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The PVDA Rider Achievement Awards Program, which was initiated in 2005, recognizes riders for attaining scores earned at PVDA schooling shows and USEF licensed/ USDF recognized shows representative of proficiency at each level. This is a rider award - scores may be earned by the rider on different horses or over the course of more than one year. However, scores are eligible only if you are a PVDA Member at the time of earning the scores. Riders are awarded a certificate and an attractive lapel pin. Riders will receive their awards as soon as they meet the qualifications and submit an application. All Rider Achievement Award Winners are recognized at the annual Awards Banquet. An additional benefit of being recognized as proficient at a level is that you may be called upon to be a demonstration rider for PVDA clinics!

There are 12 separate awards for scores earned at PVDA schooling shows and USEF Licensed/USDF Recognized shows for Introductory thru Fourth Level. The scores may be earned at any PVDA-sponsored schooling show (with the exception of chapter shows), or any open licensed/recognized dressage shows (except breed-restricted shows).

This award program was begun on January 1, 2005. Only scores after that date are eligible for award consideration. (Note that Third and Fourth Level awards were added to this awards program in 2012, and Introductory Level at licensed/recognized shows awards were added to this program in 2014. Therefore, any Third and Fourth Level score earned prior to 2012, and any Introductory Level score at a licensed/recognized show earned prior to 2014, are not considered qualifying scores.)

Qualifying scores are as follows:

  • USDF Introductory Level – 65%
  • USEF Training Level – 63%
  • USEF First Level – 62%
  • USEF Second Level and above – 60%

Number of Scores – Four qualifying scores are required for each award.

Required Number of Judges – The scores must have been earned under at least three different judges and from at least two different shows. All schooling show scores must be from at least an “L” judge in order to qualify.

Current Membership is Required – You can take as long as you like to earn the scores, ride different horses, and can earn awards at as many levels as you like, as long as you are a PVDA member at the time the scores were earned. If a rider joins PVDA midway through the year, any scores earned previous to his or her membership date (or during a lapsed period of membership) will NOT be considered qualifying scores.

Proof of Membership is Required – If a rider submit scores earned over the course of multiple years, the rider must provide proof of membership during the years the scores were earned. PVDA is not responsible for providing proof of membership.

Number of Awards – The Rider Achievement award may be earned once per level per rider for schooling shows and once per level per rider for licensed/recognized shows. Since this is a rider award, scores earned on different horses are permitted.

Rider Responsibility – The rider/member is solely responsible for reporting qualifying scores to the PVDA Rider Achievement Awards Program Coordinator.

How to Apply – Scores are reported by sending a Rider Achievement Award Score Report Form, a copy of each qualifying test (no originals please), and a copy of PVDA Membership Card(s) for each year in which the qualifying scores were earned to the Rider Achievement Awards Coordinator. Submissions via email or US mail are accepted. Please send forms, copies of membership cards and show scores to Sarah Yaroslaski (5054 Eliots Oak Road, Columbia, MD 20144). To download the form, click here.

Early Submissions Are Permitted – Riders may collect scores over any number of years. However, to facilitate verification of your membership at the time the qualifying scores were earned, Riders may submit an application at any time, even before they have earned all 4 qualifying scores. Once all of 4 qualifying scores have been received by the Rider Achievement Awards Coordinator, an award pin and certificate will be mailed.

For more information, please contact Sarah Yaroslaski at

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