Upcoming Events: LIEC will be hosting 2 Show and Tell test riding clinics with Dale Irwin. Please mark Feb 23, 24th and March 30, 31st on your calendars. See for complete info.

February 23 and 24 clinic has been cancelled due to the snowy weather.

We would like to welcome Victoria Strongman as a new director with the club! Her enthusiasm is much appreciated!

Not VSC but an upcoming dressage clinic of interest!

November 30th & December 1st and 2nd

LH Equestrian Management and Fairlawn Equestrian Centre are proud to host
FEI 4*/Young Horse judge and Grand Prix rider & trainer Cesar Torrente!

Join us as a rider or auditor for three full days of excellent coaching and how to improve your marks in a test. Cesar has an amazing eye for bringing out the best in the horse and rider in a compassionate way where both will be in top form for the long haul. Cesar combines his extensive judging experience from all over the world along with his training and riding experience at Grand Prix to help you achieve your best scores.

This is a clinic not to be missed!

Rider registration form
$300 + GST per lesson, includes 45 minute session with Cesar, auditing for the day you ride plus auditing for one person during your ride and a rider package sponsored by Victoria Saddlery

Auditor registration form
$40/day, $65/2 days or $100/3 days + GST

Questions? Contact Laura

Not VSC but a local clinic of interest!

Joseph Newcomb clinic Nov 17/18th

For more information please contact: April Sheldrake or 250-884-0747

AKA- the in hand guy, specializes in-hand piaffe/passage work helping horses of all levels achieve their maximum potential. Joseph travels internationally specializing in in-hand clinics. His clinics are built upon a philosophy of teaching the horse to respond to the smallest aids. Starting with basic groundwork and de-spooking, Joseph establishes good responses to basic aids. By using these basic exercises as building blocks, Joseph is able to develop the piaffe passage with as little tension and stress as possible. “My number one priority is that each horse in the clinic has a good experience today.” He mixes regular dressage lessons with the beginnings of in hand work for those just starting as well.……

See below for an invitation to a fun upcoming fundraiser for our local VTRA!

It is my great pleasure to forward you an invitation to join us to an evening of live and silent auctions at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club on November 22, 2018. We gathered fantastic items including stays in Tofino, Haida Gwaii, Salt Spring Island and more. Local artists have also donated some of their art, paintings, jewelry etc…

Please feel free to send this information forward to friends and family as well as the rest of the Victoria-Saanich Cadora Society Team.

Tickets are $50 each, with complimentary glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres, and are available online here.

All proceeds will go towards funding our programs for adults and children who live with a diagnosis. For more information on our programs, feel free to consult our web site,

Let me know if you would like any more information about the evening or some of the fabulous prizes!


Kind regards,

Audrey Cooper

Executive Director


Rider schedule is now available for the Stephen Clarke Clinic held June 23 and 24 at Fairlawn Farm.   Rider Schedule

Vancouver Island 2018 Equestrian Canada Gold/Bronze Competitions

Save these dates and plan to attend our only Equestrian Canada Gold/Bronze competitions this year.

Mid-Island Cadora  Summer Dressage Festival                 July 7-8

Victoria Saanich Cadora ‘Capital City Classic’                    July 21-22.

Here are the details:                

 Mid- Island CADORA Summer Dressage Festival

            Save the Date!

Mid Island Cadora Association is pleased to announce the officials for our EC Sanctioned Gold and Bronze 2018 Summer Dressage Festival Competition being held on July 7 and 8, 2018 at Beban Park in Nanaimo. 

Our Gold Show judge this year is Kristi Wysocki from the USA.   Her qualifications include USDF Senior; FEI 4*; FEI Young Horse 4* and she is also the only current FEI Para 5* judge in the USA and Canada.  She is one of a very small number of officials in the world with this level of Para-dressage judging expertise.

Our Bronze Show judge is Monique Hubbs-Michiel who is an EC Basic judge as well as an EC Medium steward.  She is coming to us from Vernon, BC and brings a wealth of experience to our show.  

Our show steward is Jane James from Salt Spring Island, BC.  She is a well known on the Island and is a very qualified EC Senior steward. 

