Our competitions are held at Briggs Stable in Hanover MA. Tests are run on grass with the exception of Leadline classes which are held in a sand arena. There are both grass and sand warmup areas. Classes may be Junior, Senior, or combined Junior/Senior. We follow guidelines of USEF and USDF for our competitions - feel free to contact one of our officials if you have any questions. HDA shows are also PAC approved.
English: CLICK HERE FOR USDF TESTS
Western: CLICK HERE FOR WDAA TESTS
Lead Line: SCROLL DOWN
Each rider must complete a minimum of 4 hours of time spent helping to present a show(s), clinic(s) or other Club event to qualify for year-end awards. Time spent can be on any number of tasks the day of a show, as well as setup or take-down of the rings. Scroll down for more details about each type of volunteer that is needed to run a show - all are a great way to meet other dressage enthusiasts and learn about showing. Other volunteer opportunities outside of show dates may present themselves so please let us know if that is the only time you have available. If you are unable to put in the time yourself, you can also have someone work in your place as a proxy. This person just needs to be sure to mention you as their designated recipient of the volunteer time. (Regardless of proxy situations, the person who actually does the volunteering is the person eligible for possible year-end volunteer awards.) Join our Facebook group to stay updated on volunteer needs!
Year End Award ribbons for first through fourth place are given for each test during our Annual Awards Banquet in January. Division prizes for Champion and Reserve Champion are given for each level (Intro, Training, etc.) for Juniors and Seniors (as participation allows). Scroll down to view all Year End Award rules.
(1 for each judge) Scribes write the scores and comments for each movement onto the test sheet as the judge dictates. They help the judge identify rider numbers and match to score sheets, then hand completed test sheets off to a Runner. It is recommended that this person be a fast writer with clear handwriting who is familiar with dressage terms.
(1 person.) After every few rides, and in between riders being in the ring, the Runner takes test sheets from the scribes to the scorers. They will check with judges and scribes on whether they need any beverages or refreshments.
(2 people - can be trained day of.) The Scorers calculate test scores and check against one another to confirm the placings in each class.
(1 person) The Awards volunteer sets up ribbons and prizes for each class. They write scores and ribbon placings on the bulletin board outside the office. They will ensure that each rider receives his/her correct test sheet and award.
(1-2 people) Ring Steward(s) stand with clipboards near entrance to arena(s) and keeps track of riders. They are the reference point for riders needing to know their showing order, and when they are due in which ring. Stewards communicate via walkie-talkie with the office regarding any scratches, and ensure that riders on on hand to enter ring at assigned time.
(Up to 15 people, before and after the show - can be two separate teams.) For setup, volunteers should report to the show grounds the day before show to set up arenas and markers, plus the show office. Set-up takes a few hours. For take-down, volunteers help take apart arenas and stow equipment in the clubhouse. Take-down takes about a half-hour. Volunteers with trucks are especially welcome!