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GVDS Year End Award Winners

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 Year-End Award Rules.

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.)

2023 Award Winners

GVDS Horseman of the Year

GVDS Volunteer of the Year

Overcoming Adversity

High Point Awards

Single High Score

Classical:  Megan Bretey - Sandro Malta, 73.48%

Western:  Carrie Washburn - Suntan Lotion, 72.80%

Older is Better

Classical: Donna DuBois - Aeris, 64.85%

Western: Billi Jo Vagneur - Smokin Cohiba, 66.90%

Young is Fun

Classical:  Jemma Bair - Savannah, 67.19%

Western:  Annalise Brown - Betsie, 62.24%

Most Improved

Classical:  Allison Hardas - Rubicon's Soliloquy, 10.40%

Western:  Annalise Brown -  Betsie, 20.14%

Most Consistent

Classical:  Jemma Bair - Savannah, 2.81%

Western:  Carrie Washburn - Suntan Lotion, 3.8%

Dressage Team Challenge

Champion, Eddie & The Shrimps, Team Score 72.74%

Krista Nobilo & Sir Edward WS

Carrie Washburn & Suntan Lotion

Megan Bretey & Sandro Malta

Reserve Champion, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Team Score 68.64%

Donna DuBois & Aeris

Megan Bretey & Believe WS

Hannah Maue & Hosanna NSN

Honorable Mention 

A Hanoverian, An Appendix & A Paint Walk Into A Bar....

Young Horsemen of the Year, Bristol Wells and Cassidy Parker

English/Classical Dressage Award Winners

Western Dressage Award Winners 

Freestyle Award Winners 

Year end awards
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