We are very excited about all our officials and hope that you will come and join us!

For more information and entry forms check our website:




The Capital City Classic, our 42nd annual Equestrian Canada Gold and Bronze competition, is being held on July 21-22, 2018 at the Saanich Fairgrounds, Victoria, BC. The Capital City Classic is hosted by the members of Victoria Saanich Cadora.


We are pleased to introduce our judges this year; Birgit Valkenborg from Hudson, PQ, an Equestrian Canada Senior Dressage judge as well as an FEI 3* Para Dressage judge; we welcome back Doreen Horsey from West Foothills, Alberta, also an Equestrian Canada Senior Dressage judge, as well as being accredited for Western Dressage with both WSDAC and WDAA. Our steward is once again Jane James from Salt Spring Island, BC, an Equestrian Canada Senior Dressage steward and an FEI Para Equestrian steward.


The Capital City Classic offers all Equestrian Canada dressage tests from Walk/Trot, Training through Fourth Level; all FEI tests, including those for Children, Ponies, Junior, Young Riders, Young Horses as well as Para Equestrian. Western dressage is also offered in the Bronze competition. Our ever-popular Musical Freestyles will be held on Saturday late afternoon along with refreshments under the ‘Prancing with the Stars’ tent on the berm. For shoppers, we also offer a comprehensive Silent Auction on Saturday.


Whether you are already a dressage enthusiast or simply want to learn more about dressage, you will be warmly welcomed at the competition. There is no admission charge. If you would like to be more involved, do consider volunteering or perhaps become a class or championship sponsor.


Do watch our website or Facebook page for updates and entry opening and closing dates.



Dressage Levy Performance Advantage Symposium Bringing Free Dressage Education to BC in November 2018

See the link below for all info!

Member Questionnaire:

Horse Council BC Schooling Shows or Equestrian Canada Bronze shows?


VS CADORA membership has been declining over recent years, and show entries have declined.

In 2017 shows were changed to Horse Council (HCBC) schooling shows instead of Equestrian Canada (EC) Bronze shows in order to reduce the cost for riders and encourage more entries.  Compared to HCBC, each EC test fees are around $10 more. Also, riders must pay the EC Medication Testing Fee of $3.50, Dressage Canada Levy of $10 and an Administration Fee of $4.50 per show.

There are benefits to holding EC shows. EC requires that a Steward be present at shows to protect the welfare of the horses and ensure fair play. They inspect horses, tack and rider attire, checking that all equipment is humane and adheres to EC Rules. They oversee the warm up area.

A technician is required to perform random drug testing of the horses, to detect the use of banned substances.

In addition, CADORA Inc. recently established a national awards program for Bronze competitions. Three scores from Bronze competitions from three different judges are required. This year there are only three Bronze competitions on the lower island (VS CADORA Capital City Classic, MICA show at Beban Park and a Vancouver Island Arabian Horse Association show).


The VS CADORA board is reviewing the decision to change from EC Bronze shows to HCBC schooling shows. We need to know what the majority of our members prefer.


This decision must be made early in 2018 to accommodate planning requirements for the 2019 show season.


You will be receiving an email soon. Please reply to the email with your answers to the following questions:


Have you joined VS CADORA for 2018?                                            YES / NO

Do you intend to enter VS CADORA shows in 2018?                   YES / NO

Do you prefer to enter HCBC schooling shows or EC Bronze shows?   

                                                           HCBC schooling shows or EC Bronze shows


Responses must be received NO LATER THAN APRIL 30th, 2018.

Exciting news for our member Christina Nash! Named March 2018 Dressage Volunteer of the Month by Equestrian Canada! Thanks for all your hard work Christina, it is much appreciated!

See the full posting by Equestrian Canada here.


Coming to our area May 11-13 - a bit fitting clinic with Neue Schule bits.

Contact: Sharon Brink

Spaces for fitting and auditing, see poster for all info.  Bit Fitting Clinic


Bit Fit Clinic.jpg

Lower Island Equestrian club is holding a educational clinic Scribe & Score on  April 16, 2018.  To register please email  Poster

Upcoming fundraisers for the EBLES facility, see the links below for info!

