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Recognized Show Awards

PVDA’s recognized show awards are awarded to any PVDA member who has ridden in a PVDA-Sponsored USEF Licensed/USDF Recognized Show. These awards are presented at the Annual Awards Banquet.

Doris Schadt Memorial Perpetual Trophy
Awarded at the Awards Banquet to the PVDA Junior or Young Rider with the highest percentage score at First Level (excluding Freestyle) earned at the Annual PVDA Spring Show.

June Robinson Memorial Perpetual Trophy
Awarded at the Awards Banquet to the PVDA Junior or Young Rider with the highest percentage score at Second Level (excluding Freestyle) earned at the Annual PVDA Spring Show. Note that the FEI Pony Team and Individual Tests are equivalent to USDF Second Level. Scores earned for FEI Pony Team and Individual Tests are eligible for this award.

Betty Thorpe Memorial Perpetual Trophy
Awarded at the Awards Banquet to the PVDA Adult Amateur with the highest percentage score at Fourth Level at the PVDA Ride for Life. Betty was a long time PVDA member and volunteer. Betty served on the PVDA board, as president (2006-2007 and 2010-2011) and secretary for years.

Special Year-End Awards

PVDA offers special year-end awards that can be awarded to PVDA members only. These awards are presented at the end of the show season at the Annual Awards Banquet.

Eastern Shore Chapter Perpetual Trophy
This trophy is awarded at the Awards Banquet. It is awarded to the horse/rider combination (Junior or Senior) with the highest average in the Year-End High Score Award program in Training Level who is not a previous recipient of this trophy.

Trespassers William Perpetual Trophy
This trophy is awarded at the Awards Banquet. It is awarded to either the Junior or Senior horse/rider combination with the highest average score (all test scores count, high and low scores are not dropped) in USDF Training through Fourth Level Musical Freestyle at PVDA Schooling Shows.

Year-End High Score Awards

Year-End High Score Awards are awarded at the end of the competition year to the horse and rider combination with the highest average score at each test level. The Year-End High Score Awards program is PVDA’s most popular awards program because riders do not need to submit their scores to receive an award. PVDA show scores are automatically collected from show managers throughout the show season, and the awards are given out at the end of the season at the Annual Awards Dinner. While these awards are commonly given for outstanding performance by a horse/rider combination, there are circumstances under which a rider may ride multiple horses and be eligible to receive an award. The award program rules and award eligibility requirements are outlined below.

I. General Rules

Scores from PVDA Shows
Only the scores earned at a PVDA Schooling Show or PVDA-sponsored USEF licensed / USDF recognized show will count towards a year-end high score award. Scores earned at other shows, such as (but not limited to) PVDA Chapter Schooling Shows, other schooling shows, Chapter Challenge, other USEF licensed / USDF recognized show do not count towards a PVDA year-end high score award.

Competition Year
The competition year ends on October 31 of each calendar year. Any scores earned after that date will count towards the following year. It is the rider’s responsibility to make sure their show scores have been recorded correctly. All scores become final by December 1. Riders can click here to check their scores!

Determination of Award Recipients
After October 31, the year-end high score awards coordinator begins tabulating the show season scores to determine the award winners. Awards winners will be determined by December 1st of each calendar year. At that time, no additional scores may be considered and the placings are final.

Average Score
Year-end high score awards are awarded based on the average score from the same horse/rider combination* at PVDA Shows including musical freestyles, Pas de Deux, Quadrille, Dressage Seat Equitation, eventing, western and FEI tests. The average score at each level must be 55.000% or higher.

*unless the "Multiple Horse Clause" applies

No Repeat Winners
Once a horse/rider combination wins a first place award in any division of any level, that horse/rider combination is no longer eligible to win any award at that level.

Splitting or Combining Classes
PVDA reserves the right to split or combine levels and divisions without notice.
Definitions:

  • Junior 10 and under: A junior rider aged 10 years or younger at the start of the competition year.
  • Junior Rider: A rider age 17 years or younger at the start of the competition year.
  • Young Rider: A rider age 18 through 21 years at the start of the competition year.
  • JYR: A Junior Rider or a Young Rider.
  • Adult Amateur (AA) Rider: A rider aged 22 or older that conforms with USEF GR1306 throughout the entire competition year.
  • Professional Ride or Open: A rider aged 22 or older that is not an Adult Amateur, as defined in USEF GR1306, during any part of the competition year.

