CADORA Inc. (CAnadian Dressage Owners & Riders Association) is presently made up of the members of some 20 ± local groups from coast to coast.

CADORA is managed by a Board of Directors elected by the membership. Every province, regardless of number of members, is eligible to send one director to the national board. Those provinces having more than one hundred members can elect one additional director for every one hundred CADORA members in the province beyond the initial one director, to a maximum of five directors in total. Each province has the responsibility of carrying out election of directors prior to the Annual General Meeting, which is held before December of each year.

The CADORA Executive consists of:

a) President

b) Four Vice-Presidents:

  1. Atlantic: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland
  2. Eastern: Ontario & Quebec
  3. Western: Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan
  4. Pacific: British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories

c) Honorary Secretary

d) Treasurer (or Bookkeeper)

All members of the executive are elected by and from the board of directors at its first meeting after the Annual General Meeting. The President and Vice-Presidents must have served at least one term on the board prior to taking office.

History of Cadora

CADORA was developed out of a perception by a few individuals with a strong interest in classical dressage that there was a need for a national body in order for this sport to develop in a manner that was consistent with the principles of dressage as formulated by the international governing body of equestrian olympic disciplines, the F.E.I.

With this objective in mind, CADORA was incorporated April 1, 1969 as a national non-profit organization dedicated to the development of dressage in Canada with a uniform system of training for riders.

Currently there are some 15 individual groups, some with only five or six members, others with over two hundred. In order to develop a provincial program and to be compatible with provincial government sport administrations, provincial associations have been formed.

At the national level, CADORA programs are designed to foster a logical development of dressage by providing encouragement through competitions,awards programs and clinic guidelines. As Sport Canada and EC implement broader qualification programs, CADORA's programs change to reflect new needs but always with the focus of improving dressage in Canada.

Purpose & Objectives

The objectives of CADORA as set forth in the charter are:

  • to foster and encourage interest and participation in dressage riding and the ownership of dressage horses
  • to encourage shows, matches, demonstrations and competitions involving dressage riding
  • to collect moneys and raise funds by way of donations, dues and otherwise, and to hold, invest, expend or deal with same in furtherance of the objects of the corporation
  • to promote the art of horsemanship and bursaries for such purposes

These objectives are sufficiently general to allow CADORA to undertake whatever dressage-related activities its members wish, provided that they are not for profit.

Equestrian Canada (legally known as Equine Canada)
Equestrian Canada is the national sport governing body for all equestrian sports in Canada.

Dressage Canada
EC sub-committee replacing the NDC (National Dressage Committee) and DMC (Dressage Management Committee)

CADORA Chapters - East

CADORA Ontario

Don Barnes
Tel: (905) 975-0055
Email: Dressagegames@aol.com

David Rosensweig
Tel: (514) 433-8560
Email: dhr@live.ca


London Dressage Association
Lynn Young
Tel: (519) 542-1326
Email: ryoung1@cogeco.ca

Caledon Dressage
Kristy Nahirniak
Tel: (519) 925-6256
Email: knahirniak@bell.net 

Conestoga CADORA
Fiona McLellan
Email: fiona_m@live.com

Glanbrook CADORA
Judith Wanner

Tel: (905) 333-5481 
Email: judithwanner@sympatico.ca  

O.A.D.G. CADORA (Dressage in Ottawa)
Catherine Maguire

Tel: (613) 294-9810
Email: president@ottawadressage.ca

QSLB Cadora (Belleville/Kingston)
Micky Colton

Tel: (613) 962-5479
Email: mccolton@sympatico.ca

Windsor-Essex Cadora
Jenn Bauermann


CADORA Chapters - Pacific

Christal Quinn
4722 Condensory Rd.
Courtenay, BC V9J 1R6
Tel: (250) 334-2306
Email: quinnwood@telus.net

Cheryl Gill

2020 Saddle Drive
Nanaimo Bay, BC V9P 9C2
Tel: (250) 468-0216
Email: mapleleaflipizzans@telus.net

Cindy Thiele

1420 PG Pulpmill Rd.
Prince George, BC V2K 5P4
Tel: (250) 563-2933
Email: thiele@mailscar.ca

Heather Cormie

Email: heatherdowne@shaw.ca

CADORA Chapters - Western


Alberta Dressage Association

Jan Simmonds

5611 - 115th Street
Edmonton, Alberta T6H 3P5
Phone: (403) 434-8052
Fax: (403) 431-0715
Email: jsimmond@epsb.net




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