Used Tack Sale  - April 1st

Poker Trail Ride  - April 29th


Thanks to the members who took the time to respond to our survey, results are now available. We also have a few questions for members regarding our Awards Banquet and our shows. Please see the attachment for more info. Member input is very important in the running of our club!    2017 Member Survey Results and Questions

Exciting new local series for those who want to get a jump start on the show season!  For more info and forms see:

Wild N' Wooly dressage show series poster

For those members who are thinking of doing the Wild n' Wooly dressage series: get your 2018 VSCadora membership first and then you can use one score from this series to count towards the VSC year end awards! Will be riders responsibility to submit their score sheet to VSC.


Report on Stephen Clarke Clinic

Written November 26, 2017

By Claire Vessey, First VP, CADORA INC.


First of all I wanted to give a huge thank you to everyone who helped make this clinic such a success. 

A very special thank you goes out to Sam Reid and her whole family who worked so hard to prepare Fairlawn Equestrian Centre for the clinic.  Stephen really enjoyed their company at dinner on Saturday night.

Thank you to the riders who rode in the clinic, the auditors who were able to witness the “magic” that takes place when Stephen Clarke works with the riders and to the volunteers who spent so much of their valuable time to help.

As all of you know, volunteers are the backbone of any successful project and the volunteers that made the clinic such a success were:

Heather Cormie and her husband Neil, Christina Nash and her mother Gail, April Leung and her daughter, Jan Rioux, Kelly Vassileadis, Sandi Marshall, Winn Armstrong, Taylor and Morgan Drew-Jones and David Rosensweig.

Thanks also go out to our photographers: Lea von Salzen, Jill Rogers, Kelly Vassiliadis and Kahsia Hartwell, whose pictures will be sent to Horse Council BC and CADORA Inc. in case they want to use same.

Sponsors also play a great part in making clinics a success.  Although I didn’t approach any outside businesses for sponsorship, I wanted to thank Victoria-Saanich CADORA for their donation re the cost of the portable toilet and to Horse Council BC for their approval of our Zone 6 grant funding.  A huge big thanks also goes to Don Barnes, President of CADORA Inc., who is the person who arranges for Stephen Clarke to come back to Canada year after year.

I wanted to close my report with a few “pearls of wisdom” from Stephen:

  • You can only collect a horse as much as he is going forward

  • The reward of coming back is the going forward

  • Don’t hold a horse’s head in position, put it in place

  • In piaffe, get a reaction first, and then get in rhythm.  Once you get reaction, your body does the rest.

  • Take a break after a good moment rather than when the rider needs a break

  • It doesn’t have to be perfect, perfect comes later

We are very lucky to have Stephen Clarke return to Victoria on Friday, June 22nd to Sunday, June 24th, 2018 to hear more of his “pearls of wisdom”.   Don’t forget to put these dates in your calendar.  Further information about the Friday night lecture to follow in the near future.

Photos by Jill Rogers

Hello everyone,

As you will know from the recent announcement, our Victoria Saanich Cadora awards celebration and AGM is being held on Sunday December 3rd., at 2 pm in the Oak Room at Saanich Fairgrounds. This isn't really a reminder but a request for your help and suggestions to make the afternoon even more special.

We have three member nominated perpetual awards and are now looking for your suggestions of deserving members to receive these awards. Here are the descriptions of each of the three awards:

CIBC RIDE ON AWARD –  Members to nominate a rider at any VSC show who handles a problem in or outside the competition arena with ‘exemplary skill, style and tact’. Winners of this award will be determined by the total number of votes. A brief description of the event is requested with the nomination.  

CIBC VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR  - members to nominate a person who has volunteered for the club and displayed vision, teamwork, tenacity and a positive attitude. A nominee may not have received any remuneration for their services. A brief description of the nominee with the nomination is requested.    


Donor: Jill Yonge in memory of her mother Margot

The membership to nominate persons, who they believe have exhibited good sportsmanship during the past year. A brief description of the event or events at which sportsmanship was demonstrated is requested.        

For 2016, the member nominated and well deserved recipients were: Cheryl Morgan, Sandi Marshall and Jessica Adam respectively.

