Available Awards

Maryland Dressage Association Lifetime Achievement Medals
The Maryland Dressage Association has instituted Lifetime Achievement Medals modeling the USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Rider Medal Awards. The difficulty of earning any of these medals marks a prestigious achievement that will be a great honor to MDA riders for all of their years of success, hard work and dedication.

The medal will be formally displayed in a shadow box with an engraved descriptive plate.

Eligibility
Rider must be a current Maryland Dressage Association member in good standing when scores are earned and applied for. Scores may be earned on one or more horses. Members are eligible to receive each Medal only once.

Applying for Awards
Rider must submit scores to the MDA on the official Lifetime Achievement Medal Award application form. Photocopies of the front and back of each test must be submitted with the application. The name and date of the competition, judge’s signature, the rider’s name and the score must be clearly visible. Do not send original tests, they will not be returned. MDA will accept test scores from 1997 to the present date.

All scores from MDA Schooling Shows may be used. Fifty percent of submitted scores may be earned at USDF/USEF Licensed competitions (exception for FEI -all scores may come from Licensed shows). All tests must be USEF or FEI tests. Restricted classes such as maiden, novice, and hors concours scores do not count for any awards, and freestyle scores do not count for non freestyle rider awards. The scores from all shows must come from judges with following ratings: "r" or higher, First Level through Second Level, "R" or higher, Third and Fourth Level, and "S" or higher, Prix St George through Grand Prix. Scores from “L” Graduates will not count towards this award.

Riders are to submit the form after all of the required four or six scores are earned, rather than submitting scores one at a time. Apply Now

Award Year
Scores are cumulative and need not be earned in one year.
The Lifetime Achievement Medal application and tests must be submitted to the current Lifetime Achievement Medal awards Chairperson before November 15th of the award year. Awards will be given out at the Awards banquet.

Bronze Medal Rider Awards
Must have six scores of 60 percent or higher:

  • Two at First Level from two different judges and two different rides
  • Two at Second Level from two different judges and two different rides
  • Two at Third Level from two different judges and two different rides
  • Score Equivalents
    • FEI Junior Preliminary Test = Third Level
    • FEI Pony Team Test = Second Level

Silver Medal Rider Awards
Must have four scores of 60 percent or higher:

  • Two at Fourth Level from two different judges and two different rides
  • Two at Prix St. George from two different judges and two different rides
  • Score Equivalents
    • FEI Junior Team and Individual Tests;
    • FEI Young Rider Preliminary, Consolation and Team Tests = Fourth Level>

Gold Medal Rider Awards
Must have four scores of 60 percent or higher:

  • Two at Intermediate I and/or Intermediate II from two different judges and two different rides.
  • Two at Grand Prix from two different judges and two different rides.

MDA Rider Achievement Medals
Gold, silver, and bronze Rider Achievement Medals will be awarded each year at Intro Level through Grand Prix, Musical Freestyle and Pas de Deux.

To be eligible, scores must have been earned in the current calendar year. The applicant must earn two (2) work credits before the last MDA schooling show of the year. Any work credits earned after this time will be applied toward the next year. One (1.0) work credit must be earned by working at a MDA show. The applicant must complete the Medals Application accurately and submit to the awards committee postmarked no later than 11/15/2010. Tests ridden hors concours (HC) may not be submitted.

The application must include photocopies of the USEF or USDF test with horse/rider’s names, judge’s name and signature, show name, date of the show, class name and score. The collective scores should also be submitted. Scores must be from at least two different tests within the level for which the competitor is applying. Apply Now

Medals for Intro through Second Level and USCTA (when offered) are based on the average of five (5) properly submitted test scores. Submit either a minimum of 5 (5) scores from at least three (3) different MDA shows under three different judges, or a minimum of three scores from MDA shows and 2 scores from other USEF/USDF Licensed shows only. The scores must be from at least 3 different judges.

Medals for Third Level, Fourth Level, FEI, Musical Freestyle and Pas de Deux riders are based on 3 properly submitted test scores. You must submit 3 scores from 3 different judges. Scores may be from 3 MDA Schooling Shows or 2 MDA shows and One USEF/USDF Licensed show.

Any horse/rider combination that has met the requirements is eligible for the Rider Achievement Medal. This includes medals won in previous years at the same level. This Medal focuses on the rider's achievements, and therefore, scores from one or more horses can be submitted to fulfill the requirements.

