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Kelowna Dressage Festival 2024

Show and Entry Information below.

Sanctioned E.C. Gold - Bronze Dressage Show


June 10 – 11th, 2023

Brenda Minor –FEI 4*  Dressage Judge

Jayne Essig – M*Status Dressage Judge

 Classes include:

Rising Stars Equitation

All EC 2023tests



 HCBC Western Dressage,

55+ Division










Prize List

The Kelowna Riding Club (KRC) Dressage Show is a sanctioned GOLD and BRONZE competition of Equestrian Canada c/o House of Sport 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K1H 7X7, Canada and is governed by the rules of EC.  (rule A602.1)


“Every class offered herein is covered by the rules and specifications of the current rules of EC and will be held and judged in accordance with the EC Rule Book.” (rule A602.2) 


“Per Article A801, every entry at an EC-sanctioned competition shall constitute an agreement by the person(s) responsible that the owner, lessee, trainer, manager, agent, coach, driver or rider and horse shall be subject to the EC constitution and all rules of EC and any additional rules set by the competition. It is the responsibility of all individuals participating in any capacity in EC-sanctioned competitions to be knowledgeable regarding the EC constitution and the applicable rules of EC and the additional rules, if any, imposed by the competition. Do not participate in this EC- sanctioned competition in any capacity if you do not consent to be bound by the constitution and rules of EC and any additional rules imposed by the competition” (rule A602.7)


It is the responsibility of all individuals participating in any capacity
in EC-sanctioned competitions to be knowledgeable regarding the EC constitution
and the applicable rules of EC and the additional rules,
if any, imposed by the competition.

Statement of Principles – Horse Welfare


EC supports adherence to humane treatment of horses in all activities under its jurisdiction.


EC is committed to:

  • upholding the welfare of the horse, regardless of monetary value, as a primary consideration in all activities;

  • requiring that horses be treated with kindness, respect, and the compassion that they deserve, and that they never be subjected to mistreatment;

  • ensuring that owners, trainers, and exhibitors and their agents exercise appropriate care and responsibility in the handling, treatment, and transportation of their horses, as well as horses placed in their care for any purpose;

  • providing for the continuous wellbeing of the horse by encouraging routine inspection and consultation with health care professionals and competition officials to achieve the highest possible standards of nutrition, health, comfort, and safety;

  • continuing to support scientific studies on equine health and welfare;

  • requiring owners, trainers, and exhibitors to know and follow their sanctioning organization’s rules, and to work within industry regulations in all equestrian competitions; and,

  • reviewing, revising, and developing competition rules and regulations that protect the welfare of the horse.


In determining whether conduct or treatment is cruel, abusive or inhumane, the standard to be applied will be the conduct or treatment expected of a reasonable person who is informed and experienced in equine training and exhibition procedures.


Individuals who interact with horses must also adhere to EC’s policies as they relate to horse welfare.

Competition Officials



JUDGE: Brenda Minor

Brenda is a FEI 4* Dressage judge, FEI Younge Horse Dressage Judge, a USEF senior dressage judge, an Equine Canada Senior Dressage judge, A certified Level 2 coach.

Brenda is a worldclass, International judge who has judged in some of the worlds largest dressage stage and we are honored to welcome her here to Kelowna!




JUDGE: Jayne Essig


Jayne is an EC Medium Judge but will be carded to Senior for panels

She is an FEI Rider, ED Gold Rider Award Recipient, USDF Silver Medalist, EC High Performance Coach.KRC welcomes Jayne to the Okanagan!





Stewart:                                       Christine Jewell (Chilliwack, BC)



Competition Manager:              Sherri Paiement                                         250.215.7135

Competition Organizer:            Cindy Foster                                               250.470.0170

Show Secretary                            Diane De Benedetto

Veterinarian on Call:                  Okanagan Veterinary                                 250.549.3533 

First Aid:                                        TBA     

Groundskeeper:                          Paul Butkus                                                 on site


Note:  KRC will follow the regional, provincial and any federal health orders that may be in place at the time of the show with regards to COVID. 


NOTE : Entry deadline:  June 3rd,  2023.

** Incomplete entries and late entries will be subject to a charge of $35.00 (please use the checklist to ensure all items are included!)


