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 and BREA co-sponsored a Dressage and Combined Test Schooling Show at Green Hill Park Equestrian Center on October 10. See show results here. Thanks to all who turned out to show and volunteer! 

  • Year-end awards: SWVADA/BREA show scores are automatically submitted. Outside shows are not, so the rider is responsible. To submit your scores for year-end awards, click hereYou may have a good chance to win at the state level too, so please send your scores to VADA by December 1. The VADA awards prizes for this year are going to be amazing!

  • Attention riders - SWVADA 2021 year-end point totals through November 9 are available here. and current volunteer hours are available here. Please look these over and be sure your point totals and volunteer hours are correct. Cut-off date is December 15.

  • 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.

  • Nominations for the 2021 VADA SHEL GAFFORD Award for Excellence in Horsemanship are due by December 1. Please take a few minutes to submit a nomination for any SWVADA member you feel has demonstrated outstanding horsemanship and leadership during the past year. 

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

  • 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, has big plans for 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 2021