Earn Awards

Adult Amateurs are eligible for many awards, and not all require you to compete or even be actively riding. More information and a complete listing of everything available can be found under the awards tab above.

USDF Rider Awards

USDF Rider Awards are based strictly on the scores the rider achieves over time and need not be earned in one competition year. Awards are available for riders competing at all levels. You might already be eligible.

Adequan®/USDF Year-End Awards

Adequan®/USDF Year-End Awards recognize horses and riders outstanding achievements in many categories. Adult amateurs and their horses are eligible in nearly every category of award presented at the Salute Gala and Annual Awards Banquet held during our Annual Convention.

Adequan®/USDF All-Breeds Awards

Adequan®/USDF All-Breeds Awards are designed to recognize the accomplishments of specific breeds in dressage. To be eligible, horses must be declared for the All-Breeds Awards Program with USDF.

Adequan®/USDF All-Breeds Dressage Sport Horse Breeding (DSHB) Awards

DSHB Awards are designed to recognize outstanding breeds competing in dressage sport horse breeding; these awards are awarded to the top performing horses in all levels of DSHB based on breed. To be eligible, horses must be declared for the All-Breeds Awards Program with USDF. NOTE: Not every Participating Organization in the All-Breeds Awards Program offers DSHB awards.

USDF/Dover Saddlery Adult Amateur Medal Program

The USDF/Dover Saddlery Adult Amateur Medal Program is designed to recognize adult amateurs competing at Second Level. Winners of at least three USDF/Dover Saddlery medals during the USDF competition year will receive a USDF/Dover Saddlery National merit award. Top scoring merit award winners compete for the national and reserve championships. The national champion and reserve champion will each receive a USDF gift certificate. The national champion and reserve champion awards will be presented at the Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention.

USDF Volunteer of the Year Award

This prestigious national award recognizes a USDF member who, through consistent and cumulative volunteer activities, has demonstrated exceptional commitment towards carrying out USDF’s mission. How about nominating an adult amateur you know has made a difference?

USDF Arts Contest

Designed to highlight the creativity and beauty of dressage and to allow USDF members to express their interest in the sport outside of the competition arena. Winners will have their work published in the yearbook issue of USDF Connection with the grand prize winner used as the cover of the USDF Member Guide.

USDF University

Every year we award certificates and diplomas to members who have earned University Credits at designated levels. You can earn credits online or through attending University Accredited programs. Most USDF Educational programs offer credits for participating or auditing.

For more information on competition please contact us at competitions@usdf.org

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