Volunteer Service or Sponsorship
As an all-volunteer organization, PVDA could not offer schooling shows, recognized shows, and educational and special events without members who are willing to give PVDA few hours of volunteer service each year. PVDA asks each rider to give at least 8 hours of volunteer service during the competition year in order to be eligible to enjoy the recognition of receiving a year end high score award. These hours go a long way toward ensuring that PVDA can continue to provide quality shows, events and services to its members. If a rider is unable to do their volunteer service, an immediate family member may perform the 8 hours of service for them, just be sure you let the volunteer coordinator at the show or event know this so that the correct person is credited for those hours.

All volunteer service hours performed by riders (or one of the rider’s immediate family members) at PVDA-sponsored shows and events will count towards the volunteer service requirement for the year-end awards. It is the rider’s responsibility to make sure their volunteer hours have been recorded correctly. Riders can check their volunteer hours online here at the PVDA website. If there are any errors in the hours shown on the website, send use the CONTACT US form by clicking here.

Volunteer hours performed at other events such as chapter shows or other schooling shows and at non-PVDA licensed/recognized shows, and volunteer hours performed by the rider’s friends or distant relatives do not count toward PVDA year-end awards.

Silver Sponsorship (Alternative to Volunteer Service Requirement)
Sponsorship of any PVDA show or event at the Silver Sponsor Level or above ($100 or more) will meet the Volunteer Service or Sponsorship year-end award eligibility requirement.

Award Classes and Divisions
PVDA year-end high score awards are awarded to the horse and rider combinations in the classes shown below. With the exception of USDF Introductory Level and Dressage Seat Equitation, all classes are awarded in Junior/Young Rider, Adult Amateur, and Professional divisions. USDF Introductory Level is awarded in Junior 10 and Under, Junior/Young Rider, and Adult divisions. Dressage Seat Equitation is awarded in Junior/Young Rider and Adult division.

Classes Offered

  1.  USDF Introductory Level
  2.  USEF Training Level
  3.  USEF First Level
  4.  USEF Second Level
  5.  USEF Third Level
  6.  USEF Fourth Level
  7.  USDF Musical Freestyle, USDF Pas de Deux and USDF Quadrille
  8.  USEA All Levels, Beginner Novice through Advanced
  9.  WDAA Western Dressage all levels
  10.  FEI All Levels, Prix St. Georges through Grand Prix Special and Musical Freestyle.
  11.  Dressage Seat Equitation
  12. New in 2019 - Leadline!

II Year-End Award Eligibility Requirements

Classes 1-3: USDF Introductory Level, USEF Training Level and USEF First Level

To be eligible for an award in one of these classes, the rider must:

  • Be a PVDA member
  • Have a minimum of 7 test scores from the same horse/rider combination at PVDA shows. However, under certain circumstances described in the “Multiple Horse Clause”, a rider may ride more than one horse and still fulfill this eligibility requirement.
  • Have test scores from at least 2 different tests within the level
  • Have a final average score of 55.000% or higher
  • Have given a minimum of 8 hours of volunteer service at any PVDA show or event, or be a Silver Sponsor (or higher) at any PVDA show or event.

Classes 4-6: USEF Second Level, USEF Third Level and USEF Fourth Level

To be eligible for an award in one of these classes, the rider must:

  • Be a PVDA member
  • Have a minimum of 5 test scores from the same horse/rider combination at PVDA shows. However, under certain circumstances described in the “Multiple Horse Clause”, a rider may ride more than one horse and still fulfill this eligibility requirement.
  • Have test scores from at least 2 different tests within the level
  • Have a final average score of 55.000% or higher
  • Have given a minimum of 8 hours of volunteer service at any PVDA show or event, or be a Silver Sponsor (or higher) at any PVDA show or event.

