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May 7, 2010 — Dressage Canada and the Domestic Development Committee (DDC) are pleased to announce that the Dressage Canada Levy Program has distributed funds for the second year in a row through the Dressage Canada Bursary and the Domestic Program Support programs.
The Dressage Canada Levy Program, which began in 2008, requires all Equine Canada-sanctioned Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum Dressage competitions to collect and remit $7.00 per horse entered in their competition to Dressage Canada. The revenues generated from the Levy Program are used to support a number of domestic, provincial and national programs, all of which are designed to foster the development of dressage riders, coaches, officials, owners and the industry at large.

The funds are distributed

•    70 per cent to Domestic Program Support,
•    20 per cent to National Team Program Support,
•    five per cent  to Dressage Canada Bursary, and
•    five per cent to administration including publicity and public relations.

The Dressage Canada Bursary was created in recognition of the difficulty rider’s face as they strive to continue their dressage education while competing at high levels of equestrian sport. Dressage Canada has developed the Bursary program for competitors in the Federation Equestre International (FEI) dressage divisions—Children, Pony, Junior, Young Rider, Advanced and Grand Prix.

The 2010 Dressage Canada Bursary recipients are

•    Megan Lane of Collingwood, ON (Young Rider)
•    Anne-Mylaine Messier of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC (Young Rider)
•    Jade Deter of Kemptville, ON (Young Rider)

Under the Domestic Program Support portion of the Levy Program, a domestic program is defined as an event or function that is designed to develop and educate the dressage community in Canada. The programs provide the opportunity for personal improvement for community members.

Recipients of the Second disbursement of these funds are

•    Kawartha Lakes Dressage Association — riding clinic with EC level 3 coaches,
•    Maya Markowski, Chatterbox Farm — riding clinic with Britta Johnston,
•    Central Nova Horse & Pony Association — riding clinic with Master Saddle Fitter Rachel Argo,
•    Dressage Winnipeg — camps for Junior/Young Riders and Adult Riders,
•    L'Association Équestre Régionale Rive Sud Métropolitaine Dressage Concours — freestyle riding clinic,
•    Calgary Area / Alberta Dressage Association — freestyle design seminar by Karen Robinson, and
•    Western CADORA (CAnadian Dressage Owners and Riders Association) — riding clinic series with Joan Johnston.

“In the second year of this program, submissions for both the Dressage Canada Bursary and the Domestic Program Support continues to demonstrate the broad base of dressage in Canada,” said Kristy Nahirniak, Chair of the DDC. “Those that supported the Levy program in the last year should be proud of the fact that a wide variety of domestic programs across Canada have been able to be created to the benefit of as large a community as each program could reach.  Stay tuned for additional initiatives the Domestic Committee is hoping to introduce in 2010.” 

For more information on the Levy program and how to apply for Levy money, please visit the Dressage Canada Levy Program section of the Equine Canada website.

About Dressage Canada

Dressage Canada, as a committee of Equine Canada, is the National governing body for Dressage in Canada. Dressage Canada's objective is to foster the growth of Dressage and the pursuit of excellence in the sport at the local, national and international levels. Dressage Canada provides support and guidance to both amateur and professional through the following programs: coaching education and programs, officials’ education and programs, rules & qualifying criteria, sport development, publications & awards. For more information about Dressage Canada, please visit the Dressage section of the Equine Canada site.

About Equine Canada

Equine Canada is Canada’s national governing body for equestrianism. A member-driven, charitable institution, it is the executive branch of the Canadian Equestrian Team, and the national authority for equestrian competition; the national voice for recreational riders; and the national association for equine welfare, breeding, and industry. Equine Canada is recognised by the Government of Canada, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), and the Canadian Olympic Committee as the national organisation representing equestrian sport and equine interests. For more information about Equine Canada, please visit equinecanada.ca.