Member Spotlight

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


News and Announcements​


  • Please see a message from SWVADA President Laura Nelson on the SWVADA Schooling Show and Clinics page.

  • SWVADA Educational Sunday and 2021 Awards Presentation will be held on March 20 at Virginia Tech's Alphin-Stuart Arena. Click here for schedule.

  • SWVADA Year-end point totals for 2021 are final, and available here.

  • The SWVADA 2020 Awards banquet was not held due to continuing Covid-19 concerns, but our 2020 year-end results are final. Congratulations to all 2020 award winners! As so many shows were canceled or postponed last year, award requirements were changed from minimum of 5 tests to 2 tests for 2020 only.

  • Your 2022 SWVADA Membership renewal is due soon. Click here for a membership form.​ 

  • The Lehigh Valley Dressage Association will be hosting the the Region 1 Youth Dressage Team Challenge for a second year on June 25-26, 2022 at HITS Commonwealth Park, Culpeper, VA. Let's see a SWVADA chapter team compete! For more information, click here, here, here, and here.

  • The Virginia Dressage Association (VADA) is excited to announce that its new website is up and running and can be found using the same domain name -

  • 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. Please contact SWVADA President Laura Nelson if you can help out.

  • 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. Our Resources page has  links to these plus 2109 Prix Caprilli, Eventing and Western Dressage tests.

  • Green Hill Park Equestrian Center, one of the area's most popular facilities, is working on a long-needed arena improvement project. This facility's existence depends on membership fees, and support from area horsemen is essential to keep it open. 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. Please contact SWVADA President Laura Nelson if you'd like to attend. Minutes of previous meetings are available on our Resources page.​

VADA Awards Banquet