SWVADA Schooling Shows and Clinics

Message from our President

Happy New Year SWVADA members!

I sincerely wish you all a happy and healthy 2022 with your horses. I hope your year has started off better than mine, since I have a horse with a pelvic fracture on stall rest in winter weather…

SWVADA will be (hopefully) off and running with many events to engage the members this year. Please renew your membership by sending your check and forms from the website to Candi Hylton.

We will hold 3 competitions at GHPEC, once again combining with BREA. Those dates are on this website. Check the website for the prize list and entry forms soon.


Juniors and young riders, SWVADA has been given a generous grant that you will be able to apply for. These funds will be earmarked for training costs and will be awarded to members in good standing. Details will be available on the website in a few weeks.

The VHC will be hosting a CDI May 20-22. They will need volunteers, and this is an EXCELLENT way to watch some of the best dressage on the east coast and elsewhere (think Devon quality).


SWVADA generally awards annually to a member the Barcelli Award. Please refer to the website for the full qualifications for this highest award, but basically, this is to the member of SWVADA who best demonstrates the spirit of dressage in SW VA. It is NOT the volunteer of the year award, but it is possible for one person to receive both. The membership is to select and vote for this person. Please submit your nominees to any board member.

As always, if you have any suggestions, questions or feedback, feel free to reach out to me, or any board member.

Laura Nelson, president

2022 Volunteers Needed 

WE NEED YOU - Volunteers make our shows and clinics happen.

Sarah Edwards is SWADA's 2022 volunteer coordinator. This is a great way for an active competitor to get your hours "behind the scenes". 

We also need someone to serve as co-manager of the SWVADA/BREA shows we have scheduled.


To run a smooth and efficient show, we need gate stewards, score sheet runners, scribe, scorers, announcer and lots of hands for setup the day before and take down at the end of the show. A pickup truck for setup and take down is helpful, if someone can commit their time and vehicle.


We provide lunch and will schedule around ride times if you are showing.


Job preference will be given to early responders. No experience needed, we provide on the job training, and lunch for all volunteers!

Please contact Sarah Edwards to volunteer, and thank you in advance for helping out.

2022 SWVADA Clinics and Schooling Shows

January 29, February 26, and March 26 - Winter Schooling Show Series at Hill of Dreams Equestrian Center, Wirtz, VA (hillofdreamsequestrian.com) (not SWVADA sponsored but scores may count toward SWVADA year-end awards)


March 20 - Educational Sunday at Alphin Stuart Arena at Virginia Tech included a discussion of new USDF and USEF rules including major changes to dressage attire for the show ring in 2022, rider fitness, caveletti for gymnastics and training, how to earn those extra points on your dressage test, a polocross demonstration, and a used tack sale. 

April 24 - BREA/SWVADA Spring Horse Trials, CT and Dressage (Green Hill Park Equestrian Center) Results

June 5 - BREA/SWVADA Summer CT and Dressage (Green Hill Park Equestrian Center)

October 16 - BREA/SWVADA Fall Horse Trials, CT and Dressage (Green Hill Park Equestrian Center)

We are finalizing plans for more exciting clinic ideas, and will add information here soon.

SWVADA 2021 Clinics 

SWVADA and VADA sponsored a two-day Dressage Clinic with Jerry Schurink on August 28-29. This clinic had a great turnout of both riders and auditors, and a clinic report will be available soon.


After several years' absence, Educational Sunday returned on May 16, 2021, at Green Hill Park. Special thanks to all our presenters, and everyone who worked hard to make this happen. Featured topics included:

  • Cavaletti for the Dressage Horse and Not-So Dressage Horse demo, with Tracey Smith-Oliver

  • Creating a Musical Freestyle with Kathryn Abrams

  • Body Work for Your Horse, with Jennifer Benson

  • Strengthening Your Core, with Dave Cecchini

  • Used Tack Sale

We are planning another great season in 2022. Please contact our board members if you  have any thoughts or ideas for future clinics and member events.

Want to Enter Our Next Event?

Look no further!

We had a full calendar in 2021 and  more great shows and clinics are on tap for 2022. You can find links to current prize lists and entry forms in banners at the top of this page.

Fun for Everyone!

If you are a non-rider just looking to spend time in the community, we would love to have you volunteer!


Come out and join in on the fun in 2022! 

Results From Recent Shows:


Thank you to the competitors who came out and supported our SWVADA Schooling Shows! Placings and scores are now available. 

SWVADA-BREA October 2021 Schooling Show

SWVADA-BREA June 2021 Schooling Show

SWVADA-BREA May 2021 Schooling Show 

SWADA-BREA October 2020 Schooling Show

SWADA-BREA August 2020 Schooling Show

RVPC Fall Frolic 2020

RVPC Summer Frolic 2020