Intro Level-Second Level, USCTA Novice/Training
Gold 65.000% and above
Silver 60.000% to 64.999%
Bronze 55.000% to 59.999%

Third, Fourth, FEI
Gold 60.000% and above
Silver 55.000% to 64.999%
Bronze 50.000 to 54.999%

Musical Freestyle, Pas de Deux
Training -Second Level
Gold 65.000% and above
Silver 60.000% to 64.999%
Bronze 55.000% to 59.999%

Third, Fourth, to FEI
Gold 60.000% and above
Silver 55.000% to 64.999%
Bronze 50.000% to 54.999%

Quadrille
Introductory, Novice, Preliminary, Intermediate Levels
Gold-65.000% and above
Silver 60.000% to 64.999%
Bronze-55.000 to 59.999%

Advanced, FEI
Gold 60.000% and above
Silver 55.000% to 59.999%
Bronze 50.000% to 54.999%

Perpetual Awards
The Perpetual Awards recipients are chosen from those who have applied for other Year End awards.

The Sterling Memorial Plate: Given to the highest scoring musical freestyle test performed during the show year at any MDA Show at First Level and up. An engraved silver plate will be held by the winner for one year. Minimum of one work credit required. NO application is necessary. Donated by Tracey Hurline and Walberth Farm.

The Whispering Spring Plate: Given to the highest scoring musical freestyle performed at Training Level at any MDA show during the calendar year. Engraved trophy to be held by the winner for one year. No application is necessary. Donated by Bobby Boyer.

The Big Mack Perpetual Award: Given to the highest scoring horse entered in year end awards at Training Level 3 and 4. This award is donated by Linda Seybold in memory of her life long equine friend, Big Mack. No applications are necessary.

President’s Unsung Heroes Award: A special award will be given at the President’s discretion to those members whose extraordinary work behind the scenes goes unrecognized by any other award

Joyce B. Broccolino Memorial Scholarship - $300
Joyce BroccolinoThis scholarship was established to honor the memory of Joyce B. Broccolino. A dear friend, valued member, and MDA board member. To promote and strengthen the quality of dressage and our association, financial assistance will be awarded to a senior member of the club in order that both knowledge and skill might be increased. The winning senior member will exhibit sustained interest in the MDA as evidenced by significant volunteer effort. The winning senior member will also exhibit good sportsmanship, integrity and a great effort to work for the good of MDA. This scholarship will be based on cumulative service to the club as well as the other criteria. The JBB Committee shall submit their selection and other candidates to the board for final approval before the awards banquet. Apply Now

Eligibility

  1. Applicant must be a current senior individual or senior family member, either riding or non riding, in good standing with the MDA. Applicants must have been members of the MDA for a full calendar year (January 1 to December 31) prior to the year of application. Members of the JBB Scholarship Committee are ineligible for this award. Prior winners who wish to reapply may do so by submitting only service which began after the prior scholarship was awarded.
  2. One Scholarship will be presented yearly and will be announced at the annual Awards Banquet.
  3. The application form should be typed or printed clearly and mailed to the JBB Chairperson, postmarked no later than 11/15/2010.
  4. The JBB Scholarship Committee shall consist of a chairperson who is last year s winner, one MDA member selected by the Executive Board of Directors, and one other MDA member. The committee will review all applications for accuracy and thoroughness select the winner and present the winner to the Executive board for final approval.
  5. By applying, candidates agree to share their scholarship experiences with other MDA members through the Newsline or by speaking at a General Meeting should they win. The winner further agrees to serve on the JBB Committee the following year.
  6. The JBB Scholarship applications should be mailed to the JBB Committee Chair.
Caitlin Ben Dror Memorial Educational Grants
$300 each for four of the highest averaging riders. All current MDA members who are in good standing are eligible to apply for a grant to train with the instructors(s) of their choice to further their development as equestrians if they have met the work credit requirements for the calendar year. Four grants will be awarded each year. The Scholarship/Educational Grant Chair shall submit to the executive board the successful applicants for final approval before the Awards Banquet. All grant applications must be submitted by Nov. 15, 2010. Candidates will be judged based on service to MDA (60%) and five (5) test scores of any level (40%). Weighing the work credits allows an applicant with a lower test average achieve a higher overall score for this award than a person with just a higher test average. Apply Now
  1. Candidates must accurately and completely fill out the application for the MDA Education Grant and submit five (5) test scores of any level ridden under three (3) different judges. The scores must be from MDA shows and must include at least two different tests at their level. Introductory, Pas de Deux, Quadrille, and Musical Freestyle are not eligible. Work credits received during the year must be listed on the application. All work credits to be considered for the educational grants must be earned by the end of the Finals show before the last schooling show of the year.