Please think about who you have observed during the year who you believe needs to be recognised by receiving one or more of these awards. Then please let me know by e-mail: who and a short description of why you have made the nomination. I'll need the nominations by November 15th., at the latest so that the lovely perpetual trophies can be engraved in good time for December 3rd.

I'll look forward to receiving your nominations.            

Thank-you in advance.   



Upcoming dressage clinic with Michael Eilberg to be held at Fairlawn Equestrian Centre November 2-5 2017, see poster for more info.  Poster

The Vancouver Island Arabian Horse Association is holding an Open All Breed show with dressage classes on  June 17 2017.  Cost is $20 per test.  Sheila Skene is the judge.  See their website for more info


Mid Island Cadora has upcoming shows in June and July, see their website for more info


2016 Year End results are now available on our Awards page and photos of our AGM Awards Celebration our now in the Gallery page.  Stay tuned for show dates coming!

We have set a date for the Victoria Saanich CADORA Year End Awards Celebration and Annual General Meeting. We will be having an afternoon social at the Saanich Fairgrounds on Sunday, January 22, 2017. Light refreshments will be served and there will be no charge to attend the event. As a special treat, Dr. Danica Olenick will be presenting a slide show and talk on her recent adventures helping working elephants in Thailand.


So please put the following information into your datebook and look for additional information early in the new year:

VSC Awards & Annual General Meeting

Sunday, January 22, 2017

2 pm - 4 pm

Poplar Room, Saanich Fairgrounds, Victoria

Wishing you all a happy holiday season!

Ilona Rule

Victoria Saanich CADORA


A selection of Cassidy Nunn's photos from the 2016 Capital City Classic are now on our Gallery page.  One photo of each of the horse/rider combinations she caught on Sunday are shown.

If you would like to see all of her photos or purchase a photo, go to her website at: 

Thanks so much Cassidy!



If you are ever at a show and wonder what to do when asked to have a drug test done on your horse, we have all the info here!  Drug Testing - What to do

Stephen Clarke’s  ‘Build a Better Dressage Horse’ Clinics 2016

Cadora Inc. is more than thrilled to announce that for this eleventh year, Stephen Clarke has agreed to come to Canada for our annual clinics. We feel privileged that the FEI Judge General enjoys our venues, organisers, riders and horses so much that he has kept returning to Canada for these annual Cadora clinics. There will be two x two day clinics, the first will be held in conjunction with our Annual General Meeting on September 24-25 at Bonita Stables in Sidney, BC and the second will be held on October 1-2 at South Lane Stables in Vankleek Hill, Ontario.

Although these clinics have been organized by national Cadora Inc.,

it is the local Cadora groups who manage the individual clinics. Cadora club members are given rider priority provided they have achieved certain competitive scores followed by Level 3 coaches and their students, Junior/ Young Riders, amateur riders and Young Horses. Stephen always asks that his clinics are representative of a cross section of riders and horses at all levels and ages who are currently competing or working toward competing. These are not intended to be demonstration clinics, each rider has an individual lesson and is limited to one ride only and in this way, auditors can observe and learn how improvements at all levels can be achieved.

For details about being a rider or auditor at the Stephen Clarke clinic nearest to you, check the Cadora Inc. website at:




Need help paying for all those dressage shows? Check out the grants available for attending shows on Vancouver Island as part of the Equinety Vancouver Island Dressage Series!

Grant Info

'The Capital City Classic being held on July 16-17, is our major event of the year, we bring in high level officials to ensure the competition is professionally judged and we provide a friendly yet professional atmosphere for all competitors and dressage enthusiasts. In addition to the need for our many valued volunteers, we also need sponsors because it is very expensive to run a competition of this size. Each year we send out a sponsorship package to all of our known generous sponsors but we would love to welcome more of you to support the CCC.  In case you haven't been contacted and would like to receive a sponsorship package please contact Sheila Skene at:   Many thanks.'


VSC is in need of a member to fill the club's Secretary position. Our long time Secretary is off to medical school. A big congrats to Lindsay Richier!! We are a friendly bunch and can help ease someone new in to the position!



See below - a note from HCBC regarding our local trails!

