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Equestrian Canada – Ottawa, ON, July 5, 2018 – Equestrian Canada (EC) is delighted to announce that Claire Vessey of Sooke, BC has been selected as the June 2018 recipient of the Dressage Volunteer of the Month Award.

Vessey has worked tirelessly as a dressage volunteer for more than thirty years in the Victoria area. She has been the Western Vice President of CADORA Inc. for many years, and currently acts as National Awards Coordinator. Vessey has held almost every director capacity possible for the Victoria-Saanich CADORA Society, including several years as President, and Chair of their annual Capital City Classic Dressage Competition.

In her diligent manner, Vessey has organized the annual CADORA Inc. Victoria clinic with FEI 5* Dressage Judge and Dressage Judge General, Stephen Clarke (GBR). Her thoughtfulness and care ensures that Clarke, whom CADORA Inc. has hosted for thirteen years of clinics, enjoys the utmost comfort, privacy, and professionalism during his visits.

An EC certified Competition Coach, Vessey is also heavily involved with the Elk/Beaver Lake Equestrian Society – a public equestrian facility built, organized and operated by a small group of volunteers – and is the barn manager of a private equestrian facility. Students, competitors, fellow organizers and volunteers alike have all been touched by her selfless love of horses and dressage.

EC commends Vessey for her long-time support of the local dressage community and beyond. It is the enthusiasm and contributions of volunteers such as Vessey that allow the sport of dressage to thrive.

If you know of a volunteer who deserves recognition, nominations are quick and easy through the EC website. Nominations for the award are accepted until the 20th day of each month, making July 20th the next deadline to submit the name of a volunteer who has made a difference to the sport of dressage. Questions and comments on the Dressage Volunteer of the Month Award can be directed to Christine Peters at

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PHOTO – Claire Vessey of Sooke, BC has been recognized as the June 2018 Dressage Volunteer of the Month for donating countless hours to CADORA Inc. and local equestrian facilities and shows.

PHOTO CREDIT – Courtesy of Lorna Moth


EC Media Contact /
Personne-ressource de CE pour les médias :
Jessie Christie