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Virginia Dressage Association

Year-End Awards

 Year-End Awards Program Overview and General Requirements

Year-End Awards Online Application

(Licensed and Schooling)

VADA Volunteer 2021 Work Requirement Composite

Year-End Awards

Validation by 

27 November 2021

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Schooling Shows Form

Licensed Shows Form

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In-Hand/Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Class Form

(Licensed Shows)

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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".

The award year runs from 1 December - 30 November and is restricted to VADA competitors and volunteers. General requirements for all VADA Year-End Awards and award descriptions. The deadline for the 2021 Year-End Awards is 1 December 2021. 

For 2021, the application process has been revised. Applicants may elect to complete the online form application and pdf supporting documents or complete the Year-End Report Form (published in the 2021 Purple Book) with supporting documents.

All information must be submitted either electronically or by mail to Joann Collins, VADA Year-End Chairperson, 4172 Range Road, Mechanicsville, VA 2311. Questions can be directed to Joann Collins at [email protected], 443-756-3341.

Nominees will receive notification of the receipt of the award package and 2021 award recipients will be notified no later than 31 December 2021.  

VADA State 2021 Work Requirement Composite

As part of the year-end Awards application process, volunteering at least one day at a VADA event, and half-day of volunteer time with the local chapter is a requirement for all awards. It is requested members validate hours captured on the spreadsheet (click on the link at the top of the page).  If you see any issues, please email [email protected].  If you want to give hours to a friend for year-end awards, please email [email protected].

General Requirements for All Awards

  • All competitors must be VADA members at the time of the competition.
  • All awards will be calculated by adding the horse/rider scores together and then dividing by the total number of tests ridden to result in an average score.
  • The awards year will run from December 1 —November 30.
  •  For all awards, scores must be earned from at least 2 different judges and at least 2 shows.
  • Every score submitted must be 55% or higher (schooling and licensed).
  •  Scores cannot be counted if your trainer is the judge.
  • Competitor photo included with photographer credit.

Volunteer Requirements

  • One day of volunteer time at a VADA event (i.e, Annual Banquet, Symposium, Chapter Challenge Schooling Show, DAL, GAiG's/VADA Fall Show Competition or other as approved by VADA President)
  • Half-day of volunteer time with the local chapter.
  • In the case of Pas de Deux or Quadrille awards, ALL riders of the team must satisfy volunteer requirements in order for the whole team to be eligible for award(s).
  • A rider DOES NOT have to do multiple days of volunteer time in order to submit awards with multiple horses, at multiple levels, or for schooling licensed and in-hand/breed awards.
  • Someone else may donate their volunteer time to another VADA competitor. However, it must be clearly indicated or noted on the chapter volunteer spreadsheet submitted to the VADA Year-End Awards Chairperson.  Note: The same volunteer time cannot be donated to multiple competitors.
  • There are no exceptions to these volunteer requirements.

2021 Annual Meeting and 2020 Year-End Awards

On 27 February 2021, VADA hosted its first virtual "Annual Meeting and "Year-End Awards" ceremony. Congratulations to all 2019 winning competitors and volunteers. Give a round of congrats! 

To view the evening's presentation, click here.  To view the composite award listing, click here.

VADA would like to acknowledge "Pics of You", photographer John Robinson, for the wonderful pictures of our winning competitors.

Virginia Dressage Association

2021 Annual Meeting and 2020 Year End Awards

Congratulations to VADA's 2019 award recipients!

Terry Adcock, Karen Barnard, Suzanne Cotter, Nina Cwieko, Tara Dean, Anne Draine, Donna Gatchell, Heidi Joi Gayle, Jessie Ginsburg, Robin Hazelwood-Grosenick, Charlene Jensen, Raina Sophia LaBonte, Diane Nathan, Lynn Ramsey, Katie Saucier, 

Cathy Scholten, Liberty Seaford, Madison Sexton, Anna Shores, Angela Stanaway, 

Gemma Stanley, Sophie-Ann Stremple. Marie Taylor, Carol Thomas, and Sandy Toby.

Nancy Doody Volunteer of the Year

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