White, shown competing with Arriscraft Rocca at the 2003 Spruce
Meadows Masters tournament, was named the 2003 Equine Canada
Athlete of the Year.
Photo credit Cealy Tetley
White Named 2003 Equine Canada Athlete of the Year
Cambridge, Ontario Show jumping athlete Keean White
has been named the recipient of the Dr. George Jacobsen Trophy
as the 2003 Equine Canada Athlete of the Year.
20-year-old athlete from Cambridge, ON, will be honoured on
Saturday, February 7, during the Equine Canada Awards Banquet
held as part of its Annual Convention in Richmond, BC. As
White is currently competing at the Winter Equestrian Festival
in Wellington, FL, his father, Randy White, will accept the
award on his behalf.
is an honour to even be considered for this award, noted
White, who operates Angelstone Farms in Cambridge, ON. In
a year where so many Canadian riders enjoyed remarkable accomplishments,
I feel privileged to have been selected.
Established in 1995 to honour the man who served as President
of the Canadian Equestrian Federation, now known as Equine
Canada, for 25 years, the Dr. George Jacobsen Trophy is awarded
to an individual who has demonstrated superior sportsmanship,
dedication and the pursuit of excellence in equestrian competition.
earned the Equine Canada Equestrian of the Year title based
on his outstanding results throughout the 2003 season. In
August, he won the Individual Silver Medal and led Ontario
to a Team Gold Medal at the North American Young Riders
Championship in Bromont, QC. Less than one month later, White
made his international debut as a member of the Canadian Show
Jumping Team competing in the Nations Cup competition
at the CSIO Spruce Meadows Masters tournament in Calgary,
AB. In addition, White was the traveling alternate for the
Canadian Show Jumping Team at the Pan American Games in Santo
Domingo, Dominican Republic.