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Awards Program

The Grand Valley Dressage Society (GVDS) offers its own year-end awards program to highlight the exceptional talent of our members, and their horses, recognize our outstanding volunteers, and thank our sponsors.  All GVDS shows, schooling and recognized, are considered equal, hence a wonderful opportunity for all our showing riders to earn an award.  

Our annual holiday dinner offers a chance to recognize each other's achievements through our awards and foster camaraderie among our members .

The full description of our Awards Program, a list of eligible shows, and minimum requirements for qualifying are contained in this document: Grand Valley Dressage 2022 Year-End Award Rules.

New Awards for 2022:
Dressage Team Challenge (sponsored by Karen Harkin)
and GVDS Horsemanship Award (sponsored by the GVDS Executive Board

Read about them here.

Important to Remember

Here are two important things to remember about your eligibility for earning an award:

  • In order to be eligible to receive year-end awards, members must volunteer a minimum of two (2) hours. Contact Barbara Progess, Volunteer Coordinator (, or 801-721-7111) to volunteer at a show. Contact any GVDS officer to volunteer in another capacity.

  • Owner and rider must be current GVDS/RMDS members or GVDS Supporting Members at the time scores are accrued, so if you are not a member, join today! (Pony Club members are not required to be GVDS members - please refer to the rules document for information.)

2021 Award Winners


Classical Dressage Award Winners

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Nicolas Bosma/White Gold – 70.625% 

Single High Score

Classical:  Hazel Hoff, Prairie Rock Star, 73.171%

Western:  Carrie Washburn, Suntan Lotion, 75.5%

Older is Better

Classical: Susan Schneider, Fidersohn, 68%

Western: N/A

Young Is Fun

Classical: Aila Blaikie, Amarillo By Morning, 69.224%

Western: N/A

Biggest Difference                                                                                                                                                           

Classical: Ellie Fagan, Bud, 14.688%

Western: Sophia Harris, Patches, 16.7%

Most Consistent

Classical: Krista Nobilo, Sir Edward WS, 1.206%

Western: Leiah Burnham, Zorros Whispering Spirit

GVDS Junior Volunteer of the Year

Elijah Savoca

GVDS Volunteer of the Year

Linda Chadwick-Wirth