Kentucky Dressage Association is proud to highlight the competitive achievements of our members in our year end awards banquet.
KDA Year End Awards and Rules
Revised August 2017
Paperwork due by October 10th 2018, (Received by date, not the postmark date)
Note: “Mean” is the average of your 5 scores.
Special Individual Awards:
President’s Cup- Award given to the single highest percentage ride by a KDA member in good standing* at the KDA Annual May show. (excluding Materiale, Equitation, and young horse FEI classes for 4-6yo)
Merry Sunrise Award -Awarded by member vote at Awards Banquet to recognize a Junior/Young rider who has contributed the most during the previous year in a non rider capacity (nominees cannot receive compensation from KDA)
Merry Midnight Award - Awarded by member vote at Awards Banquet to recognize a member who has contributed the most in a non-rider capacity (nominees cannot receive compensation from KDA).
Vintage Rider- Awarded to the highest scoring (median score) rider over 50 years of age (excluding intro and freestyle). If more than one level is shown, the highest scoring median score will count (only one entry per rider is allowed). Placed 1-6. This award follows the Dressage Award Rules set forth below.
KDA Dressage Pony Award – Awarded to the highest scoring (median score) pony (excluding intro and freestyle scores). To be eligible for this award, you must submit a copy of your USEF pony card, OR a signed veterinary certificate showing an accurate measurement of your pony. A pony is defined as 148cm without shoes, or 149cm with shoes. Champion and Reserve will be awarded. This award follows the Dressage Award Rules set forth below.
Broadfields 121 Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Perpetual High Score Award – This award will recognize the single highest scoring (average) of a horse shown at a dressage breed show in any of the below categories (current year foals, young horse in hand, mature horse in hand, Materiale not eligible). This award will be a perpetual trophy, an additional trophy and champion ribbon. Sponsored by Cara Kettenbach and her farm Broadfields 121.
Rapunzel Memorial Perpetual Award- will be presented yearly at the KDA Banquet to the highest scoring mare from a KDA USDF recognized show. The Mares highest individual score will be from a Training through Grand Prix test (Materiale, Young Horse and Freestyle classes will be excluded) The rider must be a KDA member in good standing and all KDA recognized shows counting for the current year end awards will be considered for the highest score. The trophy base will will be engraved with the riders name, horses name, level shown and score, the winner will keep the perpetual trophy for one year and return at the following years banquet.
Dressage Sport Horse Breed Show Awards:
Horse/Owner Team Awards
1. Current year foal, colts and fillies
2. Young Horse In-Hand—horses 1-3 years old, not current year foal.
a. colts and geldings
3. Mature Horse In-Hand—horses 4 years old and older
b. broodmares/yeld/maiden mares
4. Materiale—horses of any age shown under saddle in a Materiale class.
• Champion and reserve only to be awarded
• The owner must be a KDA member in good standing to be eligible.
• Awards are based on a percentage and not class placing. All scores submitted will be averaged to achieve year end placing in each category.
• A minimum of two scores are required to earn a breed award, but all scores will be averaged.
Dressage Award Rules:
A. Minimum scores to be counted: Level Minimum Score
Intro AA 55%
Intro JR/YR 55%
Intro Open 60%
Training Level Open 60%
Training Level AA 55%
Training Level JR/YR 55%
First Level Open 60%
First Level AA 55%
First Level JR/YR 55%
Second Level Open 60%
Second Level AA 55%
Second Level JR/YR 55%
Third Level Open 58%
Third Level AA 55%
Third Level JR/YR 55%
Fourth Level Open 58%
Fourth Level AA 55%
Fourth Level JR/YR 55%
Intermediate I A/B & II* 55%
Grand Prix* 55%
Western Dressage 55%
A. Minimum number of rides per level:
a. Intro-Fourth Level (Open, AA, JR/YR) 5 rides
b. PSG-GP, Freestyle (Open, AA, JR/YR) 3 rides
c. Western Dressage, all levels combined, (Open, AA, Jr/Yr) 3 rides
B. Horse/Rider combinations showing at more than two (2) levels will only be eligible for year end awards at the two (2) highest levels shown, plus freestyles at those levels.
C. Awards will be for Intro-GP and will be split into AA, Open, and JR/YR categories (except as defined above and JR/YR’s may be combined with AA’s if there are less than two (2) people per category).
D. All scores at each level will count in determining the mean score with the lowest score being dropped. (minimum of 5 for Intro –Fourth and minimum of 3 for PSG-GP and freestyle, and minimum of 2 for Dressage Sport Horse Breed Show Awards). An additional 2% will be added to each score received at USEF recognized shows and 3% will be added to each score received at any Regional Championship, and 3% will be added to each score earned at the USDF National Championship show. Breed show scores are averaged as is, no percentages will be added to those scores.
