Member Spotlight

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


News and Announcements​


  • SWVADA and BREA are co-sponsoring a Dressage and Combined Test Schooling Show at Green Hill Park Equestrian Center on October 10. Entry forms are available here

  • 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. 

  • Attention riders - SWVADA 2021 Point Totals through mid-September are available here.

  • 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 here.

  • The SWVADA 2020 Awards banquet will not be held this year due to continuing Covid-19 concerns. We are still working on plans for an awards ceremony. Watch this space, and your eBlasts, for more information soon.

  • 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 2021 SWVADA Membership is due. 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. We are also in need of a Volunteer Coordinator for 2021. Please contact SWVADA President Laura Nelson if you can help out.  

  • Message from SWVADA President: As we continue to deal with Covid-19 in our communities, please be patient and flexible as our local and regional organizations resume show offerings. These individuals, both volunteer and professional, have no more experience navigating a pandemic than anyone else. Everyone is doing their best under extraordinary circumstances at great stress and added expense.

    Many shows and clinics will likely run at a loss in 2021 in order to keep our sport alive during this trying time. Additional protocols and associated supplies add considerably to expenses, and show facilities can close and re-open suddenly due to their individual risk factors. 

    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 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 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.

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  • 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.​​​ 

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  • SWVADA Board Meetings are held on the third Monday of every month, currently by conference call due to Covid-19 concerns. Please contact SWVADA President Laura Nelson if you'd like to attend. Minutes of previous meetings are available on our Resources page.​

VADA Awards 2019