An Edmonton woman’s exceptional compassion for horses at the grassroots level has earned her a national stewardship award. Lynda Tennessen, the herd and lessons manager for the Whitemud Equine Learning Centre Association, has won Equine Canada’s inaugural Horse Health and Welfare Stewardship Award. In the nearly 20 years she’s worked at WELCA, Tennessen has devoted herself to the physical and emotional well-being of the centre’s horses. That commitment has extended the animals’ useful, healthy working life as lesson horses well into their 30s, providing the income required to care for them once they retire. The life expectancy of a horse is about 25 years, though many horses at WELCA are significantly older.