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Virginia Dressage Association

Year-End Awards

In-Hand and DSHB and Special Awards and Application

In-Hand and DSHB

(Licensed Shows Only)

Year-End Awards Online Application

(Licensed and Schooling)

In-Hand/Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Class Form

(Licensed Shows)

(PDF Download)

Ribbons will be awarded for all in-hand/breed show classes combined (young horse, mature mare, stallion).

General Requirements:

  • The owner must be a VADA member at the time the score is earned.
  • If a test has been scored by more than one judge, the combined average score as calculated at the show will count. The scores MAY NOT be counted individually.
  • Class may be open or IBC.
  • Materiale and other under saddle classes DO NOT count toward this award. ∙
  • Amateur handler scores DO NOT count toward this award.
  • 2 scores are required, by the same horse.
  • Scores must be earned at Licensed Shows.

Special Awards

Trainer of the Year

High Score Adult Amateur 

Bred in Virginia

Competitors do not submit for any of these awards individually. These awards are based upon year-end award submissions that meet all of the general eligibility requirements as well as those specific to each of these awards where the necessary documentation has been provided.


Trainer of the Year

To be awarded annually to the trainer whose students have achieved success during the year at schooling or licensed shows. Award will be given to the trainer with the highest average student score as determined below: Note: No special form needs to be completed, simply include the name of your primary trainer where indicated on the award report form for schooling and/or licensed shows.

No special form needs to be complete, including the name of the primary trainer where indicated on the award report form for schooling and/or licensed shows. 

  • The trainer must be a VADA member.
  • The average score as submitted for schooling or licensed shows for each student will be the score used.
  • The three highest average scores from students will be added and averaged to determine the trainer score.
  • Scores can be from either schooling or licensed shows, but scores can only be counted from each student once.
  • Freestyle scores are not eligible.
  • One student must be riding First Level or above.
  • No more than one student at Intro Level can be counted. 


The High Score Adult Amateur Award

To be awarded annually to the adult amateur with the highest average score earned at licensed shows. One award will be given at US Equestrian levels and one award for FEI levels.

  • Must be an adult amateur with USDF and US Equestrian (Must include a copy of Adult Amateur card or USDF printout with Amateur status verification with year-end award submission).
  • The same horse/rider combination is only eligible to win in either the US Equestrian or FEI category.
  • Freestyle scores are not eligible.
  • Intro Level is excluded from this award.

Bred in Virginia (Award goes to rider, not breeder or owner)

To be awarded annually to the horse/rider combination with the highest average at licensed shows riding a horse that was bred in Virginia.

  • The horse must have been bred in Virginia (must include a copy of breed registration or other documentation showing the horse was bred in Virginia as part of the awards packet submission).
  • The rider must be a member and meet volunteer requirements.
  • Freestyle scores are not eligible.

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a non-profit organization

a Group Member Organization (GMO) of the United States Dressage Federation (USDF)