Member Spotlight

Marcia Springston was SWVADA's 2018 Training Level Champion in the Schooling Show Division. Read her story here.

News and Announcements​

  • VADA issued a special thank you to all 2020 volunteers who helped make shows happen despite the special problems COVID presented this year. If you volunteered and want to give your hours to a friend for year-end awards, please contact to get your Volunteer Form sooner rather than later.  If you are using your own hours, you will not need to submit a form. Please read their thank you letter here.

  • VADA presents the Shel Gafford Memorial Award for Excellence in Sportsmanship annually to a VADA chapter member. Nominations are due by December 1, 2020. If you would like to nominate a deserving SWVADA member, click here for information and nomination form.  

  • Message from SVVADA President: As we move beyond quarantine and lock down in our dressage show community, please be patient and flexible as our local and regional organizations resume show offerings. These individuals, both volunteer and professional, have no more experience in a post-pandemic world than anyone else. We are all trying to determine and formulate new safety guidelines, often in the absence of national-level guidance. Everyone is doing their best under extraordinary circumstances at great time and expense.

    GMOs and private farms will probably run most of their offerings (shows, clinics, etc.) at a loss in 2020 in order to "keep our sport alive" during this trying time. The additional protocols and associated supplies (masks for volunteers, cleaners and hand sanitizer, electronic communication devices, emergency response crews to handle show incidents in a medically professional manner, etc.) required to implement the protocols will cost a substantial sum of money. In addition, these purchases will be procured via multiple orders, at uncertain intervals, because of the lack of supply availability. Membership for most organizations has decreased significantly this year because there have been so few shows to date. To compensate the members, many GMO chapters will carry their 2020 memberships over into 2021. The chapters will still pay national fees to the parent organizations for two years (2020 and 2021) for each and every one of us, yet they will only collect dues from us for 2020. In essence, they will carry us at a loss.

    So, to reiterate, please be patient and flexible. Try to adhere to the new rules. Don't complain if you see some organizations, especially private ones, add a COVID-19 surcharge to their entries. Don't create Facebook posts that complain about the quality of prizes. Simply be appreciative that there are many underpaid dressage professionals and dedicated volunteers who are trying to maintain our sport in the best way that they can under conditions for which none of us are at fault.

  • The VADA symposium with George Williams and Bill Warren originally scheduled for June 27 and 28 has been postponed until June of 2021.

  • Your 2020 SWVADA Membership is due. Forms  are available here.​  

  • SWVADA's annual awards banquet was held on February 22. Congratulations to all our 2019 award winners! And special thanks to all our 2019 competitors for making the effort to get out there and show, and all the volunteers who worked tirelessly to make SWVADA's shows and clinics a success!

  • SWVADA also began offering schooling show series high-point awards last year. Our 2019 winners are listed on the Awards and Standings page.

  • SWVADA shows and clinics cannot happen without our volunteers. We provide lunch and are happy to work around your ride times if you are showing. No experience needed - on the job training cheerfully provided. This is an excellent opportunity to get your required volunteer hours to qualify for year end awards, plus our big raffle at the end of the year. The more you volunteer, the more raffle tickets you get. Thank you Jean Krason for a fantastic job as Volunteer Coordinator this past year! Evie Washburn will serve as Volunteer Coordinator for 2020.

  • The new USDF Regional Schooling Show Award Program which started 
    December 1, 2019 offers regional recognition to USDF Group Members competing in participating non-USEF-licensed/non-USDF-recognized competitions. More information is available here, and complete  program rules may be found on the USDF website.

  • If you'd like to receive monthly SWVADA eBlasts, which contain the most recently organization information as well as a list of upcoming events, please email

  • The 2019 Dressage Tests are now available online at: See our Resources page for links to 2019 Prix Caprilli, Eventing and Western Dressage tests.

  • Green Hill Park Equestrian Center, one of the area's most popular facilities, has big plans for an improvement project.  Click here for further information on the project and what YOU can do to help.​​​

  • SWVADA Board Meetings are held on the third Monday of every month at Hollywood's Restaurant in Hollins.  Please contact a Board member in advance if you'd like to attend. Minutes of previous meetings are available on our Resources page.​

VADA Awards 2019

President: Laura Nelson (

Vice President: Tamla Nichols (

Secretary: Judy Altizer (

Treasurer: Annie Connelly (

Webmaster: Beckie Irons (

Members at Large: 

 Candi Hylton (

 Denise Lennon (

 Rachel Roy (

 Muffin Smith (


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