Email* Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Ottawa, Ontario—The Canadian equestrian community is saddened to announce the loss of a long-time member, mentor, official, volunteer and past-president, Alfred “Alf” Fletcher, 77, of Westbank, BC.A member of Equine Canada for many years, Alf was an Equine Canada (EC) Senior National and Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) steward. He was accredited as a FEI—X steward for the disciplines of Jumper and Dressage, and he was a Senior Steward for all Equine Canada disciplines.“Alf was one of those touching figures of Canadian equestrianism,” said Akaash Maharaj, CEO of Equine Canada. “He had a formative influence on generations of Canadian horseman and horsewomen, and on our national equestrian system itself. Neither our affection for him nor his legacy will ever fade.”In addition to his stewarding duties, Alf was also a very well respected judge. During his judging career, he was a Senior Judge for hunter, jumper and western disciplines, and he also judged hunt seat, saddle seat and stock seat equation. His versatility was evident as he also was a Recorded Judge for several breed sports.As a volunteer, Alf was a former president of Equine Canada. From 1997 to 2000, Alf also dedicated himself to the successful restructuring Equine Canada. He possessed a commitment and vision for a strong and viable equestrian industry in Canada when he assisted in the revamping of the national federation. In 2001, Alf was named as Equine Canada’s Volunteer of the Year.“The Community is rocked. He was a loved man,” said Alf’s friend, Jan Stephens, chair of the Equine Canada Stewards Committee. “As a mentor and a leader, Alf was a friend to everyone. He had the ability to encourage and teach with joy. What a legacy he has left behind.”At his family’s request, memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.A memorial service will be held for Alf on Wednesday July 8, 2009, at 2 p.m. at 433 Curlew Drive, Kelowna, BC.Alf is survived by his wife, Heather, and their two sons. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.