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HDS Schooling Show Year End Awards 

HDS Schooling Show Year End Awards for schooling show competitors are offered in several categories—USDF Introductory to Fourth Level, Freestyles First to Third Level, Western Dressage, Eventing Dressage, Prix Caprilli (dressage with jumps) and Dressage Seat Equitation. In addition, Year End Awards are by division—Youth (JR/YR), Adult Amateur and Open, except where noted. There is an annual HDS Awards Banquet to recognize the winners.


  1. You must be a member of HDS, and have your horse/rider combination registered and paid.

  2. The HDS schooling show year runs from December 1 to November 30 of the next year.

  3. Year End Awards will be given in all 3 divisions: Youth (JR/YR), Adult Amateur and Open, except for Dressage Seat Equitation and Freestyles.

  4. Only scores from HDS “recognized” schooling shows will be used. Check the HDS Schooling Show Calendar to confirm HDS show recognition.

  5. Award winners are determined by the AVERAGE of the top 3 schooling show test scores from ALL tests at the same level for the rider/horse combination.

  6. One judge duplication is allowed. For multiple scores from the same judge, the highest two scores from that judge will be used, along with a third score from a different judge, to calculate the score average.

  7. Scores from the HDS open schooling show, held concurrently with the annual HDS Schooling Show Championship, count towards the end-of-year awards for the new show year. Schooling Show Championship classes are not included in end-of-year award averages.

Schooling Show Award Category Specifics

USDF tests Introductory to Fourth Level and USDF Freestyles:

  • A horse/rider combination can only win at two contiguous levels. If the combination wins at more than two levels, the two highest levels will be used with the lower level dropped.

  • Freestyles awards will be calculated for all rider divisions combined (Youth, Adult Amateur and Open).

Western Dressage (WDAA) and Eventing Dressage (USEA):

  • The two highest scores by a rider/horse combination regardless of level are averaged to calculate the winners.

Prix Caprilli (Dressage with Jumps):

  • The three approved HDS Prix Caprilli tests will be treated as one level.

  • The Prix Caprilli tests are available on the HDS Web site.

Dressage Seat Equitation:

  • End-of-Year Awards will be given for English-tack-only equitation classes.

  • Only the Adult Amateur and Youth (JR/YR) divisions are eligible for year-end equitation awards.

  • Scores from both Walk/Trot and/or Walk/Trot/Canter equitation classes will be combined to calculate the average score.

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