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Member Spotlight

SWVADA President Laura Nelson lost her long-time partner Kalif last year. Read about their wonderful journey here.

 News and Announcements​


  • SWVADA welcomes the new year with a terrific Educational Sunday program coming on February 26 at Virginia Tech's Alphin-Stuart Arena in Blacksburg. Along with an all-day tack sale, and 2022 SWVADA and BREA Annual Awards presentations at noon, it will feature judging panels and demo riders discussing the new 2023 training through fourth level tests, a session on the stretchy trot and free walk, and a session on grid work. 

  • SWVADA 2022 Year End Awards Standings are final. Awards willl be presented on February 26 at Educational Sunday. Congratulations to all award winners, and to everyone who came out to show in 2022!

  • The Interscholastic Equestrian Association is looking for horses to rent for Region 3 Finals to be held at Liberty University on March 11, 2023. If you have a suitable horse or pony available, see this flyer for more information.

  • Special thanks to Banixx, Kim Reid (Bemer), Blanket Safe, Coat Defense, and Southern States for their generous donations to SWVADA in 2022.

  • Competitors will be using new 2023 Dressage Tests and 2023 FEI Dressage Tests next year. Use these links or check our Resources page.

  • Jerry and Patty Brost have generously offered to fund an annual grant for SWVADA Junior and Young Riders. Click here to apply.

  • 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. Volunteer hours are required to qualify for year end awards. Please contact SWVADA volunteer coordinator Sarah Edwards if you can help out.

  • Your 2023 SWVADA Membership renewal is due December 1. 

  • The USDF Regional Schooling Show Award Program 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

  • Green Hill Park Equestrian Center, one of the area's most popular facilities, is working on an 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 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.​

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Congratulations 2021 SWVADA Champs!

Congratulations to all our 2021 SWVADA Award winners, and a huge thank you to everyone who came out to show and volunteer last year. 

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