Daphne Richard, chair of Endurance Canada, presents the Endurance Canada Hall Of Fame Award to Nancy Beacon at the Equine Canada Annual Awards Gala on February 9.
Beacon of Flesherton, Ontario, has contributed significantly to the development of the endurance sport, in both Ontario and Canada. Over the years she has spent considerable time mentoring up-and-coming riders, including allowing them to compete on her veteran horses to get started in the sport. Many of today's top riders owe their start in the sport to Beacon.
She was founding member of Canadian Long Distance Riders Association, has been a Lay Judge at many rides over the years, worked as a course designer for many rides, been the Trail Master for several Federation Equestre International (FEI) rides held in Ontario, and hosted the first Canadian FEI Endurance competition in 1989 in Ontario.
Beacon has also competed in many FEI rides during her career, including representing Canada the world championships at The Hague in the Netherlands. Three of Beacon's horses are in the Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association Stall of Fame, which recognizes outstanding lifetime achievement in the sport of long distance riding.
Beacon says that her greatest inspiration was her mother, who was a great endurance rider and event organizer. Beacon's mother completed the Vermont 100 mile race in 1934. The endurance community in Canada knows that Beacon inherited her mother's genes and dedication to the sport.
The Hall of Fame Award is to be presented to a member of the Canadian Endurance community in recognition of long-term commitment, long-term active involvement, and outstanding contributions to, or participation in, Endurance Canada or in the sport of endurance riding in Canada.