Awards and Scholarships

2021 MDA Awards of Excellence Training level Open and Adult Amateur Champion and Synergy Award winner Renee Surprenant and Kennebec Jubilee

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

2021 MDA Awards of Excellence First Level Open and Adult Amateur  Champion Lin Nelson-Mayson and Tie Creek Zeta Jo

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 award eligibility and requirements.

*New for 2021* THE MDA MORGAN BREEDER AWARD (Sponsored by Karrie Rossen)

2021 Awards of Excellence Fourth Level Adult Amateur Champion and Prix St George Reserve Champion Angela Thayer and Highover French Krystle GCH

In recognition of the efforts of Morgan breeders to breed horses with specific talent for the sport of dressage, we are offering a new award for the MDA member who breeds the highest scoring morgan horse.  The winner of this award will receive a championship ribbon and a custom embroidered saddle pad. Please click here to see the award eligibility requirements and application.

THE MDA AMATEUR OWNER SYNERGY AWARD (Sponsored by Brenda Thoma)

2021 MDA Awards of Excellence Second Level Open and Adult Amateur Champion Courtney Weiler and Forsite Zephyr

In addition to the Awards of Excellence, and Morgan Breeder Award, 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:

2021 Awards of Excellence Intermediate I Champion, FEI Freestyle Champion and winner of the Breeder Award, Deb M’Gonigle and Forsite Renoir

— 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.

2021 MDA Awards of Excellence Prix St George Champion Pamela Walters-Whalon and CBMF Lady Elle

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:

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MDA SCHOOLING/MORGAN SHOW AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE

2020/2021 MDA Schooling Show Awards and 2021 MDA Awards of Excellence Grand Prix Champion Josephine Trott and HD Redford GCH. Photo credit Karli Dannewitz Photography

The Morgan Dressage Association introduces their “Schooling/Morgan Show Awards of Excellence” to be awarded to the five highest scoring Morgans at each USDF and FEI level competing at schooling or breed 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:

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MORGAN DRESSAGE SHOW HIGH POINT AWARDS *New for 2022*

Emily Laine and EMR Hashtag. MDA high point winner, Key Classic 2022

The Morgan Dressage Association is sponsoring an award for the highest score achieved by a Morgan horse in a single traditional dressage test at dressage shows run by Morgan breed shows. Please contact the show manager to find out if they are offering this high point award at your show. All winners in 2022 who are MDA members are eligible for the end of year high point award.

2021 Awards of Excellence Third Level Champion and Third/Fourth Freestyle Champion Erin Scelba Johnson and EMR Arising

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.

2021 Awards of Excellence Fourth Level Open Champion Gladheart Black Harris and Kimberlee Barker

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):

MDA High Point Winner, BlueandWhite Rebel and Sierra Breckenridge, Oregon Morgan Classic 2022

USDF Adequan All-Breeds/HOY rankings

2021 Awards of Excellence Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Young Horse Champion Aikanes Burning in Flames. Photo credit Stacey Wendkos
2021 Awards of Excellence Second Level Open Reserve Champion Karen Rossen and UVM Van Doren. Photo credit Camille Holmes
2021 Awards of Excellence First/Second level Freestyle Champion Erin Buie and CJ Quick On The Trigger
2021 Awards of Excellence First Level Open Reserve Champion Deb M’Gonigle and Forsite Reknowns Corazon
2021 Awards of Excellence Third Level Reserve Champion Kennebec Rugby and Kathleen Bailey
Laura Laney, MDA high point award, MJMHA Classic 2022
2021 Awards of Excellence First level and Second level Reserve Champion Adult Amateur Scatoaks Major Jake (ridden by Julie Hall)