Strategic Review of Australian Dressage Planned

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The future of Australian dressage from grassroots to high performance will be reviewed by Equestrian Australia and the Dressage Committee to draw up a strategic plan for the future of the sport.

The review will begin with a strategic planning session Sept. 23 with the dressage committee and other key groups from the dressage community such as clubs, athletes, coaches, high performance personnel and event organizers aiming to establish what federation Chairman Dr Warwick Vale described as “common goals and a vision between all key groups.”

“The strategic planning day is phase one in what will be a series of steps we’re taking to develop a long term plan for dressage sport in Australia,” he said. “This is not just about high performance and our Australian teams, but rather the whole of dressage sport from grassroots clubs right through.

“There are some great things happening in dressage at all levels of the sport and by the ADC–this is about bringing all those groups together to work on some common goals.”

Dressage Committee Chair Mary Seefried said the committee was eager to work with the federation board and other groups to help build strong foundations for growth in the sport.

“We want a vision for dressage sport that will help drive participation, growth as well as build financial sustainability,” she said.

“Having strong business plans to better support clubs, athletes, officials and events will drive positive outcomes for our sport.”

The review will cover a range of topics from grassroots participation, development of a business plan, fundraising, club and event development and high performance beyond the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.