  • Scheduled ride times will be available at Fox Village Dressage web site by Wednesday, June 7th 6pm, 2023. *Hint:  search under BC and also B.C. - if you don’t see the show where you expect it. Fox Village contains the latest schedule information up to the start of the show day.

  • Rides times will also be posted on


Scheduled ride times will be emailed by June 7th,2023 to the email address on the entry form.

  • ‘Daily Order of go’ will supersede all previous schedules.

  • Day Sheets will be posted at the clubhouse and in front window of warm up ring.

  • Scratches may not reach the Fox Village site during the competition



While the show will make every effort to adhere to the ride times published on Fox Village Dressage, short notice changes may occur. 



The show office is in the Club House and will be open at 7:00 am Saturday and Sunday.



  • Start time will be confirmed dependent on entries.

  • It is anticipated that rides will begin at 8:00 am each day in designated Rings.  See signs and stabling map for ring locations.

  • There will be a one hour break approximately around noon each day. 

  • The warm-up ring will be open at 7:00 am.  No warm-up is allowed in the designated show rings on the days of competition.

Stalls must be left stripped before departure.

 Please leave a separate deposit cheque with the show office at check in.

Deposits will be returned by a volunteer after the stall is checked (before you leave).



Tack & Dress according to 2023 EC Section E Rules.  Note:  all riders to wear approved helmets when mounted at the event location (Article E 4.0 Safety Headgear).  See Equestrian Canada Dressage Rules for the 2023 Rulebook.


Adults:  Individuals are adults, or seniors, from the beginning of the calendar year in which they reach the age of 19.

Amateurs:  Adults eligible to compete in EC Amateur Classes as per EC Article A902.  A person competing in EC amateur classes must hold a valid EC Sport Licence and have a current Amateur status. 

Coach: Equestrian Coaches who have completed an evaluation and are certified by EC in partnership with the Coaching Association of Canada and hold a current coaching status with EC.

NEW “When registering for EC sanctioned competitions, athletes must indicate the name of their coach on the entry form or specify that they are self coached. Coaches from other countries, must be in good standing with their home federation and must declare/have proof of insurance. See Rules of Equestrian Canada rule Section A, General Regulations, Article 102, Safe Sport Environments.

FEI Age Limitations:  See Article E3.4.4, FEI Age Limitations


Juniors:  Individuals are Juniors until the end of the calendar year in which they turn 18.  Juniors are not eligible to compete in the amateur category.


Person Responsible:  The Person Responsible (PR) for a horse must be an adult who has or shares responsibility for the care, training, custody, and performance of the horse, and who has official responsibility for that horse under EC Rules. The PR is liable under penalty provisions of the applicable EC Rules for any rule violations. Every entry form for an EC sanctioned competition must identify the PR and be signed by the PR. This definition was updated April 2018 Person Responsible Rule.  The Person Responsible must hold an EC Sport Licence (see A801.6).


Ponies: A pony is a small horse whose height at the withers, having been measured on a smooth level surface, does not exceed 148 cm without shoes or 149cm with shoes.



•   2023 Bronze or Gold EC Sport Licences are required by competitors, owners or lessees, and individuals accepting responsibility for entries in an EC sanctioned competition.

•   Valid EC Horse Recording, 2023 EC Horse Activation are required for Gold competition.

•   Vaccination documentation required.

•   Horse Council B.C. or Provincial equivalent or USEF required.

•   Temporary licences, Bronze licences and upgrades may be purchased with entry (Refer to the current EC schedule of fees).  Horses without a valid EC Horse Record (Gold)must provide a completed temporary horse registration form and pay a $76.00 fee.


“Canadian entries are required to hold an EC Horse Recording and have paid the EC Horse Recording annual Activation Fee to compete, or if owned by a temporary sport licence holder, a Temporary Horse Registration form must be purchased at each competition entered. Foreign entries must sign an affidavit.” (rule A602.4)




  • All freestyles will follow the Division Classes on Saturday at approximately 4 p.m.(tentative)

  • Please provide your own music to the Show Secretary upon registration. If using a phone, please ensure you have someone able to operate it.  Music/sound checks  will be any time Friday, or during lunch break on Saturday

Freestyle Eligibility:

Freestyle riders in Gold and Bronze competition. (all EC levels and FEI freestyle levels offered)

  • A horse/rider combination must have obtained the following prior to competing in a freestyle: a minimum score of 60% in a technical dressage test at the same level, or higher.  The dressage score may have been obtained at an EC Gold/Silver dressage competition prior to the competition, or may be obtained at the same competition in which they wish to enter the freestyle. Article E 10.6.1

  • Technical scores earned at silver competitions count toward entering freestyle in a Gold competition and vice versa.

