North Woods Dressage Association sponsors several categories of awards for members.
Almost all members who participate in any type of show, schooling or recognized, are eligible for some type of NWDA award.
Read the descriptions below and see where you qualify and send in an application!
Achievement Awards: If you received a score in any test, in any class, at any show above
50%, you qualify for an Achievement Award! You must have been an NWDA member before the test was ridden, and you may only receive one Achievement Award per level, per horse, per year.
Levels that qualify are Introductory Level through Grand
Prix and In Hand classes. Shows at which the scores are earned can be any open schooling or recognized shows, classes from open breed shows, and dressage tests ridden at an open, recognized, or schooling horse trial or event.
Any test within the level will be an eligible test for an Achievement Award.
The awards will be given at the following levels:
Premium Awards for scores above 65%, Gold Awards for scores above
60%, Silver Awards for scores from 55% - 59.99%; and Bronze Awards for scores from
50% - 54.99%.
Mastery Awards: A Mastery Award is earned by riding four tests within the same level, receiving scores of
60% or higher. All tests must be ridden by the same horse/rider
combination and must have been ridden in the last two consecutive riding seasons; (please indicate dates on submitted
tests; one of the tests must be the highest of the
level and you must have been an NWDA member when the tests were
Jack Pine Circuit Awards: The awards committee will compute the Jack Pine Circuit Awards.
To qualify at Introductory, Training, First, and Second Level, competitors must have ridden at least
six tests, two of these at the highest test of the level.
Third, Fourth, and FEI level competitors need to only ride
four tests, one of these must be the highest of the level.
An average score will be calculated using the top 80% of the scores earned by each horse/rider combination during the past show season,
and the final averaged score must be at least 55% to qualify.
Scores will be taken only from shows on the Jack Pine Circuit.
Riders must have competed in at least two different shows on the Jack Pine Circuit and must have received scores from at least two different judges.
In order for scores to be eligible for calculation of the Jack Pine Circuit Award, horses must have been registered at the time the scores were received and riders must have been a NWDA member at the time the scores were received in order to have the scores eligible for calculation.
Scores will be used from Championship classes, and an averaged score, if there is more than one judge, will be the score used in the calculation.
Horses competing in the In Hand Division must have at least
two scores from two shows and all scores will be used in the calculation of this award.
Horses competing in the Hunter/Jumper Division must compete in at least
two shows and all points will be used in the calculation of this award.
Awards will be given first through sixth place for each level,
including Introductory, Training, First, Second, Third, Fourth, and FEI
Levels, within each of the divisions, including Open, Adult Amateur, and Junior/Young Rider.
Awards will be given for In Hand and Hunter/Jumper.
Beginning with the 1998 Awards Program, horse/rider combinations
are no longer allowed to win a First Place award at any level more than once.
Farm Adult Amateur Rider of the Year Award:
This award is sponsored by Kathy and Erik Sutton of
Kateri Farm in South Range, WI. It requires a
minimum of four scores from three judges.
These scores may be obtained at schooling or
recognized shows. Scores are recognized from
Training level and above and the average score must
be 60% or higher. A score scale will be used
to calculate the top horse/rider combination in a
competition year (membership year) and they must be
a current NWDA member when the scores were
earned. Kateri Farm will present the winner
with award engraved with the year and name of the
Rider of the Year Award Rules