Please Consider Registering with Capital Region Equestrians

Capital Region Equestrians (CRE) has formed as an advocacy group to represent equestrian interests within the Capital Regional District (CRD).  After there was no provision made for horses in the Draft Island View Beach Regional Park Management Plan and a threat that the CRD was considering paving the only sections of Lochside Trail still accessible to horses, there is clearly a need for equestrians to organize with a representative voice.

CRE is prepared to be that voice.

Are you interested in preserving and building future access to parks and trails for equestrian use? Join our Registry and encourage your horse friends to do the same. Numbers are powerful.

According to the Horse Industry study done by HCBC in 2009 and updated in 2015, there are 2240 HCBC members within the CRD and 7000-10,000 horses. The equine industry generates approximately $74 million of economic activity annually within the CRD.

Liz Ashton, two time Olympian and past President of Camosun College, has agreed to Chair CRE during its start-up phase.

How to register with Capital Region Equestrians:

Send you e-mail to CRE Communications at:
Please include: 

  • Your name,

  • Email,

  • Phone number,

  • Home municipality,

  • Riding club affiliation (if any).


Horse Council BC on behalf of Capital Region Equestrians


Exciting upcoming local dressage clinic:  Now postponed until July 10/11

LH Equestrian Management presents Karen Pavicic on May 28th and 29th!    Poster



Thanks to Canadian Horse Journals for their coverage of our fashion show! 

Fashion Show Video

Exciting news!!

Back by popular demand - we are holding a fashion show showcasing the latest in equestrian wear with styles from Arista, Greenhawk, and Victoria Saddlery.
The date is April 5 in the Poplar Room in the Saanich Fairgrounds.  Open to members, each member may bring one guest.  Doors open at 7:00 PM.
Light refreshments will be available.  Please respond to Sandi Marshall,  To qualify for an early bird door prize contact her by March 31.
There is a limit to the room capacity  so be sure and get your name to us promptly.
Look forward to seeing you there.
Win and Sandi


Upcoming Event in Victoria                         Poster

I have attached a poster for an upcoming event that I'm excited to bring to the Island. This seminar is with Dirk Stroda who is the high performance mental coach for Equine Canada, many Olympians, World Champions, NHL players as well as successful entrepreneurs. Dirk is the most sought after speaker of his kind and has traveled the world speaking in front of thousands. He writes for Huffington Post and other international magazines. He was most recently with the Canadian Equestrian Team in Ontario for the Pan Am Games and also in Normandy for the World Equestrian Games. He will be travelling to Rio to work with our Olympic team members as well this summer.

Dirk will be in Victoria on February 20th from 10am-4pm at the Four Points by Sheraton Victoria for a Recharge + Refresh + Renew empowerment seminar and he is also available for one-on-one sessions on February 21st. The seminar is open to everyone as athletes and coaches from any discipline as well as business people can benefit from his talk. Coaches can also use the seminar towards their Professional Development hours. 

You will definitely come away from the seminar feeling ready to tackle anything!
Click here to purchase your tickets from my website. 

Get yours today before they sell out!!

Please feel free to pass this information on to anyone you think may be interested or to post the poster in your barn or workplace.

Laura Card Hall
Chief Event Coordinator 

3080 Rosalie Road | Ladysmith, BC | V9G 1C2
Mobile: 250-756-8777 | Email:




Dear Victoria Saanich CADORA members

Our show season is officially over and now it is time to take out those braids, wash white saddle pads for the last time, let your hair down and get ready to party!  We hope you can join us for the 2015 Awards Banquet & Annual Meeting on November 27 at the Royal Oak Golf Club where we will have a chance to recognize the good times, goofy times and great people that made up such a fun year for our club. Awards, door prizes, great food, good friends - really, who could ask for more?


A registration form is attached that you can use to reserve your seat at the dinner. Friends and family are welcome but please don't delay in getting your tickets as they are limited.        

Banquet Registration

See you on the 27th!




Of interest to VSC members - upcoming Supple Equestrian Somatics
Level I workshop! Special price for VSC members (and those referred by us) of $5.00 off, and register by October for further savings, see poster for more info! This is a great class and geared specifically to riders!      Somatics Poster