Hunter Valley Dressage Association was founded on the 2nd June 1976 by a group of enthusiastic equestrians and held its first meeting on the 7th July 1976. The club consisted of members;

Over the years the club has seen many changes, including numerous venues, but has gone from little beginnings to what we have today; with tests from Prep to Grand Prix, along with Young Horse, Protocol and Para/Equibility classes. It is amazing what a group of dedicated people can achieve when they put their ideas together. Without such people starting this club we would not have the friendly and supportive dressage events we continue to enjoy.

Lois Howe was elected to look after the canteen from the very beginning, and a Burgundy and Beef BBQ at $3.00 per person was the order of the day. Lois continued making lovely lunches for over 30 years - her dedication and loyalty cement her as a legend of HVDA. Her passing in 2022 saw the establishment of the Lois Howe Memorial Prix St Georges Challenge, where the club awards substantial prize money to the highest scoring entrants at PSG level, in memory of Lois and her riding in the club's early days.

Competitions were initially held at Barnsley/Holmesville, Mt Hutton Pony Club and in 1978 the first Dressage Competition was held at Maitland Showground. At this stage Driven Dressage was even introduced.

In 1981 Hunter Valley Dressage held its first Championships and in 1983 lodged a successful application to hold the State Championships.

In 2000 we lost the use of Maitland Showground and the Championships were held at Bradley Park (Polo Cross Grounds) that year and the club remained there for many years, before moving to our current location at Salt Ash Sportsground.

Today, we are kindly looked after with catering and coffee by the Rotary Club of Medowie-Williamtown. This arrangement supports the excellent work of Rotary, and keeps our riders and supporters fed and hydrated.