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VADA State Year-End Awards Overview and Requirements
 

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2021 VADA SILENT AUCTION DONORS

VADA would like to thank the following organizations and businesses for contributing to the silent auction at VADA’s 2021 banquet:

Karen Barnard (SVDA)

Siobhan Byrne/Qualia Dressage (NOVA)

Alison Douglas (Central)

Donna Gatchell/Donna Gatchell Dressage (NOVA)

Jessie Ginsburg (NOVA)

Michelle King (NOVA)

Bettina Longaker (Charlottesville)

Debbie Marriott/Brentwood Sporthorses Freestyle Design (NOVA)

Jane Palmer (Shen VADA)

Angela Stanaway (NE-VADA)

Year-End Awards Overview

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 to 30 November and is restricted to VADA competitors and volunteers.  The deadline for the Year-End Awards is 1 December 2022. 

 

Applicants may elect to complete the online form application and pdf supporting documents or complete the Year-End Report Form (published in the VADA 2022 Purple Book) with supporting documents. All information must be submitted electronically to Joann Collins, VADA Year-End Awards Chairperson, 4172 Range Road, Mechanicsville, VA 2311. Questions can be directed to Joann Collins at dressagevada@gmail.com, 443-756-3341. Nominees will receive notification of the receipt of the award package and 2022 award recipients will be notified no later than 31 December 2021.  A list of award recipients will be posted on the VADA website. 

VADA State 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.

  • 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 submitted with year-end awards application with photographer credit.

General 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.

Volunteer Requirements

Schooling and Licensed Show
In-Hand, DSHB General Requirements and Special Awards

Schooling Show

Ribbons will be awarded at each level (levels and Jr/Sr may be combined for MFS), divided into Junior/Young Rider (rider 21 or under as of Jan. 1, 2021) and Senior. Ribbons will be awarded to 10th place for Intro to 1st level, to 8th place for all other levels.
 
General Requirements
  • Tests must be judged by a USDF L graduate or a US Equestria r, R, or S judge.
  • Scores from virtual shows or fix-a-tests may not be used.

Intro through Fourth Level:

  • 4 scores all at the same level from tests ridden by the same horse/rider pair. ∙

  • Every score submitted must be 55% or higher.

  • At Intro Level, 1 score must be Intro B. Intro C is not required for Year-End Awards, but can be used.

For Training thru the Fourth level, 1 score must be from the highest test of the level.

  • FEI Levels, Musical Freestyles, Pas de Deux and Quadrille:

  • 3 scores all at the same level from tests ridden by the same horse/rider pair.

  • If submitting scores for Pas de Deux or Quadrille, all 3 scores submitted must be from the same horse/rider combination and the same team.

In-Hand and DSHB

 

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.

Licensed Show​

Ribbons will be awarded at each level (levels and Jr/Sr may be combined for MFS), divided into Junior/Young Rider (rider 21 or under as of Jan. 1, 2021) and Senior. For senior riders at USEF and FEI levels, an open and adult amateur will be pinned separately (must provide a copy of current US Equestrian AA card to be eligible, otherwise you will be pinned in open). Opportunity classes will count for the level being ridden and may be mixed with non-opportunity classes for purposes of achieving the required number of scores.

General Requirements:

  • Scores from all open shows (those without breed restrictions) will count toward awards.

  • Scores must be from at least 2 shows from at least 2 different judges.

  • If a test has been scored by more than one judge (i.e., judge at C and E), the combined average score as calculated at the show will count. The tests MAY NOT be counted individually.

 

Intro through Fourth Level:

  • 4 scores all at the same level from tests ridden by the same horse/rider pair.

  • 2 scores must be from the highest test of the level.

FEI Levels (including FEI young rider, junior, children, and pony); Paraequestrian:

  • 4 scores all at the same level from tests ridden by the same horse/rider pair.

 

Musical Freestyles (including USDF, FEI, Pas de Deux, and Quadrille)

  • 3 scores all at the same level from tests ridden by the same horse/rider pair.