  • Bronze competitions require no minimum technical score. A rider in the Bronze competition may enter a freestyle without having ridden the technical test. (e.g. competes in first level technical and second level freestyle).



  • These classes are considered miscellaneous classes under EC rules and are not eligible for EC awards.

  • Western Dressage Riders are required to wear approved protective head gear.

  • HCBC Western Dressage tests are available upon request. Please specify which tests will be ridden on entry form.

  • The Show Committee reserves the right to alter or combine classes.



Rising Stars Equitation Division    

This division has been created to emphasize the importance of equitation and its influence and effect on the performance of the horse. This division will determine the Rising Stars Division Champion and Reserve in both Gold and Bronze categories. 


Gold:                                                                                                                               Bronze:

Training, First & Second Level                                                                                  Training & First Level

10 -12 yrs.                                                                                                                        10 -12 yrs.

13 -15 yrs.                                                                                                                          13 -15 yrs.

16 -21 yrs.                                                                                                                          16 -21 yrs.


The Rising Stars Equitation judging will be done during a regularly scheduled technical test. There will be

the technical judge seated at C. The Equitation Judge will sit at B or E. The Rising Stars Equitation score sheet has been designed for the Equitation judging. The scores from the Equitation Score Sheet (NOT the

technical test scores) will be tabulated and the top two riders will be Rising Stars’ Champion and Reserve Champion.



Rosettes to fourth (4th) place will be awarded at the completion of every class. 



Points awarded by the judges are final.


Where there is only one rider in a class, percentages will be applied as follows:

1st place –60%or higher; 2nd 57% ‐ 59.99%; 3rd   54 ‐ 56.99%; 4th   51% ‐ 53.99%.


Class Scores will be posted in the club house when the class is complete and scores are ready for posting.


Test and Rosettes Acceptance Location:

Tests and rosettes may be picked up at the prize area in the club house on completion of each class/level and posting of results. 


Presentations for Championships and Awards:

Freestyle and Rising Stars Equitation awards will be presented at the completion of the class and formal presentation at the get-together on Saturday pm.  Riders should be prepared to present themselves in show attire, unmounted, at the club house area for award presentation and pictures.  Pictures may include the horse at the show’s discretion.  The Show Committee reserves the right to alter, cancel or combine any awards.


Gold and Bronze Recognized Division Championships:

  1. A Championship will be presented in both the Bronze and Gold competitions for each Division and Category with 4 or more entries.

  2. The Champion will be determined by the horse/rider combination with the highest combined percentages achieved in the 2 designated classes at each level (E9.10.4). 

  3. The designated classes are Test 2 on Saturday and Test 3 on Sunday at each level.  These class names and numbers are labelled with a ‘C ’in the CLASSES OFFERED.

  1. In the event of a tie for the championship, the competitor with the highest single percentage score (test) is declared the winner.

  2. Any horse receiving less than 50% on a technical test will not receive an award as per Art. E 9.10.7.

  1. Test of choice (TOC) and Freestyle classes do not qualify for championship calculations.

Other Prizes:

  1. HCBC Western Dressage high-score


FEI Champion

  1. FEI Champion will be determined by the highest two combined technical scores earned over two days of FEI classes including Para. 



Freestyle High Score

  1. High Score Freestyle will be awarded to the highest freestyle score in either of the Bronze and Gold competitions.


Adult Amateur High Score

  1. High Score AA will be awarded to the highest amateur score in either of the Bronze and Gold competitions.


“55 Plus Division” - High Score  – be sure to fill in your real age!


Junior - High Score - be sure to fill in your real age!  18 and under.


Most Harmonious Ride of the Show:

  1. The “Ride of the Show” will be chosen by the Judges over two days.



Dressage BC Adult Amateur Awards Program 2023 is for Adult Amateurs riding Training though Fourth Level, no application or entry fee required.  Score requirements: three scores in Test 3 of the Level, from two different judges (M status or above), from 3 different recognized EC Gold competitions in BC, average score of 60% or higher to qualify.  Full details at



  •  “Horses entered in any class at a competition may be selected for equine medication control testing while at the event location” – (rule A602.5).

