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LVDA Year-End Awards Program

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

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 listed below:

To find out what documentation is required to apply for a year end award go to the Year End Awards Documentation webpage.

 

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:  Leadline, 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:

 

  • 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 except for Leadline where only three (3) scores from Leadline tests are required.
      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 through Fourth Level - All 3 scores must be from the levels tests 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 scores from Fix-A-Tests nor Team Competition 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.

  • Neither scores from Fix-A-Tests nor Team Competitions may be used for these awards.

  • Scores received from a Musical Freestyle may only be used for a Musical Freestyle award.  

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.

 

LVDA Achievement Ribbon


There are two ways of receiving a LVDA Achievement Ribbon Award:

  • An LVDA member can apply for an Achievement Ribbon Award if he or she does not have enough qualifying scores to apply for a Year-End Award.

  • An LVDA member will automatically receive an Achievement Ribbon if he or she has applied for a Year-End Schooling Show Award and does not place for that award.

If an LVDA member has received a Year-End Award for a specific level, he or she is no longer eligible to apply for an Achievement Award at that level with the same horse.

 

Achievement Ribbon Requirements: (if you are applying for an Achievement Ribbon)

Submit One (1) score from:


• Intro A/B, Pre-Training, Training through Second Level - minimum score of 60%


• Third Level and Above – minimum score of 58%

 

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 may 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.