Canada Awards Gala.
Berghuis, of Brockville, Ontario, comes from a long line of equestrian enthusiasts, and is the sixth generation owner of Franklands Farm in Brockville. An accomplished rider, she was one of Canada’s first to achieve “A” status in Pony Club.
As a long-time supporter of equestrian sport, Berghuis has displayed incredible generosity toward Canadian riders. In 1983 she was instrumental in creating Canadian Show Jumpers Unlimited Inc., a syndicate that was responsible for the acquisition of the legendary Big Ben for Ian Millar.
She went on to become a founding member of another syndicate, Horse Futures, which was created to help provide Millar with quality show jumping prospects. Over the years, this syndicate gave Millar the opportunity to develop numerous mounts for international-level competition, including Future Shock, Future Vision, El Futuro, and Future Folly.
In addition, Berguis is a founding member of the The Dressage Collection Inc., which provided Canadian dressage rider Gina Smith with Faust, an international-caliber mount, and her partner for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Berghuis has also been instrumental in helping Smith develop a thriving teaching and training business. In 1990, she opened the doors of Franklands Farm to Smith, who continues to operate Franklands Equine Services from the farm today.
Outside of being an owner or major stakeholder in various syndicates herself, Berghuis has also generously shared her vast knowledge and experience with the Dressage Canada Fundraising Committee, providing valuable guidance on the formation of syndicates and the ownership of international-level horses.
“It is a great honour to receive The Lifetime Achievement Award, but I only accept it on behalf of the many people who have helped me along the way,” said Berghuis. “From the early days of Pony Club, friends have shared the love of the horse and the passion for excellence in our sport.”
Berghuis is a past recipient of both the Jump Canada Owner of the Year and Dressage Canada Owner of the Year awards. Equine Canada is thrilled to add the Lifetime Achievement Award to her list of accolades.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is given annually to an individual who has made exceptional contributions to the Canadian equestrian community and provided dedicated and long-time service toward the ongoing development and growth of equestrian sport and industry within Canada. Past recipients include Ron and Marg Southern, Paul Popiel, and Jack Pemberton.