Member Spotlight

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

News and Announcements​​

  • Our Annual Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020. The gift certificate drawing for all eligible volunteers will be held during the banquet. Time and location will be posted here as soon as plans are final.

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

  • SWVADA year-end award standings for 2019 are now available. Please take a look to be sure your information is accurate, and notify us if you see any errors. Thank you and congratulations to all our 2019 competitors for making the effort to get out there and show!

  • SWVADA also began offering schooling show series high-point awards this year. Congratulations to our 2019 winners, who are listed on the Awards and Standings page.

  • Our last show of the season was the SWVADA-BREA Fall Show on October 20 at Green Hill Park, offering combined test and dressage classes. Thanks to the volunteers and exhibitors who braved the rain and mud. Results 

  • SWVADA shows and clinics cannot happen without your time and effort. 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.

  • Save the date - VADA Awards Banquet on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at Greencroft Club, Charlottesville, Virginia.

  • USDF is introducing a new USDF Regional Schooling Show Award Program starting December 1, 2019 and offering 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 NEW 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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