Equestrian Skills Development competitions (ESD) are horse shows that are approved and sanctioned by Ontario Equestrian at the schooling level.
ESD competitions are the perfect place for horse and rider to gain show ring experience. They provide a more relaxed environment, allowing competitors to gain valuable experience and build their confidence in the show ring.
ESD competitions are permitted to use Equestrian Canada “r” status judges for Hunter/Jumper, up to and including “B” status judges for Dressage and OE accredited officials. By using qualified officials, competitors can be sure they will receive the same quality of judging as when they compete at EC bronze or silver level competitions. All riders and horse owners are required to have (only) a valid Ontario Equestrian membership in order to compete at ESD competitions. This requirement guarantees all horses and riders are insured as a safety precaution.