Central New York Dressage & Combined Training Association

Promoting dressage and eventing as art and sport through competitions, clinics and educational activities.

Year-End Awards is a fun filled banquet where we recognize riders' and horses' achievements!

CNYD&CTA Dressage Schooling Show Year-End Awards

  •  Awards are offered at the following levels: Introductory, Training, First, Second, Third, Forth Levels and Including all Western Dressage.  
  •  Two minimum scores of 55.000% are necessary for submission at any level.
  •  One score must be from the highest test at that level, the other score may be from any test in the same level.
  •  Each score submitted must be from a different USDF “L” Graduate or USEF / FEI Licensed judge.
  •  Qualifying scores must come from one of the following shows: Tanglewood Riding Center Dressage Schooling Show, CNYD&CTA Spring Opener Dressage Show, CNYD&CTA Informal Dressage Show or  CNYD&CTA Fall Wrap-up Dressage Show. 
  •  Winners will be determined based on the average of the two highest scores submitted from two tests at that level.
  •  Scores cannot be from the same show even if there were two judges.
  • Awards will be given to JR/YRs, AA, and Open.
  • Completed Year End Award Reporting Form and copies of the front page of the dressage tests with your forms submitted to Awards Coordinator.

CNYD&CTA Dressage Recognized Show Year End Awards

  • Awards are offered at the following levels: Training through Grand Prix including Western Dressage. 
  • Two minimum scores of 55.000% are necessary for submission at any level.
  • One score must be from the highest test at that level, the other score may be from any test in the same level.
  • Each score submitted must be from a different USEF/FEI Licensed judge.
  • Both scores must be obtained at USDF/USEF Recognized shows during the current year.
  • Winners will be determined based on the average of the two highest scores submitted from two tests at that level.
  • Completed Year End Award Reporting Form and copies of the front page of the dressage tests with your forms submitted to Awards Coordinator.

CNYD&CTA Masters’ Awards

  • May be earned in Training through Fourth Level and including all Western Dressage. 
  • Offered to riders 60 years of age or older
  • Riders must submit two scores of 60.000% or higher at the same level.
  • Each score submitted must be from a different USDF “L” Graduate or USEF/FEI Licensed judge.
  • Scores may be submitted at any level of the current tests.
  • Scores may be obtained at CNYD&CTA schooling or Recognized Dressage shows
  • This award may be given to multiple club members each year.
  • Each member may only win this award once at each level.
  • Scores do not have to be earned on the same horse, but must be earned in the current competition year.
  • Completed Year End Award Reporting Form and copies of the front page of the dressage tests with your forms submitted to Awards Coordinator.

CNYD&CTA Dressage Musical Freestyle, Pas de Deux & Quadrille Year End Awards

  • This award is given to a CNYD&CTA member(s) with the highest percentage Musical Freestyle, Pas de Deux or Quadrille test in the current year.

Joint Upstate Dressage Awards:


Joint Upstate GMO Schooling Show Award:

Recognizes riders and their horses from all levels with scores from GMO sponsored Schooling Shows. Submit two scores from a GMO sponsored schooling show of 60% and above from two different judges from two different GMOs.
Requirements: Submit two scores from a GMO sponsored schooling show  of 60% and above from two different judges from two different GMOs. 
· Participating GMOs for this award are: Western NY Dressage Association, Cayuga Dressage & CT, Central NY Dressage & CT. 
·   Riders must provide proof of eight volunteer hours(for their GMO) worked by sending a completed and
signed volunteer hour form to the Scorekeeper by October 1st of the competition year to be considered eligible
for this award.
·    Report scores to the score keeper using the Upstate GMO Schooling Show Achievement Award form

Joint Upstate High Point Award:


