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Decades of dedication marked His long and impressive resume shows Langley’s Dave Esworthy as a worthy inductee into the BC Sports Hall of Fame. horse show organizer, horse show chair, This love for horses blossomed when and industry advisor. Beginning as a young Esworthy was a boy. cowboy wrangling horses on a ranch to his His aunt and uncle, Myrtle and Alex Philip, current status as an Equine Canada and FEI built Rainbow Lodge, a summer fishing resort steward, judge, and clinician, Esworthy has on 10 acres of land on the northwest corner experienced the sport at all levels over a 50of Alta Lake, near Whistler, in 1914. It was a by Troy Landreville plus-year career. He served as president of place in which Esworthy grew very familiar. Horse Council BC, Equine Canada, and assist“As part of the resort, she [Myrtle] had ed in the preparations for horses,” Esworthy It’s only fitting that Dave Esworthy has equestrian events at the said. “As I grew up, called the place dubbed “The Horse Capital of 1976 and 1984 Olympic I rode them and then B.C.” his home since 1996. Games. ultimately looked Starting in the late 1960s, Esworthy has Esworthy served as after them and been “Mr. Equine” for this province’s equesa director with the became sort of the trian community, and he’s done it on a volun- Canadian Horse Council wrangler/trail guide. teer basis. from 1972 to ’77, and Then I worked for This, while juggling a family life and a very took on the role of presa couple of years… busy professional career in which he was ident of the Canadian in the Cariboo at sales manager and later president and CEO Equestrian Federation a ranch and then I of Hastings Brass Foundry Ltd. from 1972 to (now Equine Canada) decided there was no 1994. from 1977 to ’84 before future in that, so I The 83-year-old’s dedication and sacrifice chairing the organization came back to the city to the equine field will be recognized today, from 1984 to ’91. and got married and Sept. 20, when he is formally inducted into “Was it a full time we had our son.” the BC Sports Hall of Fame. job?” Esworth asked According to the BC Dave Esworthy has been around horses most of his life. The 2012 inductees – nine individuals rhetorically. “We had a Sports Hall of Fame, including Esworthy and one team – will offibrand-new organization, brand-new constitu“Esworthy’s biggest impact is in the countless cially join the Hall at the BC Sports Hall of tion, a vast network across the country that individuals he has mentored in B.C., Canada, Fame’s 44th Annual Banquet of Champions at was trying to get formed, and I was working and beyond, who themselves have gone on to the Vancouver Convention Centre. an eight hour [each day] job. My day started, become accomplished athletes, officials, and “It sort of grows on you,” at least four days out of five in administrators.” Esworthy said, of the honour. a week, with a phone call about Esworthy also became a familiar name to “When it came “When it came about, it was a 6:30 or 7 [in the morning] from those outside of the equestrian field when he about, it was a total surprise. I was very excited Ottawa, ‘How do you want to assumed the role of co-chair and then chair when I heard about it, probably handle this, what do you want of the board of the Langley 2010 Spirit of B.C. total surprise.” February before I knew what it to do about that?’” community committee, in the lead-up to the Dave Esworthy was all about. It was something He also chaired the PNE horse Vancouver/Whister 2010 Olympics. I haven’t even thought of. The show for a number of years, The 2008 H.D. Stafford Langley Good [BC] Sports Hall of Fame was the furthest and in 1968 became the B.C. vice president Citizen of the Year Award winner also from my mind. I didn’t go out and win medand zone chair of the National Equestrian worked in a number of roles with the Greater als in show jumping or anything like that.” Federation of Canada. That started his long Langley Chamber of Commerce, including That’s because most of Esworthy’s good involvement in the equestrian field, at the president from 2003-04 and past president in work was done behind the scenes. administrative level. 2004-05. He has served in virtually every role pos“I’ve been involved in horses and sport He was the director of the Justice Institute sible in his sport: as a rider, judge, steward, most of my life,” Esworthy said. of B.C. from 1997 to June, 2003.

Langley Advance September 20 2012

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