About the LDA 2017-02-16T11:18:52+00:00

The London Dressage Association (LDA) is dedicated to developing dressage riders and horses in Southwestern Ontario through education and competition. We are pleased to offer this series of dressage shows for the Silver and Bronze competitor. We are committed to providing high quality competitions. We strive to promote safety and sportsmanship in an atmosphere of camaraderie and learning.

If you have suggestions, comments or concerns, please contact any member of the Executive. If you are new to dressage competitions, we are available to answer your questions and help you find the resources you need for an enjoyable and successful dressage season.

The objectives of the London Dressage Association are

“To foster and encourage interest and participation in dressage riding and the ownership of dressage horses; to foster an interest among horse people of various disciplines and the general public in the utility and beauty of dressage; to encourage instruction, demonstrations, shows, competitions and similar ancillary events involving dressage riding. ”

We are a member club of the Canadian Dressage Owners and Riders Association (CADORA) and the Ontario branch of CADORA, CADORA Ontario. We also have a club affiliation with Dressage Canada (DC).

We offer monthly Equestrian Canada (EC) sanctioned dressage shows between May and September. Both Bronze and Silver classes are offered on the same day and at the same facility.

During the off-season, we organize clinics for our members and interested parties.

The affairs of the LDA are administered by an executive board, elected at the  AGM. The current Executive members and their areas of responsibility, as well as other key individuals, are listed on the contacts page.

Interested in joining? For further information on membership, please read on. To join, please fill out a Membership Form and mail it (with your payment) to the address indicated on the form. For further information on the various memberships required for the different levels of shows, please see the information on the showing page.

Membership in the LDA and CADORA

As mentioned, the LDA is a local chapter of CADORA, and the usual way to join CADORA is via a local club. This is also called a “Full” membership. When you join the LDA and CADORA, we will forward your payment and address information to both CADORA and CADORA-Ontario – convenient one-stop shopping! You will become a member in all three organizations: LDA, CADORA-Ontario, CADORA, and be eligible for all the member benefits of all three organizations. In particular

  1. LDA awards and prizes.
  2. A copy of the LDA newsletter.
  3. A say in LDA activities.
  4. Hold office on the LDA executive.
  5. Member rates at all LDA competitions and clinics, and first consideration on entry to all club activities, if entries must be limited.
  6. All the benefits of CADORA and CADORA-Ontario membership as outlined on their respective websites, such as the Omnibus (test-booklet), their newsletters, and eligibility for their Awards Programs.

LDA Only Membership

This is also called a “supporting” membership, and does NOT include membership in CADORA or CADORA-Ont. You will therefore NOT receive an Omnibus and you will not be eligible for their awards programs and prizes, unless you have those memberships via another club or have directly purchased them. This membership does entitle you to

  1. LDA Awards and Prizes.
  2. A copy of the LDA newsletter.
  3. A say in all LDA activities.
  4. Hold office on the LDA executive. (Except as Chair or Area-Rep for CADORA and CADORA-Ont).
  5. Club rates at all LDA competitions and clinics, and first consideration on entry to all club activities, if entries must be limited.

Please note that other memberships, such as OEF, EC, and DC are not handled by us in either case. You will have to join those organizations individually.