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Dressage Horse

ABOUT US

A grassroots non-profit organization, dedicated to fostering dressage in BC by encouraging rider participation, collaborating with the community, providing grants and awards, and securing funding for growth.

Dressage BC is a non-profit organization, relying on the passion and commitment of volunteers, with a core mission to nurture and advance the art of dressage in British Columbia. Guided by a vision to stimulate rider participation and educational growth within the discipline, Dressage BC actively collaborates with riders, organizations, educational events, competition organizers, and Horse Council BC to champion dressage. The organization also extends its support through grants and awards, fostering the continuous education and training of dressage enthusiasts. To further its objectives, Dressage BC raises funds through donations, membership dues, and grants, ensuring the sustained growth and promotion of this elegant equestrian discipline across the province.

We, the volunteer Board of Directors elected by the membership of Dressage BC, guide the organization's development and activities without paid staff, conducting day-to-day business, with all Board members being Dressage BC members. We hold director elections annually at the AGM with year-to-year terms, and we are readily accessible for any inquiries.

TEAM

Christina Boddy
President
Cat Armitage
Director At Large & HCBC Rep
Diana Sleigh
Director at Large
Alison Martin
Vice President
Kim Warwick
Director at Large
Keri Rodgers
Director at Large
Judy Turner
Treasurer
Shelley Lawder
Director at Large
Taryn Myddleton
Director at Large
Saddles
FAQS

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • How do I contact Dressage BC?
    If you have any questions or need assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to Dressage BC. You can easily contact us by sending an email to dressagebc@gmail.com. We're here to provide you with the information and support you need, whether it's regarding dressage events, membership inquiries, or any other aspect of our organization. Feel free to drop us a message, and our team will get back to you as soon as possible. Your inquiries are important to us, and we look forward to assisting you in any way we can.
  • What are the benefits of Membership?
    Clinics, Seminars, and Workshops: Be informed of dressage events happening in British Columbia and participate in various educational events designed to improve your understanding of dressage. Awards and Grants Program: Gain opportunities for recognition and support through our awards and grants program, fostering your growth in the dressage community. West Coast Dressage Development Program Partnership: Junior (18 and under) members receive an automatic free membership to the West Coast Dressage Development Program, a BC-based non-profit organization encouraging and fostering the growth of dressage through the formative years.
  • Do I need insurance to belong to Dressage British Columbia?
    Yes, if you plan to participate in horse riding activities at Dressage BC sanctioned events, it is a requirement to maintain a membership with both Horse Council BC and Dressage BC. Horse Council BC offers coverage through the Capri insurance program, which includes personal liability insurance. Additionally, Dressage BC provides "Club Insurance" to cover its members during events or clinics. These insurance policies are essential to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants and protect against potential liabilities associated with equestrian activities within the organization. As a member, you can enjoy the following insurance coverage: $5,000,000 Personal Liability Insurance for your participation in equine activities, excluding commercial activities. Liability insurance for the non-commercial transport, care, custody, and control of non-owned horses, up to $10,000 per horse/$50,000 per accident. $30,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment coverage for equine-related activities, available to individuals under the age of 90, excluding fracture or dental losses. Please note that this is a summary of coverage.
  • Do I need a horse to belong to Dressage BC?
    No, owning a horse is not a prerequisite for membership in Dressage BC. Whether you are an experienced rider or just starting to learn, you are welcome to join us. If you are interested in learning to ride but do not have access to a horse, we can provide guidance and assistance by directing you to various riding schools that offer lessons with school horses. This way, you can actively participate in dressage and pursue your equestrian interests without the need to own a horse. Dressage BC is inclusive and aims to support riders of all levels and backgrounds in their passion for dressage and equestrian activities.
  • How long is a Dressage BC membership valid, and when does it expire?
    A Dressage BC membership is valid for the calendar year until December 31st of the current year. Memberships are renewed annually with your Horse Council BC membership to ensure you continue to enjoy the benefits and support offered by Dressage BC. Be sure to renew your membership by clicking on the link on our Membership page or by contacting Horse Council BC directly before the expiration date to maintain uninterrupted access to Dressage BC resources and events.
COMPETITIONS

All Equine Canada (Bronze/Silver/Gold), or Horse Council BC competitions are qualifiers for our Awards Program. You will find that most of your local one day shows carry a Horse Council BC license.
 

For Licensed Dressage Competitions in BC, please click below

AGM

Dressage BC hosts its annual AGM (Annual General Meeting) as a pivotal event that brings together our passionate community of dressage enthusiasts. This gathering serves as a platform for members to discuss important matters, share insights, and contribute to the organization's growth and direction. During the AGM, we review achievements, set future goals, and recognize outstanding contributions. It's a valuable opportunity to connect, celebrate our shared love for dressage, and shape the future of our equestrian journey.

OUR PROGRAM

Dressage BC is a grassroots provincial program supporting the education and growth of dressage riders in both Classical and Western disciplines. We collaborate with organizations like Horse Council BC and BC Young Riders Dressage Program to provide quality education, sustainable dressage promotion, local clinics, and online educational tools. Our goals include identifying young high-performance athletes and offering leadership, scholarships, grants, awards, and insurance access. We serve riders of all ages, from juniors to seniors, including Western Dressage enthusiasts, with annual scholarships and grants awarded.

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