Classes 7: USDF Musical Freestyle, USDF Pas de Deux and USDF Quadrille

To be eligible for an award in one of these classes, the rider must:

  • Be a PVDA member
  • Have a minimum of 3 test scores from the same horse/rider combination at PVDA shows
  • Have a final average score of 55.000% or higher
  • Have given a minimum of 8 hours of volunteer service at any PVDA show or event, or be a Silver Sponsor (or higher) at any PVDA show or event.

Class 8: USEA All Levels: USEA Beginner Novice through Advanced Level

To be eligible for an award in this class, the rider must:

  • Be a PVDA member
  • Have a minimum of 7 test scores from the same horse/rider combination at PVDA shows (for Beginner Novice through Training Level), or minimum of 5 test scores from the same horse/rider combination at PVDA shows (for Preliminary through Advanced Level). However, under certain circumstances described in the “Multiple Horse Clause”, a rider may ride more than one horse and still fulfill this eligibility requirement.
  • Have test scores from at least 2 different tests within the level
  • Have a final average score of 45 penalty points or less.
  • Have given a minimum of 8 hours of volunteer service at any PVDA show or event, or be a Silver Sponsor (or higher) at any PVDA show or event.

Class 9: WDAA Western Dressage All Levels Basic through Level 4

To be eligible for an award in this class, the rider must:

  • Be a PVDA member
  • Have a minimum of 7 test scores from the same horse/rider combination at PVDA shows (for Basic through First Level), or a minimum of 5 test scores from the same horse/rider combination at PVDA shows (for Level 2 through Level 4). However, under certain circumstances described in the “Multiple Horse Clause”, a rider may ride more than one horse and still fulfill this eligibility requirement.
  • Have test scores from at least 2 different tests within the level
  • Have a final average score of 55.000% or higher.
  • Have given a minimum of 8 hours of volunteer service at any PVDA show or event, or be a Silver Sponsor (or higher) at any PVDA show or event.

Class 10: FEI Prix St. Georges through FEI Grand Prix Special and FEI Musical Freestyle

To be eligible for an award in this class, the rider must:

  • Be a PVDA member
  • Have a minimum of 3 test scores from the same horse/rider combination at PVDA shows
  • Have a final average score of 55.000% or higher
  • Have given a minimum of 8 hours of volunteer service at any PVDA show or event, or be a Silver Sponsor (or higher) at any PVDA show or event.

Class 11: Dressage Seat Equitation

To be eligible for an award in this class, the rider must:

  • Be a PVDA member
  • Have ridden in a minimum of 3 different PVDA shows
  • Have a minimum of 3 scores from any horse/rider combinations.
  • Have given a minimum of 8 hours of volunteer service at any PVDA show or event, or be a Silver Sponsor (or higher) at any PVDA show or event.

Class 12: Leadline - Coming in 2019

To be eligible for an award in this class, the rider must:

  • Be a PVDA member
  • Have ridden in a minimum of 3 different PVDA shows
  • Scores must be from Leadline Test B
  • Have a minimum of 3 scores from the same horse/rider. However, under certain circumstances described in the “Multiple Horse Clause”, a rider may ride more than one horse and still fulfill this eligibility requirement.
  • Have given a minimum of 8 hours of volunteer service at any PVDA show or event, or be a Silver Sponsor (or higher) at any PVDA show or event.

Multiple Horse Clause
If a rider meets all of the eligibility requirements for their class except the requirement for a minimum number of test scores from the same horse/rider combination, then, 1 or 2 (depending on the class) test scores that were earned by the rider on a different horse at the same level at PVDA shows, may be counted to satisfy the minimum requirement for the number of test scores for their class.

For the classes that require a minimum of 7 test scores from the same horse/rider combination, up to 2 test scores from qualifying tests ridden on a different horse, or horses, may be counted, only if 1 or 2 test scores are necessary to satisfy the requirement for a minimum number of 7 test scores.

For the classes that require a minimum of 5 test scores from the same horse/rider combination, 1 test score from a qualifying test ridden on a different horse may be counted, only if 1 test score is necessary to satisfy the requirement for a minimum number of 5 test scores.

If scores from tests ridden on different horses are used to satisfy the eligibility requirements for the class, those scores cannot be used to qualify for any other year end high score award.

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