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

News and Announcements​​

  • The SWVADA/BREA show scheduled for May 3 has been postponed due to COVID-19 and GHPEC requirements. We hope to reschedule it some time in June. More information will be posted here as plans develop.

  • The SWVADA March board meeting was cancelled due to concerns about the COVID-19 virus. At this point we expect to meet as usual in April. Please watch this site for further information.

  • The SWVADA Cavaletti Clinic originally scheduled for April 25 at Green Hill Park has been postponed due to COVID-19 and GHPEC requirements. We hope to  reschedule later this year. Watch this page for further information.

  • VADA is sponsoring an auditor-friendly symposium with George Williams and Bill Warren on June 27 and 28 at Stave Mill Farm, Esmont VA. Rider applications are due by April 1. Auditor registration will be available after April 1 and the sign-up form will be posted at Audit fee of $25 a day for VADA Members ($40 for non-members) will include all unmounted educational sessions, lunch, snacks and drinks.

  • 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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