Year End Awards
Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet
The 15th Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet is Scheduled for Sun., March 3rd, 2024.The doors at the Hilton Garden Inn in Exton will open at 5pm, and official activities start at 5:45. Along with the Meeting, Dinner, and Awards presentations, we will have games, a fashion trunk show, and a special speaker. Lindsy Gumbiner will educate us on the types of safety vests for equestrians and helmet safety standards.
NOTE: 2023 Show Awards Modification
Due to the weather related cancelation of show #4, the following changes are being allowed for the 2023 awards.
Series Awards - for members & non-members. The minimum number of scores required has been reduced from 3 scores at 3 different shows to 2 scores from 2 different shows in the series. The average will then be used to calculate the winners.
Membership Year End Awards - A two show requirement is still being used, but for members that had entered the Sept 24th show, they may substitute a score from another show in it's place. Additionally, as normal, all members may submit additional supplemental scores from other shows at the same level. Only 1 score from each show date is allowed - use the best score at the level, up to a total of 5 scores.
FCEA Year End Awards
FCEA awards the members that show at FCEA shows with the following awards for horse and rider teams. The rider MUST be an FCEA member in good standing as of October 1 of the competition year. Awards will be compiled by an appointee of the Board of Directors known as the Points Manager (PM) and awarded at the Annual Meeting in February the following year. The competition year for schooling shows runs from April 1 to November 30.
Individual members must volunteer four (4) hours at any club event during the current fiscal year to be eligible for ANY year end award. In case of a tie, Volunteer hours will be the tie breaker for First Place. In the event that the yearly volunteer hours have not been completed, the member may sponsor their hours. Cost of sponsorship is $50(+processing fees).
***Riders are responsible for submitting their scores for any non FCEA shows. To submit scores, take a picture or photo copy of the completed front and back of the test, and send to the Point Manager. Scores may be submitted at anytime during the year. All scores must be submitted by November 30 of the competition year. For each level being considered, the top scores earned on different dates will be used to calculate points. If fewer than the required number of scores are attended/submitted, then the points submitted will be used for placings.
For all awards, points are based on the horse and rider combination. The team may earn points in two consecutive levels. If the next higher level (a third level) is attempted, the scores earned at the lowest level will be disqualified.
Schooling Show High Point Awards
By attending at least 2 FCEA shows, members are eligible to compete for year end awards. Supplemental scores may then be earned at any local dressage show. ***Members are responsible for reporting their show results to the Point Manager. BONUS points will be awarded for tests completed at FCEA run shows; 2% points will be added to FCEA show dressage scores.
Dressage High Point will use the total of the percentage scores of the best five scores earned at five different shows, on different dates, to determine the winner at each level. Dressage levels will be awarded Intro thru FEI. Miscellaneous tests of choice are not eligible for year-end awards (Musical Freestyle, Prix Caprilli, Leadline, etc). Western Dressage and Working Equitation Dressage will be presented as a separate division.
CT Best Score will use the final scores earned in Elementary thru Preliminary. Each level will be awarded separately.
Open: Open to ALL members. The eight (8) horse and rider combinations with the most total points will be awarded in each level in Dressage and Combined Training. Also awarded to Western Dressage and Working Equitation Dressage.
Amateur Dressage: Open to adult amateur members. The six (6) horse and rider combinations with the most total points will be awarded. If rider has competed at two levels, the best 5 scores from different shows will be used.
Junior Dressage: Open to members 18 or under as of Dec. 31 of the current fiscal year. The six (6) horse and rider combinations with the most total points will be awarded. If rider has competed at two levels, the best 5 scores from different shows, will be used.
Masters Dressage: Open to members over the age of 50 as of Dec. 31 of the current fiscal year. The six (6) horse and rider combinations with the most total points will be awarded. If rider has competed at two levels, the best 5 scores from different shows, will be used.
High Point Awards
Members can earn scores at any recognized USEF, USDF or USEA shows from 1/1 to 11/30 of the membership year. Open Classes in Dressage (Intro thru FEI) and Eventing (Elementary thru Advanced) will be accepted. Five best scores from different show dates should be submitted to the Points Manager. Alternately (preferred), members may print their score summary from their respective web sites (USDF and USEA) and turn them in to the Points Manager. All results must be turned in by November 30th of the current fiscal year.
Three Awards will be given in each division.
Dressage –Diamond, Swarovski and Rhinestone Awards
Eventing –Badminton, Burghley and Rolex Awards
FCEA Trainer of the Year Award
Instructor Members earn points when their member students accumulate points at FCEA schooling shows. Members will indicate their trainer on their membership form. If trainer change happens during the year, a Trainer Change Form must be submitted to the membership secretary.
2022 - Ange Bean
2020 - Louise Jordan-Beam
2019 - Alexa Derr
2018 - Cyndi Stephens
Best Average Award
Awarded to the horse and rider team that earns the best average scores at a level according to the following criteria:
Dressage: The team must receive at least 6 scores at a minimum of three FCEA shows. All scores earned will be averaged to find the Champion.
Eventing: The team must compete at a minimum of 3 FCEA Shows in the Combined Training Division. All scores earned will be averaged to find the Champion.
Dressage Achievement Award
A horse and rider combination must receive three scores at FCEA shows, at the highest test of the level, in the current year. All scores must be received at the same level. Only dressage classes will count. The dressage phase of a combined test or horse trial will not be considered. A horse and rider combination may only receive an achievement award once at each level.
Intro Level and Training Level - scores >= 64%
First Level thru FEI – scores >= 62%
Eventing Achievement Award
A horse and rider combination must receive three penalty scores, at the same level, at FCEA shows in the current year. A horse and rider combination may only receive an achievement award once at each level.
Elementary (2’ & under) and Starter (to 2’3)- penalty scores <= 36
Beg. Novice and Novice <= 38
Training and Prelim <=40
Amateur Owned & Trained Award
Amateur (or Junior) Owned and Trained Award
Horses must be nominated by owner to compete per year. Horses of all levels may compete for this award. Score is calculated using the top three scores earned at any FCEA show .
Amateur owner is the trainer and rider of the horse.
Lessee will be considered owner – submit copy of lease with nomination
Horse has not had any professional training.
A professional is defined as someone who receives compensation (whether monetary or in kind) to maintain or improve the skills of the horse.
A professional may get on the horse during a lesson to demonstrate only
NOTE: The spirit of this award is the amateur who has raised and trained their own horse.
Off the Track Thoroughbred Award
All tattooed Thoroughbreds are eligible for this award. When ridden by an FCEA member, tattooed TB’s earn scores at FCEA shows. Tattoo must be confirmed by the organizer of the FCEA show. A minimum two(2) scores at two(2) different FCEA shows are required for eligibility. Volunteer hours are also required for eligibility. Points based on the best two scores at the same level from two different shows.
Awarded at the following Dressage Levels:
Intro Level Tests 2 & 3
Training Level Tests 2 & 3
First Level Tests 2 & 3
The Doodlebug Award
Doodlebug was a special horse for Fay Seltzer. Though she was not particularly well suited to be a dressage horse, she had a heart of gold, and tried to do whatever was asked. This award is presented to a horse with these same qualities.
2022 - Katie Brodar's Dream Catcher
2021 - Courtney Sarge's Dutch Knights Dream
2020 - Kim Hennessy's Elsewhere
2019 - Jessica Rexroth's Fiona
2018 - Deb Camplone's Cal Shining Star
2017 - Linda Otto's Mr Dillon