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Virginia Dressage Association

Building and Sustaining a Strong Dressage Community 

VADA State Board Zoom Meeting

28 October 2021

8:00 p.m.

Zoom Link

October 2021 News and Announcements

Great American Insurance Group/

USDF Region 1 Dressage Championships and VADA Fall Competition

Recap and Victory Lap Around the Show Grounds

Show Program

Award Finals



VADA is soliciting chapter nominations for the 2021 "VADA Shel Gafford Memorial Award for EXCELLENCE IN SPORTSMANSHIP". The deadline to submit a nomination is 1 December 2021. Check with your chapter to confirm the chapter nomination deadline.

Shel Gafford Memorial Award for EXCELLENCE IN SPORTSMANSHIP Description and

Nomination Application

VADA State 2021 Year-End Awards

Annually, the Virginia Dressage Association recognizes rider and horse achievements (schooling and licensed), In-Hand/Dressage Sport Horse Breeding (DSHB), volunteers for their hard work throughout the year at a Chapter and State level, "Trainer of the Year", "The High Score Adult Amateur Award" and "Breed in Virginia" which goes to the rider, not breeder or owner. Other VADA Awards include the "Chapter Volunteer of the Year Award", "Chapter President's Award", and "Chapter Newsletter Editor's Award".

For 2021, the application process has changed. Applicants must complete the online form application and pdf supporting documents. Click on the button below to submit an application. If you have questions, they may be directed to Joann Collins, VADA Year-End Chairperson, at [email protected].

The deadline to submit an application is 1 December 2021.

2021 Year-End Awards Description 

Year-End Awards Online Application

Save the Date VADA Members!

2021 Year-End Awards 

6 February 2022

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

GreenCroft Club, Charlottesville, VA

2021 Year-End Award

Banquet Details and Online Ticket Purchase

USDF Region 1 News and


​​USDF Region 1 - A  Message From the Director

Bettina Longaker

USDF Region 1 October Message from the Region Director

Dates to Remember

USDF Region 1

2021 USEF/NAYC Dressage Qualifying

Calendar Shows

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For complete details on GMO Membership,

 click on USDF logo.

Virginia Dressage Association

Virginia Dressage Association (VADA) is a Group Member Organization (GMO) of the United States Dressage Federation (USDF). VADA is made up of eight chapters: Central (VADA-CC), Charlottesville (VADA-CH), Fredricksburg (VADAF), Northeast (VADA-NE), Northern Virginia (VADA/NOVA), Shenandoah Valley (ShenVADA), Southeast (SVDA), and Southwest (SWVADA).

VADA offers educational opportunities in the form of scholarships, clinics, recognized shows, and schooling shows for its members. VADA recognizes rider achievements through the Year-End Awards Program

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"The greatest joy on earth is found on the back of a horse."

---Goethe (1749-1832)