  • If submitting scores for Pas de Deux or Quadrille, all 3 scores submitted must be from the same horse/rider combination and the same team.

 

Young Horse (including US Equestrian Four-Year-Old and FEI Five, Six, or Seven years old):

  • 3 scores all at the same level from tests ridden by the same horse/rider pair.

Special Awards - Trainer of the Year, High Score Adult Amateur and Bred in Virginia

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.

NOTE: THE SAME TRAINER CAN NOT WIN IN CONSECUTIVE YEARS.

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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Award Recipients 
1995 - Debbie Bowman and Bettina Longaker (CH)
1996 - Ann Edwards (SVDA)
1997 - Nancy Lowey (CH)
1998 - Catherine Sutton (CH)
1999 - Molly Layfield (Cent)
2000 - Marilyn Leonard (SVDA) 
2001 - Alison Head (Nova)
2002 - No Nominations
2003 - No Nominations
2004 - Barbara Ellis (FR)
2005 - Jessie Ginsburg (Nova) 
2006 - Peggy Minnich (FR)
2007 - Janice Mumford (SVDA)
2008 - Robin Dannels (Nova)
2009 - No Nominations
2010 - 
Sharon Ackley (FR) and Gardy Bloemers (CH)
2011 - Candy Allen (Nova)
2012 - Debbie Marriott (Nova)
2013 - Nicky Vogel (FR)
2014 - Alison Douglas (Cent)
2015 - Barbara Wiefelstede (Cent)
2916 - Robyn Nunnally (SVDA)
2017 - Sherri Booye (CH) and Beth Rippel (SVDA)
2018 - Michelle King (NOVA)
2019 - Bettina Longaker (CH)
2020 - Melyni Worth
2021 - Nancy Doody
2022 - To Be Announced at the Year End Awards

For anyone not fortunate enough to have known Shel, he was not only a gifted horseman and successful competitor but also a truly good sport and dedicated advocate to VADA. Shel was a seasoned competitor, having won the Gold and Silver Individual Medals in his last two years as a Young Rider at the NAYRC. He always rode to win, but never at the expense of his horse or another rider. Rather than “psyching” his fellow competitors, Shel was more likely to offer a helping hand or wish them luck. Furthermore, Shel was a tireless supporter of VADA. He served as President during some of our Association’s most difficult and trying times. It is largely due to his diplomacy and tenacity that VADA exists as it does today.

It is this spirit of unselfish good sportsmanship and generous volunteerism, which were so much a part of Shel’s nature, that VADA wishes to encourage and reward. If you are aware of a VADA member who is: 

  • Actively involved in any aspect of competition and/or VADA activities (e.g. rider, owner, trainer, coach, show mom/dad, spouse, offspring, VADA Board Member, VADA volunteer);

  • Actively involved in any aspect of competition and/or VADA activities (e.g. rider, owner, trainer, coach, show mom/dad, spouse, offspring, VADA Board Member, VADA volunteer);

  • Who consistently exhibits the characteristics of good sportsmanship and unselfish support of VADA and,

  • Has not received the Shel Gafford award within the past 10 years

 

Include in your nomination the person’s name, chapter affiliation, and a brief statement (200 words or less) explaining why you feel your nominee is deserving of this award.

 

Nominations must be received by 1 December 2022. The slate of nominations will be sent to the President of each Chapter, who shall, using the method they determine, poll the members of their Chapter and select their Chapter's choice for the award. In the event of a tie, the VADA Board of Directors shall select the winning nominee from the two candidates. Chapters MUST report their selections to Michelle King no later than 15 January 2022. The recipient will be notified that he/she will receive an award at the VADA banquet in February and will be encouraged to attend. The recipient will receive a special award and a check for $250.00. 

If you have questions, contact Michelle King amking91@verizon.net

Shel Gafford Memorial Award for "EXCELLENCE IN SPORTSMANSHIP" Annual Award

 
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