LVDA Year-End Award Program
Opportunities, Qualification Requirements & Documentation

Note:  The LVDA provides two Award Program opportunities (The Year-End Award Program and The Show Award Program) with each program consisting of two divisions (Adult Division, and Youth Division). 

 
  
Year-End Awards Program 

To be eligible for the LVDA Year-End Awards you must be a current LVDA member 
at the time you obtain your qualifying scores. 
Send any questions you may have about the Qualifying Requirements to  AwardsCommittee@lvda.org 

The Year-End Award program has eight (8) award categories with Special Awards and Ribbons for each category. Each award category has specific qualifying criteria, with several of the categories having multiple levels of awards to be awarded.

The Available Year-End Awards and their eligibility requirements are:


LVDA Year-End Schooling Show Awards 
  
Awards and Ribbons will be given in both the Adult Division and Youth Division for the following placings and levels:
  • Placings:  Champion, Reserve Champion, 3rd - 6th place 
  • Levels:  Intro A & B combined, Pre-Training (Intro C & Training Test 1 combined), Training Level (All tests), First Level, Second Level, Third Level, Fourth Level, Prix St Georges, I-1, I-2, and Grand Prix
Qualifying Requirements:
  • You must have three (3) scores that average a minimum of 60%, within the same level, from two (2) different judges ("L" Graduate or higher)
    • One of the 3 scores must be from the highest test of the level. Examples:
      • Intro A & B - 1 of the 3 scores must be from Intro B.
      • Pre-Training (Intro C & Training 1 combined) - 1 of the 3 scores must be from Training 1.
      • Training Level, First Level, Second Level, Third Level or Fourth Level - All 3 scores must be from the levels tests (1,2,3) with 1 of the scores from Test 3 of the respective level.
    • Two (2) of the three (3) required scores must be obtained from an LVDA-hosted Schooling Show, and the third may be from another local GMO-hosted Schooling Show (ESDCTA, French Creek, etc). 
  • All 3 qualifying scores must have been from competitions within the current calendar year
  • A horse may compete with more than one rider, or the rider may compete with more than one horse, but the average will be calculated on each horse and rider combination.   The owner, if different from the rider, need not be a LVDA member.
  • Neither Fix-A-Test scores nor Team Competition scores may be used for these awards.

LVDA Year-End Recognized Show Awards
  
Awards and Ribbons will be given for the following placings and levels in both the Adult Division and Youth Divisions:
  • Placings:  Champion, Reserve Champion, 3rd - 6th place 
  • Levels: Training Level, First Level, Second Level, Third Level, Fourth Level, Prix St Georges, I-1, I-2, Grand Prix and Musical Freestyle (any level)
Qualifying Requirements:
  • To be eligible for these awards you must have competed at USEF/USDF Recognized Show competitions within the LVDA calendar year. *Scores do not need to be received from LVDA hosted Recognized Shows.*
  • You must submit a copy of the front of your tests, with a minimum of three scores (3) from two (2) different judges within the same level.
  • Awards will be based on the highest average of 3 rides within the same level, minimum average score of 60%.  
  • One of the scores must be from the highest test of the level (ie. Test 3 of Training Level).   Scores may be from Opportunity Classes.
  • A horse may compete with more than one rider, or the rider may compete with more than one horse, but the average will be calculated for each horse and rider combination.   The owner, if different from the rider, need not be a LVDA member.

LVDA Adult High Score Award
  
Awards and Ribbons will be given for Adult riders who have received the single highest score at an LVDA-hosted Show during the LVDA show season at each of the following levels:
  • Adult High Score Intro/Training
  • Adult High Score First & Above
Qualifying Requirements:
  • Strictly based on scores received and recorded at LVDA-hosted shows.
  • For competition purposes competitors shall compete as Adults from the beginning of the calendar year in which they reach the age of 22. 
  • Rider must be a current LVDA member at the time the score was achieved. The owner, if different from the rider, does not need to be an LVDA member.

LVDA Youth High Score Award
  
Awards and Ribbons will be given for Youth riders who have received the single highest score at an LVDA-hosted Show during the LVDA show season at each of the following levels:
  • Youth High Score Intro/Training
  • Youth High Score First & Above 
Qualifying Requirements:
  • Strictly based on scores received and recorded at LVDA-hosted shows.
  • Individuals are eligible as Youths until the end of the calendar year in which they reach the age of 21.
  • Must be a current LVDA member at the time the score was achieved. The owner, if different from the rider, does not need to be an LVDA member. 
LVDA Vintage Rider High Score Award 
  
This award and ribbon will be presented to a rider who:
  • Is 55 years of age or older at the time they achieved their scores
  • Has received three (3) scores that average a minimum of 60% from LVDA-hosted shows during the current calendar year.
This award is based on scores received by the rider, the horse does not need to be the same for each score.

