Summerland Dressage Club was founded in 1982 as the Lismore District Riding & Harness Club. It was not possible to establish permanent grounds in Lismore, so the Club had to find suitable grounds. The Club often organised dressage competitions associated with the local shows and were asked to help out at the Bangalow Show. This was the beginning of a fortunate association and in 1986 the Club's activities moved to the Bangalow Showground.
The name was changed to the Summerland Dressage Club in 1986 because Lismore was no longer the Club's base and it had become clear that dressage was becoming the main area of interest of the members. The Club has since gone from strength to strength over the years with a membership of over 80 riders and a strong commitee keeping the club alive.