Dressage show hosted by the Windsor-Essex Canadian Dressage Owners and Riders Association


Mikayla Ingratta rides Mysha as part of a CADORA competition held in McGregor last Sunday.

Mikayla Ingratta rides Mysha as part of a CADORA competition held in McGregor last Sunday.

Kelsey Bellemore riding On The Rox

Kelsey Bellemore riding On The Rox

By RTT Staff


Some of the area’s finest dressage riders had a chance to show their skills Sunday in McGregor.

The Windsor-Essex CADORA (Canadian Dressage Owners and Riders Association) held a dressage show at the Windsor-Essex Therapeutic Riding Association (WETRA) grounds with the local CADORA president stating it was one of the five competitions they will hold this season.

“This is an Equine Canada bronze competition,” said president Jen Bauermann.

Bauermann added Sunday’s event was also considered a schooling show.

“This is for our area club,” she added, noting that competitors came from across the Windsor-Essex County region.

Riders and their horses were scored by judge Alison Banbury on such skills as trot, circle and halt, with show co-ordinator Mary McCarthy stating 32 competitors took part in all. There was a test the riders had to complete as part of their entry and McCarthy said balance, rhythm and connection with the horse are the keys to the sport.

“Dressage is doing intricate movements with a minimum amount of guidance,” McCarthy explained.

Riders have to learn how to ask a horse to do the movements needed while the horse has to learn the movements and how to respond to what is being asked of them, she added.

The Windsor-Essex CADORA also participates in the Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP), which enables thoroughbred horses to take part in dressage once they retire from the track.

“It’s an excellent program,” said McCarthy. “It gets horses out there and shown and hopefully not to market.”

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