This award may be won by the same individual a maximum of 3 times.

Qualifying Requirements:
  • Submit a copy of the front of the three (3) tests and proof of age.  

LVDA Rider Achievement Awards
Scores must be obtained within the past 5 years.
  • Bronze Medal: six (6) scores at Training Level
  • Silver Medal: three (3) scores at First Level and three (3) scores at Second Level
  • Gold Medal: three (3) scores at Third Level and three (3) scores at Fourth Level

Qualifying Requirements:

  • To be eligible, submit a copy of the front of six (6) tests from LVDA-hosted events with a minimum average score of 60%.
  • The rider can achieve this award on more than one horse; however, a rider may only earn one Medal at each level.


Amy Mende Volunteer of the Year Award
The Amy Mende Volunteer of the Year Award is presented to an LVDA member who has volunteered his or her time throughout the current calendar year.   It is presented and named in honor of Amy Mende who was a tireless volunteer and beloved member of LVDA.
The recipient of this award is selected by the Awards Committee although nominations are accepted from the membership.
  
LVDA Special Recognition Awards
This award will be given to an individual (non-LVDA member or LVDA member) or a group who has made major contributions to the LVDA for the current calendar year.
  • Current members may nominate individuals or groups for this award.
  • Recipients of this award are selected by the Awards Committee.
  • The Awards Committee may elect to award multiple Recognition Awards in any given year.





Year-End Awards Documentation 



1. Compile copies of the front of your test sheets (including name of show, date, judge, test, score, etc.)   Note: These sheets may be requested by LVDA if our records do not match the data indicated on the application form.
  • If you are using scores received from Non-LVDA shows you MUST send copies of the front of those test sheets to the Membership Secretary, Patty Weston, after submitting your application form.
2. Riders must be current LVDA members (dues paid) at the time the scores are obtained. Scores received prior to membership will not be counted. Awards committee must be able to physically verify receipt of membership application and dues paid to verify the official membership date.

3. Review the Accumulated Hours Volunteer data we have posted on the Volunteering web page for accuracy. This listing will be used to verify if you have the required number of hours for the award(s) you are applying for. If you believe we are missing some of your volunteer hours let us know at lvdapa@lvda.org
  • Eight (8) volunteer hours are required to apply for each Year End Award (including 4 Physical/Hands-On hours).   
  • See information below regarding Volunteer Hours.
4. Complete the Year-End Awards Online Application Form. Multiple Online Forms may be submitted if applying for multiple awards.

5. Send any required documentation listed above to:  Patty Weston, 1220 Fairview Circle, Stewartsville, NJ 08886  

          Completed applications must be submitted by November 15.

          The electronic date and time stamp created by the online form upon
          submission will be used to verify the date the application was officially received.

          Volunteer Hour Requirements for Year-End Awards (Complete information on volunteer hours may be found on the Volunteering page)

          • Volunteer hours must be earned within the current calendar year
          • There are two methods of obtaining volunteer hours: Physical/Hands-On Activities and Supporting Activities.
          • Eight (8) volunteer hours are required to apply for each Year-End Award.  
            • At least four (4) of the eight (8) hours required for each award must be from Physical/Hands-On Activities at LVDA events.
            • The other four (4) hours for each award may be from Supporting Activities and can be from volunteer hours transferred to you.
          • Transfer of Volunteer Hours 
            • An LVDA member may accept a maximum of 8 transferred volunteer hours
            • Transferred volunteer hours count as Supporting Activities hours.
            • Transferred hours may be applied as in the following examples:
              • If a member only has 4 Physical Activities hours they can still apply for a Year-End award using transferred hours, which would give them
                the required 8 hrs for an award (4 personal Physical/Hands-on Activities hours and 4 transferred Supporting Activities hours)
              • If a member has 8 Physical/Hands-on Activities hours and wants to apply for 2 Year-End awards, they can use 4 Supporting Acitivities hours transferred to them by two separate members or 8 Supporting Activities hours transferred to them by a family member to equal the required 8 hrs for each award (4 personal Physical/Hands-on Activities hours and 4 transferred Supporting Activities hours for each award).
            • Transfer Volunteer Hours via Volunteer Hours Transfer Form