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CORE OBJECTIVES

  • Develop a broad based educated Dressage community
  • Create the means for Canadian International teams to achieve medal performances
  • Achieve the financial stability (sustainability) to realize the core direction (mission)
    Develop, Create and Achieve, combine to become “DCA”, an acronym for
    DRESSAGE CANADA ACTION

MISSION STATEMENT

To represent, promote and develop the Canadian Dressage Community.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • Sport must be welcoming and inclusive
  • Sport must be accessible; opportunities must exist for all athletes to participate depending on their personal needs, interests, aspirations, and abilities 
  • Sport opportunities provide access to qualified human resources in a safe and secure environment 
  • Sport must promote fair play and healthy competition; discourage the use of banned and restricted substances; prohibit all forms of cheating; and be free of harassment and abuse 
  • Sport includes the pursuit of excellence and the desire to win by fair play and ethical means 
  • All individuals involved in sport should be respected for their unique and significant contribution 
  • Policies and programs should be developed in a spirit of collaboration and consultation with the sport community, taking into account the concurrent responsibility of both federal and provincial/territorial governments in public development for sport

POLICY GOALS: The Four Pillars

  • Participation:  To maximize the benefits for the individuals in the sport system.  Efforts will be directed to increasing the level of active participation and continuing to foster the full participants, coaching, officials, administrators, and volunteers.  Initiatives, programs, and resources will be directed to the broadest possible sport participants.  Metrics will be developed to measure sport participation. 
  • Excellence:  To stimulate pride in Canadian achievement and to promote Canadian identity at home and abroad.  Canada will improve its high-performance athlete excellence.  Stretch targets for international performance will be developed collaboratively to guide and direct the efforts of the entire sport community.  Programs will promote the development of world-class athletes, coaches, and officials in a sport environment characterized by the highest standards, values and ethics. 
  • Capacity: To create an environment wherein the components necessary for the development of Dressage in Canada , be they human, financial or specific program are available. 
  • Interaction: That the components and partners involved are connected, work in committed collaboration for common purpose.

Dressage Canada is a discipline committee within the Sport Division, and is responsible to the Sport Council and the Equine Canada Board of Directors. Board members, Committee Chairs and Committee members should be aware of the Dressage Canada’s mission statement, vision, long and short term goals and have a working knowledge of the Equine Canada structure and goals and its committees and their function.

The Dressage Canada Board (DCB) is defined as the Discipline Committee for Dressage, charged with governance, support, and management of all discipline related activities for the Canadian dressage community.  As such, the DCB has some broad responsibilities that encompass different tasks.

The success of the Discipline Committee.  To do this, the DCB must raise money, bring contacts and clout to the Discipline Committee, provide special skills to the Discipline Committee and act as ambassadors to the community.  The DCB’s support role will strengthen the community and provide for growth and interest in the sport.

The DCB’s governance role has as its goal the protection of the interest of the Dressage community.  As the governing body for Dressage in Canada, the DCB is responsible for the reviewing and authorizing plans and commitments, ensuring fairness and integrity in all the Discipline Committee activities, as well as compliance with legal and contractual requirements, and evaluating the Discipline Committee’s work.

The management role of the DCB is the development of DCB policy and objectives that will ensure that programs are produced, implemented, and effectively evaluated. 

In all roles, the DCB is accountable to the stakeholders, the provision of services, programs and sport representation in international competition.