    Example: Compute 40% average of test scores and add to 60% of work credits total. 0.4(5 test avg) + 0.6(total work credits) = final score Test Avg = 61.23 wk. cr. =20.4(61.23 + 0.6(2)=25.69 Test Avg = 58.62 Wk. cr = 49.4(58.62) + 0.6(4) = 25.84
  2. By applying, the candidates agree to share their educational experiences with other MDA members through the Newsline or by speaking at a General Meeting should they win. The winner of the grant agrees to provide the name of their chosen trainer or instructor for the purpose of payment by MDA directly to the source of instruction.
  3. Education grant winners are ineligible to reapply for a period of 3 years.
    The MDA General Education Committee shall consist of the Scholarship Chairperson and the highest composite scoring winners from the previous year. The Committee will review the applicants and present the winner to the Board for final approval. MDA Educational Grant applications should be mailed to the Scholarship Chairperson. Applications should be received by November 15, 2010.

Instructor of the Year
A special award will be presented to show MDA’s appreciation to instructors who encourage their students to participate in MDA shows. The recipient of this award is computed from the winners of End of Year High Score Awards in every division where a rider had indicated their primary instructor on their award application.

  • Seven (7) points are awarded for Championship
  • Six (6) points are awarded for Reserve Championship
  • Five (5) points are awarded for third place.
  • Four (4) points are awarded for fourth place.
  • Three (3) points are awarded for fifth place.
  • Two (2) points are awarded for sixth place
  • One (1) point is awarded for seventh place.

Writing Awards
Criteria Objective of Writing Awards
This Awards system encourages MDA members to share their knowledge and experiences of dressage and dressage-related activities with the membership. It promotes and sustains interest in MDA by members and attracts potential members who have activities with the membership. It promotes and sustains interest in MDA by members and attracts potential members who have access to the newsletter and or the Web site. By offering rewards to writers, MDA hopes to motivate its members to proactively accomplish the primary mission of education, of Gaining and Sharing Knowledge of Classical Dressage.

The Awards Criteria is designed with these objectives in mind.

Categories of Awards:

  1. Announcement and/or promotion of show, clinic or other MDA sponsored event.
  2. Review/Recap of show, clinic or other MDA event.
  3. Solicitation of help and/or participation in show, clinic or other MDA event.
  4. Article presenting a topic of interest to MDA members.
  5. Humorous article, which incorporates dressage, horsemanship or topic, related to performing MDA work, such as show scribes experience.
  6. Miscellaneous item (can be in a format other than prose.) For example, a cartoon expressing a dressage rider s point of view or a dressage crossword puzzle, or poem. (Will be judged for educational merit as well as entertainment value.)
  7. Educational article, which informs MDA readers about principles of dressage, horsemanship, or news which impacts MDA members, such as changes in USEF or USDF rules.

Rules for Entry:

  1. Publishing into either the Web site or the Newsline of original work of the member submitting the item: Publishing to subject to editor ‘s discretion and space available.
  2. An unlimited number of articles maybe submitted by each MDA member, but, must be original works of the author.
  3. Entries must be from the Newsline of MDA web articles published in the current calendar year.
  4. MDA reserves the right to publish all items submitted to the MDA on the Web and Newsline.
  5. Deadline for awards is the publish date of the November Newsline issue.

Judging Criteria: (Separate Young Riders Articles from seniors)

  1. Judges will be persons not associated with MDA; this will give All MDA members eligibility.
  2. Judges will score each entry from zero to 10 on each of the following points:
    a. Educational Value: enriches reader’s knowledge of dressage, horsemanship or enlarges the readers appreciation for the tasks entailed in performing dressage related activities such as the technical delegate s job functions, or the testing required to become a judge.
    b. Readability how easy is it to follow the thoughts being expressed in the article.
    c. Writing Style -fluency in language, ability to relate complex principles, coherency.
    d. Promotional value to MDA how the reader will perceive MDA when reading the article. Will pride in our organization be reinforced by reading the article?
    e. Creativity. Is the author skilled enough to convey information of an otherwise dry topic and capture the reader s attention? Note: the item being judged does not need to be evaluated on relevancy to MDA, dressage or related topic, since the editor performs this evaluation prior to acceptance.

Award Specification:

  1. Award to third place in each category for seniors and young riders.
  2. Certificate and/or ribbon for each award.
  3. Announcement of award recipients on the Web site and in the Newsline.
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