Awards and Scholarships

2020 MDA Schooling Show Awards  Training Level Champion Laura Laney and SCMF Gov Arnold

The Morgan Dressage Association sponsors three unique programs designed to both further the training and education of members and their Morgans in dressage, and to celebrate the achievement of members and their mounts in the world of competition.

MDA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The Morgan Dressage Association Scholarship Program provides monies to help further the training and education of memberships and their Morgans in the sport of dressage. Please click here to see eligibility requirements and program details.  We have been awarding these scholarships every year since 2005.

Past and Present MDA Scholarship Award Winners

2020 MDA Awards of Excellence First Level AA Champion Jodie Lakatos and Deer Creek Sharp Arrow

MDA AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE

The Morgan Dressage Association “Awards of Excellence” are given to the five highest scoring Morgans at each USDF and FEI level in United States Dressage Federation recognized competitions, including para-dressage, musical freestyle and dressage sport horse breeding classes, during the competition year (Nov. 1 through Oct. 31.). Horses must be ridden, handled or owned by an MDA member.  Please click here to see the eligibility requirements and application.

THE MDA AMATEUR OWNER SYNERGY AWARD

2020 Synergy Award winner & MDA Awards of Excellence Training Level Champion  Julie Hall and “Rudy”

In addition to the Awards of Excellence, the Morgan Dressage Association offers a special award for Amateur Owners called the Synergy Award.  It is given to the the highest averaged score from among the Individual Level MDA Awards of Excellence (Training through FEI) that also meets the following additional requirements:

— Adult Amateur riders must compete on a horse registered only to them.

— Jr. Amateur riders must compete on a horse registered only to them or their immediate family.

— Competitors must be recognized as USDF amateur riders.

— The score submitted must meet or exceed 65%

— Scores from USDF Rider (equitation) classes and Musical Freestyle classes do not apply.

2020 Schooling Show Awards Introductory Level Champion Hilde McDonald and Rivergate Steal My Heart

The single winner of this award will receive a custom embroidered fleece cooler as recognition for their teamwork. See the Awards of Excellence application form for more details.

Congratulations to past MDA Awards of Excellence Winners:

2020   2019   2018     2017     2016     2015     2014    2013     2012     2011     2010     2009     2008          2007     2006     2005     2004     2003     2002     2001     2000     1999

*New for 2020* 

MDA SCHOOLING SHOW AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE

2020 MDA Schooling Show Awards Grand Prix Champion Josephine Trott and HD Redford

The Morgan Dressage Association introduces their “Schooling Show Awards of Excellence” to be awarded to the five highest scoring Morgans at each USDF and FEI level competing at schooling shows, including musical freestyle and para-dressage tests, during the competition year (Nov. 1 through Oct. 31.). Horses must be ridden or owned by an MDA member.  Please click here to see eligibility requirements and application.

Congratulations to MDA Schooling Show Awards of Excellence Winners:

2020

2020 MDA Awards of Excellence Champion First Level Open, UVM Van Doren

OTHER AWARDS

AMHA Open Competition Program. The American Morgan Horse Association honors individuals who promote the Morgan breed in open competition through their Open Competition Program. For Year-End Awards in dressage, five scores from the same level must be submitted. In addition, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum Medallions are given to honor life-time achievements. A Half-Morgan Open Competition Program is also available. Please visit the AMHA Open Competition page for more information and details.  Below is a list of Silver, Gold and Platinum Medallion recipients (courtesy of the Morgan Sport Resource).

Database of Morgans that have earned AMHA Open Competition Program Silver, Gold or Platinum Medallions.

2020 MDA Schooling Show Awards Prix St George Champion Brenda Thoma and “Eclipse”

USDF Adequan®/All-Breeds Awards. The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) also recognizes excellence in the sport with their All-Breeds Awards. Individuals and their Morgans compete at all levels—from Training through Grand Prix in several divisions. Please visit the USDF website for more details and requirements. Past All-Breeds Winners and USDF Horse Of the Year rankings are listed below (courtesy of the Morgan Sport Resource):

USDF Adequan All-Breeds/HOY rankings

2020 MDA Awards of Excellence Third Level Champion Alexandra Gee and West River Hollyhock