Equestrian Canada has awarded Audrey Kokesch of Rocky Mountain House, the April 2017 Dressage Volunteer of the Month.
Kokesch has been heavily involved with the Alberta Dressage Association (ADA) for over 40 years. Currently, she volunteers her time to the ADA as a director at large, secretary, and casino manager. In addition, she manages the collation of their annual awards program.
Kokesch says dressage has been a passion of hers for a long time and it's humbling to be recognized like this throughout Canada.
"I know that there is many people who devote a lot of their time to basic activities even throughout all of Canada and just to be recognized and be one of them is humbling, it really is."
The Alberta Dressage Association is a provincial organization whose purpose is to promote dressage in Alberta and has been in existence since 1978.
A number of things have kept her motivated to keep up with the volunteering with the organization. One is being able to see young people who have done lots with their equestrian activities through 4-H and the Pony Clubs.
"Usually the youth go on to do jumping and three day eventing and as they solidify a lot of their talents and see how much further they can go with just their basic riding and dressage, so just seeing them excel at the local level and then go onto provincial and then onto a national level then go on to be trainers, it's so rewarding to see that happen."
More recently, Kokesch has been able to sit beside many national judges and scribe for them at many high level CDI shows.
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