​​​​​​​​​​PASO DEL NORTE DRESSAGE SOCIETY

Year End Awards

YEAR-END AWARD RULES

1. General. • Year-end awards are earned between January 1st and December 1st and are presented either at the annual Christmas party or at the first regular membership meeting of the year.

  •  A champion and a reserve champion are recognized at each level; champions receive a $50.00 gift certificate and a Champion Ribbon, reserve champions receive an award certificate and a Reserve Champion Ribbon.
  •  All competitive scores earned must be judged under current USEF dressage rules, except as modified by PdNDS, and be from PdNDS sponsored shows. •Ties will be awarded equally.
  • Junior/young riders are considered a separate division where applicable. For purposes of competition in all PDNDS sponsored shows: USEF rule DR119.3 is applicable. Individuals are eligible as Juniors until the end of the calendar year in which they reach the age of 18. Individuals are eligible as Young Riders from the beginning of the calendar year in which they reach the age of 16 until the end of the calendar year in which they reach the age of 21 Competitors shall compete as adults (PdNDS Open) from the beginning of the calendar year in which they reach the age of 22.

2. Eligibility. •To be eligible, both the rider and the horse owner must be dues-paying members of PdNDS in good standing.

  • Memberships must have been in effect at the time the scores were earned.
  • Horse and rider combinations are only eligible to win awards twice at the same level.

3. Awards.

a. Intro-Second Level.

•Awards are given based on the average of the top three scores from three different judges for each horse and rider pair. Due to extenuating circumstances, the board may decide to give the awards based on the average of a minimum number of scores to be determined at the end of the show season based on the number of shows held. Levels awards are given to both JR/YR and Open riders in separate divisions of Traditional and Western Dressage.

b. Third and Fourth Levels.

• Awards are given based on the average of the top three scores from three different judges for each horse and rider pair. Due to extenuating circumstances, the board may decide to give the awards based on the average of a minimum number of scores to be determined at the end of the show season based on
the number of shows held. Levels awards are given to JR/YR and Open riders in separate divisions of Traditional and Western Dressage.

c. FEI Levels.

• Awards are given based on the average of the top two scores for the year for each horse and rider pair. The top two scores can come from one or multiple shows under one or multiple judges. Due to extenuating circumstances, the board may decide to give the awards based on the average of a minimum number of scores to be determined at the end of the show season based on the number of shows held. Levels awards are given to both JR/YR and Open riders in separate divisions of Traditional and Western Dressage.

d. Freestyle Award:

•This award is given to the horse and rider combination with the highest average score based on the top three scores from three different judges in Freestyle classes. This award consists of both a $50.00 award and a certificate. This award is open to all rider and horse combinations including JR/YR and Open riders in Traditional and Western Dressage.

f. Eventing Class Award. • This award is given to the horse and rider combination with the highest average score based on the top three scores from three different judges in Eventing classes. This award consists of both a $50.00 award and a certificate. Awards will be given for JR/YR and Open divisions.

g. New to Dressage (NTD) Award: • This award is given to the horse and rider combination with the highest average score based on the top three scores from three different judges in New to Dressage classes at schooling shows . Neither horse nor rider can have competed in Dressage shows before June 1 of the previous calendar year. This award is open to all rider and horse combinations including JR/YR and Open riders in Traditional and Western Dressage.


TRAVELING TROPHY AWARDS (Perpetual Awards) Adjustments, where required, are made as follows: Introductory Level: 0% Second Level: 4%, Training/Basic Level: 0% Third Level: 6%, First Level: 2%, Fourth Level 8% FEI : 10% e. Titsworth Award

• Awarded annually to the horse and adult rider combination in Traditional dressage with the single highest score adjusted for level. The award is a traveling trophy inscribed with the winner’s name each year.
f. Banjo Award: • Awarded annually to the horse and junior/young rider combination in Traditional dressage with the single highest score adjusted for level. The award is a traveling trophy inscribed with the winner’s name each year.

g. Gladiator Award: • Awarded annually to the horse and rider combination in Traditional dressage with the highest average score of two first level tests at any schooling show. The award is a traveling trophy inscribed with the winner’s name each year.

h. Cassidy Award: •Awarded annually to the Thoroughbred horse and rider combination in Traditional dressage with the single highest score adjusted for level. The award is a traveling trophy inscribed with the winner’s name each year.

i. Gambler Award: • Awarded annually to the horse and rider combination with the single highest score posted by an adult amateur at or above second level in Traditional dressage. The award is a travelling trophy.

J. Arabian Award Awarded annually to the Arabian horse (Registered full or half) and rider combination with the highest average of two scores from two judges adjusted by level. The award is a traveling trophy inscribed with the winner’s name each year and is open to riders in Traditional dressage, Eventing, and Western Dressage.

K. Western Dressage Award Awarded annually to the Western Dressage horse and rider combination with the highest total scores from three different judges. The award is a traveling trophy inscribed with the winner’s name each year and is open to riders in Western Dressage.