E. Horse/Rider combination will only be eligible for Open or AA year end awards—to be determined by their status with the USEF. They cannot be eligible for both categories.
All award levels will be placed 1-6th (unless otherwise stated).
F. The following tests may be substituted:
* All FEI pony rider and FEI children’s tests are equivalent to 2nd level
* All FEI Junior rider tests are equivalent to 3rd level
* All FEI Young rider tests are equivalent to PSG
* The USEF Bretina Cup (Young Adult) test is equivalent to Intermediate II
Intermediate A/B is equivalent to Intermediate II
*The USEF Four-year-old test is equivalent to 1st level
*The USEF Five-year-old test is equivalent to 2nd level
*The USEF Six-year-old test is equivalent to 3rd level
*Cross entry in Para Equestrian tests is permitted as following:
FEI PE Grade 1a is equivalent to introductory level, FEI PE Grade 1b is equivalent to training level, FEI PE Grade II is equivalent to 1st level, FEI PE Grade III is equivalent to 2nd level, FEI Grade IV is equivalent to 3rd level.
*Cross entry in Eventing tests is permitted as following:
*Eventing beginner novice and novice is equivalent to training level
*Eventing Training tests are equivalent to First Level
*Eventing Preliminary tests are equivalent to 2nd Level
*Eventing Intermediate tests are equivalent to 3rd Level
*Eventing Advanced tests are equivalent to 3rd Level
G. Western Dressage will be awarded as follows: Open, AA and Jr/Yr will be combined for one award until entries increase and warrant splitting the award. You must obtain a minimum of 3 scores at the following levels: WD Intro, WD Basic, WD level 1-3. All scores will be used in calculating the mean score. If you have more than the minimum number of rides, the lowest will be dropped. The scores will be calculated as is, no additional percentage will be added.
Additional Award Programs:
KDA Rider Achievement Plates Adult Amateur, Open, Junior/Young Rider
(effective 2014 Awards Program Open riders are eligible)
A plate is awarded to a KDA member who has satisfied their volunteer hours, achieved the following and submitted the KDA form by the deadline:
• AA/Jr/YR - 4 scores of 60% or higher from 4 different judges; 4 different rides
• Open – 4 scores of 65% or higher from 4 different judges; 4 different rides
• AA/Jr/YR - 3 scores of 55% or higher from 3 different judges; 3 different rides
• Open – 3 scores of 60% or higher from 3 different judges; 3 different rides
The plates will be engraved with the rider’s name, level of competition and year that they are received with the average score of the four eligible scores submitted. The scores need not be collected in one show season, but may be accumulated over time. This program is for AA, Open and JR/YR. The scores need not be achieved on one horse. They may be achieved on multiple horses. The plates can be mounted on a perpetual plaque that can be purchased from the KDA.
KDA High Point Plates
These plates will be awarded for excellence at each level. These plates will be awarded to AA, Open and JR/YR riders.
Adult Amateur and Jr/YR high scores:
Training Level: One score of 74% or higher
First Level: One score of 72% or higher
Second Level: One score of 70% or higher
Third Level: One score of 68% or higher
Fourth Level: One score of 65% or higher
PSG: One score of 63% or higher
Intermediate I : One score of 62% or higher
Intermediate II (or A/B): One score of 61% or higher
Grand Prix: One score of 60% or higher
Freestyle: One score of 72% or higher
Open High Scores:
Training Level: One score of 76% or higher
First Level: One score of 74% or higher
Second Level: One score of 72% or higher
Third Level: One score of 70% or higher
Fourth Level: One score of 67% or higher
PSG: One score of 65% or higher
Intermediate I: One score of 64% or higher
Intermediate II (or A/B): One score of 63% or higher
Grand Prix: One score of 62% or higher
Freestyle: One score of 74% or higher
Western Dressage High Scores:
Basic Level: One score of 74% or higher
Level 1: One score of 72% or higher
Level 2: One score of 70% or higher
Level 3: One score of 68% or higher
Each plate will be engraved with the Rider and Horse’s name, level of competition, and year that the score was achieved. Scores must be submitted by the Rider using the KDA Year End Awards Form and, if applicable, submit the official Score Report Form from the USDF for USDF recognized shows (available on the USDF website). Please highlight the score that is to be counted.
KDA Year End Awards Program Rules
Purpose: To provide recognition of KDA members at all levels of dressage, rewarding those working towards “excellence” at their level of competition.
1. All USDF recognized shows or KDA sanctioned schooling shows from October 1 to September 30 ( USDF Competition Calendar Year). Scores earned will count only if ridden by a KDA member in good standing. A KDA member in good standing is defined as such: member that pays dues and has earned volunteer hours before September 30th of the competition year.
