GVDS offers diverse show opportunities for classical and western dressage members and riders of all experience levels. These shows include schooling opportunities for young horses and riders just getting started through nationally recognized USDF/USEF, WDAA, and WDACO competitions. In addition, we offer a robust year-end awards program!
GVDS Schooling Shows
Schooling shows offer a fun atmosphere for all levels of exhibitors and horses to practice their rides. They are also great for introducing young or new horses to the show atmosphere; setting learning objectives; and having fun. Schooling shows include judging with scoring and comments; scores count towards GVDS, WDAA, and WDACO awards, but are not reported to RMDS, USDF, or USEF.
GVDS & RMDS Recognized Shows
Recognized shows are the top tier of GVDS dressage competitions. They are licensed by USEF and USDF, follow USEF and USDF show rules, and offer classes from Training Level through Fourth Level, Freestyles, and FEI tests. GVDS and RMDS shows that are not recognized by USDF and USEF also offer Introductory classes, which are eligible for year-end awards in both organizations.
You and your horse must be members of the USEF and USDF organizations to compete in these events.
Please go to the USEF website to join or renew your membership.
Your GVDS membership automatically enrolls you as a USDF Group member, so you can enter Licensed shows using that number.
If you want to compete for USDF Awards (Horse of the Year, Vintage Rider, etc.) , you must become a USDF Participating Member. Please visit the USDF website for more information about upgrading from a Group to Participating membership.
Interested in competing at the RMDS Championship Show in September? Here are the rules for qualifying and entering that show.
To compete at the USDF Region 5 Championships, you must obtain your scores from Licensed shows and be a USDF Participating Member at the time scores are earned. Please see the USDF website for more information.
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