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Annual Waverly-on-Chester Chapter Challenge
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The Annual Waverly-on-Chester Chapter Challenge is a unique benefit offered to PVDA members who are also members of a PVDA Chapter. The show is held every November after the regular PVDA schooling show series has finished. Chapter members form teams of 3-4 riders or members may form “scramble” teams from multiple chapters. Chapters can also send multiple teams for each level of riding. The top scores from each team are averaged together, and chapters compete against one another for fabulous prizes and bragging rights for the coming year. The Chapter Challenge is meant to foster camaraderie and connections between chapters, and to give members the opportunity to experience team competition in a schooling show atmosphere.


The 35th Annual Waverly-on-Chester Chapter Challenge
will be on November 3, 2019 at the Prince George's Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD. Entries must be mailed (no online entry) and the close date is October 5th. Late entries may be subject to a late charge. See the Omnibus page for prizelist, entry forms, and times when available.

Chapter Challenge General Rules

1. Eligibility:

  • Only PVDA members who are also members of a PVDA chapter may ride in the Chapter Challenge.
  • Determination of who rides on the teams is at the discretion of the chapter. Every chapter member has the right to participate in this team competition, and no distinction is made between amateur, novice, or professional.
  • Only one team per chapter per Challenge Class is allowed. See information for Class 16 (MFS) and Class 18 (Pas de Deux, and Quadrille) teams below.
  • The same horse/rider combination may only ride in one Challenge Class plus Class 16 (Musical Freestyle) and Class 18 (Pas de Deux and Quadrille) at the same level or one level lower or higher. The horse or the rider in a different combination (another horse or rider combination) may compete in another Challenge Class.

  1. Warm-Up Classes: Riders riding in a Warm-Up Class must also be a member of a chapter team riding in the corresponding Challenge Class. Warm-up class scores do not count toward the Challenge awards. There is no requirement to ride in a warm-up class.
  2. Challenge Classes: Challenge Classes are ridden by teams. A team consists of three or four members of a chapter riding the same test, with the following exceptions:
  • Classes 13 and 14 (Second Level and Above TOC): Riders on a team may each ride a different test at Second through The warm-up ride will be the next lower test, i.e., Second 1 Warm-Up Ride and Second 2 Challenge Ride.
  • Class 16 (PVDA Training through USEF 4th Level MFS): A team consists of two to four individual freestyles; the freestyles may be at different levels from PVDA Training through USDF Fourth Levels. Submit a CD of the music to the show secretary.
  • Class 18 (Pas de Deux and Quadrille): A Pas de Deux / Quadrille team may have one to four entries (one to four sets of Pas de Deux or Quadrille riders). Different level Quadrille and Pas de Deux tests may be ridden.

2. Challenge Class Scoring: The three highest scores of each team in a Challenge Class will be added together to determine the placing of the Challenge Classes, with the exception of Class 16 (Musical Freestyle) and Class 18 (Pas de Deux and Quadrille). In these classes, if there are four entries on a team, the lowest score is dropped and the remaining scores averaged; otherwise, all scores for a team in these classes are averaged.

3. Scores for PVDA Awards:
Chapter Challenge scores do not count toward PVDA Annual High Score Awards or the Rider Achievement Awards.

4. Show Attire: This competition is not recognized by USEF or USDF; however, USEF rules will be in effect at this competition, including attire requirements. Use of an ASTM/SEI certified safety helmet at all times while mounted is required. Western saddles and side saddles are acceptable but dressage legal bits are required.

5. Volunteers: For their entries to be accepted, each chapter must supply the show with a minimum of one volunteer per team. The Chapter Chair should contact the Entry Secretary with volunteer names and telephone numbers by the closing date. Chapter Chairs can also contact the Show Manager to sign up for pre-show volunteer jobs well in advance. Setting up and taking down the rings (before and after the show) each count as two volunteers.

Chapter Challenge Entry Fees

All classes (Warm up and Challenge) are $25.00 per ride. The Pas De Deux and Quadrille class entry fees are $15.00 per horse and rider combination. Stabling is $35 per horse stall and $35 per tack stall. Each chapter will be provided one free hospitality stall.

Chapter Challenge Entry Rules

Each entry must include:

  • Completed/signed Chapter Challenge Individual Entry Form for each horse/rider combination (available on the PVDA website), noting the Chapter name and team manager (point of contact).
  • Completed Chapter Challenge Team Entry Form for each team (available on the PVDA website), noting the Chapter name and team manager (point of contact).
  • Copy of PVDA membership card for each rider.
  • Copy of current negative Coggins for each horse.
  • Check payable to PVDA.

Chapter Challenge Stabling

  • Horse stalls and tack stalls are available for $35.00 each for the show. Your horse may arrive as early as 12 noon on the Saturday before the show and must depart by the end of the show on Sunday. Early arrival must be arranged in advance with the show manager.
  • The stalls are 10 x 10 with permanent doors.
  • Bedding is NOT available so bring your own.
  • Please provide emergency contact information (owner’s name, cell or hotel phone number) on the front of each horse’s stall.

Chapter Challenge Awards

  • Warm-Up Classes: Individual ribbons to places 1-6 will be awarded. An Overall High Score and Reserve High Ribbon will be provided to the highest and second highest scores in Introductory, Training, First, and 2nd and above warm-up classes.
  • Challenge Classes: Each team rider in a team that places 1-6 winning will receive a ribbon. Each rider in a first place team will receive a trophy.
  • Team Perpetual Trophies: Team Perpetual Trophies are presented to the winning team of each Challenge Class during PVDA’s Annual Awards Banquet.
  • Elizabeth Pritchard Memorial Trophy: Awarded to the Training Level High Score Rider in a Challenge class, by the Calvert County Chapter.

Chapter Challenge Other

  • The show committee reserves the right to cancel, combine, or split classes as necessary.
  • The show committee reserves the right to change judges, when necessary.
  • Dogs allowed on leashes only on the show grounds and not allowed in the show office.
  • Music for freestyle classes must be presented to the announcer at least one hour prior to the scheduled class start time.
  • No non-competing horses allowed without prior approval from management.
  • No smoking on the show grounds.
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