CQHA Scholarships


The Calgary Foundation is very pleased to announce the following scholarships have been awarded from the 2016 Shannon Burwash Memorial Fund. Qualified students from across Canada applied for the three available scholarships this past June.


Jenna Lambert was born and raised in Calgary, AB, and is entering her third year of study in the Veterinary Medicine Program at the University of Calgary. Jenna started riding at a young age, and her love and passion for horses has carried forward into a passion for veterinary medicine. Over the past four years, Jenna has worked on a research project alongside veterinarians from UCVM, with a focus on predicting disease severity and outcome in critically ill horses in Alberta. Being part of this study allowed her to work alongside numerous equine specialists and truly solidified her decision to become an equine veterinarian. Jenna has a strong interest in equine surgery, and upon completion of her DVM hopes to pursue the path of becoming an equine surgeon. In the future, Jenna plans to take the knowledge and skills she gains as a equine veterinarian abroad to help working equids in need.

In the past, Jenna has enjoyed the opportunity to become involved in her local horse community. One notable experience was spending one year as the Calgary Stampede Queen. She was able to participate in numerous community based charity and fund-raising events, and meet people from various horse communities. Jenna is actively involved in the UCVM Equine club, which hosts annual community events focused on horse health and educating members of the public, specifically 4-H and pony club. In addition to this, Jenna is also a team-lead on the equine committee for Vet-U-Can, an open house for UCVM which is hosted every two years.
Growing up riding Quarter Horses has left a particular soft spot for the breed. Currently, Jenna enjoys training her young Quarter Horse mare, Stella, during study breaks. In the past couple of years she began competing in the Extreme Cowboy Racing circuit, and hopes to continue this sport which promotes trust and partnership between horse and rider.
Brooklyn Collard is a 17-year-old honours student from Calgary, Alberta. She will be attending the University of Calgary Honours Zoology program in the fall. After her undergraduate degree, she plans to attend veterinary school working towards becoming an equine vet.
Brooklyn has been in 4-H for eight years, completing the horsemanship and English jumping projects. Her passion lies in jumping horses, and she has attended weekly jumping lessons, as well as Pony Club for eight years. Brooklyn has been training her 14-year-old smoky buckskin mare, Zorra, for the last seven years. She competes with Zorra in English, western, trail, gymkhana and jumping events. She is an active volunteer for both 4-H and Pony Club and in the community, including flood clean-up at the Millarville Racetrack, cleaning tack for the Therapeutic Riding Association, and baking for families in need through the Made by Mama\’s organization.

Alisa Brace was raised on a small farm east of Sundre, Alberta and spent much of her childhood either doing chores on a small beef operation or riding horses. Her first time on a horse was when she was three months old and even just as an infant she knew that her place in life was in the saddle. Alisa started small with just pleasure riding at home and around her property then branched out to competing in local Light Horse shows in both English and Western, and most recently she has begun to take part in the drill team for her hometown pro rodeo running sponsor flags between events.

As well as various horse activities Alisa was also an avid dancer at her dance club in Sundre where she danced for eleven years and got the opportunity to compete in various competitions as well as take leadership roles as both an assistant dance teacher in her younger years and a role model to the younger dancers in her last few years. She also played on both the Eagles and Scorpions basketball teams in middle and high school. Alisa is currently a student at Lakeland College and having completed her certificate as a Veterinary Medical Assistant she will be heading back in the fall to complete her diploma in Animal Health Technology. She looks forward to finishing school and starting her career in a clinic with a main focus on equine and bovine herd health and reproduction, as well as equine performance.

\”We were extremely impressed with all of the scholarship applicants this year,\” said Dr. Wayne Burwash. \”This is the second year that The Calgary Foundation has awarded the scholarships since Shannon\’s passing in 2013. We realized that there are differences in academic achievement, leadership and volunteer activities depending on the number of years a student has been involved in their studies. The changes we made in the qualification criteria have addressed these aspects and I am very pleased to say that the awards this year more clearly achieve the goals of the fund.\”

In 2016, there were two different categories of scholarships. One going to first or second year students (2 – $1,000 awards). Click here for the http://calgaryfoundation.org/grants-awards/student-awards/high-school-students The other goes to students advancing past their second year of studies ($2,000 award). Click here for the http://calgaryfoundation.org/grants-awards/student-awards/undergraduate-graduate-students

Shannon Burwash was a leader and a lover of the horse industry across Canada. The scholarships are awarded to deserving students who are focused on getting a post-secondary education, and being involved in the horse industry in their future.


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