Recognizes riders and their horses from all levels with scores from GMO sponsored recognized Shows. Submit 4 scores at the qualifying level from at least 2 different GMO sponsored competitions and 3 different judges. One of the scores submitted must be from Test 3 of that level. The 4 scores will be used in calculating the average (mean) score. Only averages of 60% or higher qualify, with the same rider/horse combination. Awards may not be won by the same rider/horse combination at the same level more than once. Opportunity classes do not count towards this award. Be sure to submit a copy of the front of your tests sheets as verification.
Requirements: Submit 4 scores from USEF/USDF sponsored competitions at the qualifying level at least 2 of the scores must be from 2 different participating GMO sponsored shows. One of the scores submitted must be from Test 3 of that level. The 4 scores will be used in calculating the average (mean) score.
·   Only averages of 60% or higher qualify, with the same rider/horse combination.
·   Awards may not be won by the same rider/horse combination at the same level more than once. 
·   Opportunity classes do not count towards this award.
·    Participating GMOs for this award are: Western NY Dressage Association, Cayuga Dressage & CT, Central NY Dressage & CT. 
·    Riders must provide proof of eight volunteer hours worked by sending a completed and signed volunteer hour form to the Scorekeeper by October 14 of the competition year to be considered eligible for this award.
·    Report scores to the score keeper using the Joint Upstate High Point Dressage Award form


CNYD&CTA Eventing Year End Award

  • Awards are offered at the following levels: Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, and Preliminary and Above.
  • Awards will be based on results from unrecognized events or USEA-sanctioned competitions.
  • Winners will be determined based on the average of the two (2) lowest penalty point scores at that level.
  • All three phases must be completed at the competitions
  • Completed Year End Award Reporting Form and copies of the front page of the dressage tests with your forms submitted to Awards Coordinator.

Rider Achievement Awards & Requirements

  •  Scores may be earned in any year, but before October of the current year.
  • Rider must not have won an Achievement Award at this level previously.
  • Rider must be a member is good standing at the time the scores are earned.
  •  Awards are based on the average of scores are awarded to Jr/YR, Adult Amateur, and Open divisions at each level for Recognized and schooling shows.Horse and rider may only receive one award per year at the highest level for which they qualify. 
  • The Rider Achievement Award Reporting Form must be submitted by October 1st of the current year to the Awards Coordinator. Please submit copies of the front page of the dressage tests with your forms. Submitting scores and required documentation from all shows is the member’s responsibility. Incomplete forms will not be processed.

Dressage Achievement Awards for Training – Grand Prix & Western Dressage 

  • Four scores of 60.000% or higher earned at USEF Recognized competitions.
  • One score MUST be at the highest test in that level.
  • A minimum of two scores must be recorded from two different competitions and two different judges.

Eventing Achievement Awards for Beginner Novice - Advanced

  • Three scores earned at USEA-sanctioned Events with all 3 phases completed and no cross-country jumping penalties.
  • Placed 1st through 6th at the completion of at least ONE of the USEA-sanctioned Events.

CNYD&CTA Member of the Year


The Member of the Year Award Recognizes a current CNYD&CTA member who, through cumulative and consistent volunteering, has demonstrated exceptional commitment, representation and promotion of CNYD&CTA and CNYD&CTA's mission. Members may nominate fellow members to receive this award.



The CNYD&CTA Awards Program is to encourage CNYD&CTA members to learn and improve by recognizing their achievements during the current year. Awards through 6th place will be presented at the Annual Awards Banquet each year.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CNYD&CTA AWARDS:

The award year is October 1 through September 30.

  • For official year-end results or award standings, no corrections will be accepted after 5:00 pm EST on October 1st of the award year.
  • Rider must be a member is good standing at the time the scores are earned.
  • Horse and rider combination must be the same (Except for Rider Achievement Awards). 
  • As of 2017, to be considered for any Year-End Awards, riders must complete 10 volunteer hours within the competition year and submit the Volunteer Hours Reporting Form along with their Awards Reporting Forms to the Awards Coordinator, Amy Schmidt at 6935 Sevier Road, Jamesville, NY 13078
  • Awards are based on the average of scores) are given for Jr/YR, Adult Amateur, and Open at each level for Recognized and schooling shows. Horse and rider may only receive one award per year at the highest level for which they qualify. The Year End Award Reporting Form and Rider Achievement Award Reporting Form must be submitted by October 1st of the current year to the Awards Coordinator. Please submit copies of the front page of the dressage tests with your forms. 
  • Submitting scores and required documentation from all shows is the member’s
    responsibility. Incomplete forms will not be processed.