2. Rider must complete 8 volunteer hours to be eligible for year-end awards. (Volunteer hours can be earned between September 30 through October 1 of the competition year)
• All 8 volunteer hours must be earned from a KDA run show, clinic, or
• Recruit new members (1 hour per new member—new member defined as someone who has never been a KDA member or someone who has not been a member 5 or more years).
• Solicit sponsors for any KDA Show or event totaling $300 and do not request a free stall at the show (earns 4 hours). All sponsorships go to Michelle Morehead for approval—to avoid duplicating sponsor contacts.
• Write an article that gets published in Impulsion Newsletter (2 hours of credit). The article must be approved by the President and be a minimum of 750 words. (Cannot use articles written for scholarships or educational grants)
• Design and conduct an educational seminar/workshop for KDA members. Credit given as follows: 1 hour seminar = 1.5 hours credit; 2 hour seminar = 3 hours credit; 3 or more hours seminar = 4 hours credit.
• Active participation for a year on either the KDA Board or a KDA Committee. See KDA By Laws or and Policies and Procedures for other official committees. Participation on the KDA board will earn 8 volunteer hours if a minimum of 8 meetings are attended.
• Two hours may be earned per $75 of merchandise or services donated to a KDA fund raising effort (with a maximum of 4 hours per year). These must be approved by the President of KDA.
A maximum of 4 hours may be donated by a KDA Member to a rider for the purposes of year end awards
Calculation: Year End Awards are based on membership for the competition year (must have a paid membership by September 30th of the competition year before scores will count for that year end awards), eligibility, completion of volunteer hours and in the divisions outlined above. Highest mean percent wins for each of the divisions outlined below.
Combining Divisions: The KDA Board can decide to combine divisions if there are fewer than eight (8) competing in that division. For example, Intermediate II and Grand Prix may be combined. Conversely, if there would be eight (8) or more in each division after splitting a combined horse/rider division (JR/YR or AA), the KDA Board can decide to split the division.
Each member is responsible for sending in their awards application paperwork and score report, or copy of a schooling show test.
For ALL Awards:
•Incomplete Awards Applications will not be processed.
•Scores must be submitted by the Rider (or Owner in the case of Breed Awards) using the KDA Year End Awards Form (available on the KDA website) and, if applicable, submit the official Score Report Form from the USDF for USDF recognized shows (available on the USDF website at www.usdfscores.com). All scores at each level for a horse rider combinations should be highlighted, please use a different color for each level, and please don’t cross out any scores. For scores achieved at KDA sanctioned Schooling Shows, please provide a copy of the front page of the test sheet with the score, level, show name, rider, and horse name clearly legible.
•Scores and volunteer hours must be completed and received by October 1, 2017 to be eligible for awards. The banquet is November 18, 2017, please mark your calendars.
Definition of Classification/Terms:
Junior/Young Rider—a Dressage competitor is a Junior/Young Rider until the end of the calendar year in which he/she reaches the age of 21.
Adult Amateur—a Dressage competitor can compete as an adult from the beginning of the calendar year in which he/she reaches the age of 22 as defined by USEF and remains an amateur per the regulations of the USEF.
Vintage Rider—a Dressage competitor who has reached the age of 50 during the Competition Calendar year.
Show Divisions as they apply to Year-End Scores:
Hors d’concours scores do not count. Results must be from the following classes:
Open class: A class which is open to all. There are no restrictions based on the horse, or rider. Scores count towards Open, Adult Amateur, JR/YR, and Vintage divisions.
Adult Amateur class: A class which is open to Adult Amateurs who meet the USEF Dressage definition of Adult Amateur. Scores count towards Adult Amateur and Vintage divisions only.
USDF Qualifying class: A class which has been designated USDF Qualifying. No other restrictions apply. Scores count towards Open, Adult Amateur, JR/YR and Vintage divisions.
Percentage class: A class which combines tests from one or multiple levels when there are insufficient entries to warrant individual classes.
Novice Horse class: A class which is open to horse which have never won three (3) blue ribbons in a KDA sanctioned show at the level being shows. Scores count towards Open, Adult Amateur, JR/YR and Vintage divisions.
JR/YR class: A class which is open to Juniors and Young riders who meet the USEF Dressage definition of Junior/Young Rider. See definition above. FEI Young Rider tests are counted as equivalents. (FEI Young Riders Team Test counts for the 4th Level; FEI Young Riders Individual Test counts for PSG.) Scores count towards JR/YR divisions only.
Freestyle class: A class in which a test is ridden to music under either the USDF or FEI rules, depending upon the level. Scores count towards the Freestyle division only.
Any questions on award rules or deadlines contact-
Bonnie Becht at firstname.lastname@example.org
Joan Gariboldi at email@example.com
Mail all forms and score sheets to-
321 Lynnwood Drive
Versailles, KY 40383