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Dressage BC: Not your Average Organization! By WJ (Noni) Hartvikson, President


or everyone with goals of improving your riding skills, help is available when you are a member of Dressage BC, the new Dressage Affiliate of HCBC. For just a small fee of $15 added to your HCBC membership renewal, we are providing huge benefits. If you live in a remote region, you can video your test ride and have it judged privately, online, using the instructions on the Dressage BC website ( We also provide “Ask an Expert” (Level 3 coaches) free Kaelyn Van Samang and Summer online. Dressage BC can assist your club to set up clinics in your area. Through Dressage BC, you can also hold mock show days with funding provided by Dressage Canada. This fall, Dressage BC will hold a developing high performance clinic with Karen Pavicic and Wendy Christoff, both Canadian Equestrian Team riders and Level III coaches. This clinic will be funded by Dressage BC. Criteria will be posted. Our Awards Program has great prizes sponsored by Bates Tack Shop and The Dog & Pony Shop for riders who have achieved top competition reYear End Champion Else Larsen and Titanium sults. For deserving coaches and volunteers, we are providing more awards sponsored by Asmar Equestrian and N2 Saddlery. We have grant funding! This year, we are providing funding in a number of areas due to the generosity of many people. A BC Young Rider Dressage Clinic ran free of charge sponsored by Duncan Murray. Other important grants have been made available for Amateurs (Jane Macdonald), Developing FEI Riders (Nancy Olson, Wendy Christoff), FEI Amateur (Sandra Nissen) and other grants for youth competition travel expenses (Laura Card Hall), post-secondary education (Pat and Mark Dumont) and proven improvement in competition (Scott Hayes). Stabling grants have

also been provided through High Point Equestrian Centre. Members also enjoy business discounts at Bates Tack Shop and Scott Hayes Productions (high profile clinics). We are very appreciative of the enormous support that allows us to run these programs. Take a good look at Dressage BC. We offer a lot for a very modest annual fee and we have the ability to help everyone in every corner of the province from all eight regions. Come and join our network. You and your horse will be glad you did!

Sue Holtby, past Director with Jan Ebeling, clinician at The Mane Event, and Nancy Olson, founding President.

Rachel MacDonald and Ubaldi at the Grant funded Dressage BC/ BC Young Riders Clinic held in February with Clinician Ashleigh Luca of Phoenix Arizona.

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