The Canadian reining community continues to remember the loss of a gifted young rider. In memory of a very special young lady, the Canadian Reining Committee is establishing the Kaylynn Malmberg Young/Junior Riders Reining Award. The award will be presented to a young member of the reining community that most exemplifies Kaylynn’s love of horses, determination, courage and inspiration.
Nominee submissions will be requested each year and the award will be presented to the person who has shown courage and determination to overcome the most difficult of obstacles and distress to accomplish their horse related dream; has unselfishly provided support by helping wherever required, cheering and encouraging for that something extra; inspires by example — even at the most difficult time exhibiting a positive attitude, putting that extra effort into the activity; and goes above and beyond what is required for self or others regardless of any personal situation.
Kaylynn Malmberg was a strong young lady who in 2010 left an Alberta hospital after chemotherapy following brain surgery and flew to Lexington, Kentucky to compete with her team in the North American Junior and Young Riders Championships in Reining. During the week long competition she became a celebrity, not only because she was a member of the gold medal winning Alberta team, but also because of the person she was.
\”There is no greater tragedy in life as that of a young person taken far before her time,” said Gary Yaghdjian, chair of the Canadian Reining Committee. “With that in mind we are able to honour Kaylynn Malmberg\’s courage, determination, and her ability to overcome adversity by offering the Kaylynn Malmberg Young/Junior Riders Reining Award.\”
Watch for more details on the Kaylynn Malmberg Young/Junior Riders Reining Award in the next few weeks.