  • Riders mounted on a horse must wear ASTM/SEI or BSI/BS EN approved helmet, with safety harness correctly fastened.

  • Only horses wearing a competition number are allowed on the grounds during competition days.

  • Competition numbers must be worn by the horse or rider/handler at all times the horse is on the grounds (except when in stall or trailer).

  • Appropriate footwear must be worn when mounted.

  • Any contestant demonstrating unsafe or unsportsmanlike behaviour will be disqualified for the remainder of the show without refund of entry fees.

  • Dogs must be kept on leashes. Please ‘pick up’!

  • Lunging is only allowed in specified ring from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.   The round pen by the entry gate is open at any time.

  • The management reserves the right to limit entries or refuse an entry.

  • The management reserves the right to decide any point not covered in the rules and correct any error or omission in the program.

  • Protests or objections will be handled by the management.

  • Hors Concours entries accepted at full entry fee and subject to all EC rules including EC sport licences and EC Horse Records, but are not eligible for placings, ribbons, or awards.

  • Copies of the EC tests may be found at  Please be sure you have the current edition of the tests.

  • Note:  2017 amendment to Error Penalization:  1st Error = 2 points, 2nd Error = 4 points, 3rd error = elimination. However, at the discretion of the judge, the rider may continue to finish to test.  See Art E 9.3.2.  

  • It is the responsibility of the contestants to present themselves, while still mounted to the Steward immediately following their ride.  Failure to do so will incur elimination.

  • Failure to ride at your scheduled time will incur elimination.

  • Classes may not be run in the same sequence as listed in this prize list.

  • It is the competitors’ responsibility to check the posted schedule of ride times for any changes.  Ride times may be rescheduled due to unforeseen conflicts. 

  • Whips may be to a maximum length of 1.20m (1.00m for ponies)

  • Test callers are permitted as per EC/FEI rules and are required to have appropriate dress.

  • The competition will not provide a gate keeper.  If one is desired, it is the responsibility of the rider to arrange for someone to close the gate for the entire class.

  • Competition rings are sand footing. All tests are in a 20 x 60 m ring unless specified with entry form.


  • Cancellations received before the closing date will have a full refund less an admin. fee of $25.00

  • Cancellations received after the closing date and before the start of the show will forfeit their entries except where a certificate of disability from a qualified veterinarian or physician is presented to the office before the start of classes.  A fee of $25.00 will be charged on these cancellations.

  • After the start of the show, a horse which has shown in one or more classes is eligible for a refund of 50% of the remaining class entry fees providing a veterinary or medical certificate is presented to the office prior to the end of the show. Stabling fees, administration fees, paramedic fees and EC drug testing fees will not be refunded.


Food Truck will be available on site.



We will try to accommodate your horse trailer parking preferences.  Horse trailers have priority parking near the stalls. Please be advised you may be asked to move based on availability.

Camping: RV’s allowed in designated area. No hookups, showers available in KRC Clubhouse.
No fires! Please collect all garbage.




“All horse entered in any class at a competition must have met the requirements of Article A519, Vaccinations. See Rules of Equestrian Canada, Section A, General Regulations, Article A519, Vaccinations.” (rule A602.8)


All horses attending Equestrian Canada sanctioned competitions must have been administered Equine Influenza and Equine Herpes Virus (1&4) vaccinations within 6 months (+21 days grace period) before arrival at the event. No horse shall receive vaccination within 7 days prior to arrival at the event. Horses not in compliance with this rule may be asked to leave the event site at the discretion of Competition Management.

The frequency of vaccine administration should be as recommended by the vaccine manufacturer or veterinarian. It is recommended that vaccines be administered by or under the direction of a veterinarian. Competition management may request supporting documentation confirming a horse’s compliance with mandatory vaccination requirements.

In the case of a horse that is unable to receive either of the vaccines, a letter from a veterinarian on official letterhead must be provided with the entry form, stating the horse cannot be vaccinated due to medical concerns. At the discretion of competition management, a log of the horse’s temperature prior to arrival at the event site or during the event can be requested.”




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