Paul Popiel Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Montreal, QC, Canada
Paul Popiel was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Equine Canada Annual Awards Gala in Montreal, Quebec.
Popiel, of Carleton Place, ON, first immigrated to Canada in 1949. He started eventing in 1965 and soon was riding at the highest level of the sport on horses he started and trained himself. Popiel was named to the Canadian Eventing National Team 1976 and again in 1984 as a result of his competitive accomplishments.
He is also an EC "R" cross-country course designer and a retired Federation Equestre International course designer. Recognized as an innovative course designer and builder, Popiel has been known to create great courses out of almost nothing. His courses include the 1987 Pan American Three-Day Eventing course in Indianapolis, IN, the 1989-90 Circle K International Horse Trials at Trojan Horse Ranch in Phoenix, AZ, and the 1993 North American Young Riders' Championships at Temple Farms in Wadsworth, IL, just to name a few.
"I would like to thank the sport of eventing, which is the best sport in the world," said Popiel, who received a standing ovation from all the gala attendees. "I would also like to thank Equine Canada, all the talented and patient horses I was privileged to ride, and all my friends, family and supporters who are here tonight."
The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual who contributions to the Canadian equestrian community are considered exceptional by their peers and whose lifetime of service and dedication has contributed directly to the ongoing growth and development of the Canadian equine industry. It is a prestigious award, reserved for individuals of the highest exception. It is only awarded when warranted and is not necessarily awarded every year.
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