David Esworthy was honoured in a way accorded to only a special few at a Township meeting: a standing ovation.
Esworthy was lauded by council and an almost-full public gallery on Jan. 23 in recognition for his induction into the B.C Sports Hall of Fame.
The accolade recognizes the 83-year-old as a builder of equestrian sports in the province.
The 2012 class of inductees will be inducted on Sept. 20. The final list was chosen by a selection committee comprised of members of the BC Sports Hall of Fame board of trustees, the media and the sport community.
The committee sifted through a list of more than 120 nominees.
Esworthy has served as a rider, judge, steward, horse show organizer, horse show chair and industry advisor.
“The award was a complete surprise and farthest from my thoughts,” he told council and the audience.
“I’m still quite a bit overwhelmed by it.”
The eight councillors left their desks to follow Esworthy to the podium and shake Esworthy’s hand.