Awards Frequently Asked Questions


Are volunteer hours required for year end awards?
No, but the guilt of not helping might eat you alive!CTDS has many opportunities for you help so don’t be shy. :)


Do my scores automatically go to the Awards Coordinator?
The CTDS mini-show scores automatically go to the Awards Coordinator. Scores for Recognized Shows are sent to CTDS by USDF after Regional Championship.


Are board members eligible for year end awards?
Board members are not eligible for awards voted upon by the board itself.


How many Year End Awards are there and what are they?
Year End Awards can be divided into awards for showing, and involvement/contribution.


Showing Awards: For CTDS mini-shows awards are given for each division for 1st-6th place for Lead-in -2nd level. USDF awards are given from Training to Grand Prix. Awards are also given for Champion and Reserve Champion for each level and division for both mini-shows and USDF Shows.

There are also the following showing awards:

  • Masters Award: awarded to the highest age of horse and rider combined receiving the highest percentage in any one (1) test at either the CTDS mini show or USDF recognized shows.
  • Rookie Cookie Award: Horse and rider in the first year of showing. Recipient to be determined by the Board.

Involvement/Contribution Awards include the following:

  • Best Attendance Award. It is awarded to the member who attended the most the Society recognized shows on any horse at any level. If there shall be ties, the highest average of all rides is the Champion, second highest Reserve Champion, the third highest receives Honorable Mention.
  • Most Contributing Member. Individual selected by the Board. The recipient shall be a member of the Society, but need not be a rider.
  • Most Contributing Non-Member Award. Individual who has given special support to the Society or its members during the year. Individual selected by the Board.

What is the timeline for the show season?
The timeline for show scores to count towards Year End Awards is November 1st of the previous year, to November 1st of the current year.


How are the scores figured for awards?
For mini-shows & Recognized Shows, it is the average of the 3 highest scores from the highest test of the level under 3 different judges. Minimum acceptable score of 55%.


Scholarship Awards:

Awarding a  $500 scholarship to an Open, Adult Amateur and Junior member per year. The scholarship is given as a credit towards any CTDS  recognized event.

If a horse and rider re-ride a test during a mini-show, which scores will count?

The first scores will count towards year end awards, not the re-ride scores (the re-ride scores would have been HC anyway). Note: you can have both scores count if you ride one test in Amateur or Junior, and the same test Open.
HC or Hors Concours rides do not count towards Year End scores.


If someone else rides my horse in a show, will her scores count towards my end-of-year award?
No. Only the physical rider of the horse at the time of the show may use the scores for Year End Awards.


When are the awards distributed?
The awards are distributed at the CTDS Year End Banquet.

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