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Stuart Stocks Memorial Equine Award Winner Catherine ChouinardDecember 2017

Story: Jackie Bellamy-Zions

Catherine_Chouinard with her two Standardbred horses:  Crusader Dream and Ain’t no Hearsay“I would like to thank the amazing people at Equine Guelph and the Stocks family,” says Standardbred groom of ten years, Catherine Chouinard. “The Stuart Stocks memorial award will give me the opportunity to learn more about the field and animals that I love. I will be able to use the information and techniques I learn in class to become a more knowledgeable horse owner, who can care for and develop amazing equine athletes. Thank you so much to everyone that helped make this possible.”

The Stuart Stocks Memorial Equine Award has been created by the Stocks family in memory of their beloved brother, son and uncle, Mr. Stuart Stocks. Stuart Stocks was born in Sheffield England in 1957. He struggled throughout his life with a multitude of medical issues, but had a dry sense of humour, zest for life and love for horses.

Through demonstrating her love and dedication to race horses, Catherine has received the Stocks’ award for 2017, receiving two online courses through Equine Guelph valued at $549 each (Certificates are available in Equine Science, Equine Welfare and Equine Business).

With aspirations to open her own rehabilitation facility for racehorses, Catherine is eyeing up two courses that will help her plan ahead with the business end: Marketing and Communications and Equine Business Risk Management. “It is a tough choice as I want to take all the offerings,” says Chouinard.

Grooms in the racing industry with a valid Groom licence for horse racing in Ontario may apply year round for the Stuart Stocks Memorial Equine Award, an excellent opportunity to further their knowledge and advance their skills in the equine industry. Next year’s winner will be announced before the end of 2018.

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