The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce expanded awards for the USDF/Dover Saddlery Adult Amateur Medal program. New for the 2004 competition year, adult amateur riders at Second Level who win three USDF/Dover Medals will receive the USDF/Dover National Merit Award. These National Merit Award winners will then be eligible for the new 2004 USDF/Dover Adult Amateur Medal National Champion and Reserve Champion Awards.
Each USDF/Dover National Merit Award winner will receive a pewter trophy and a $40 Dover Saddlery gift certificate. A press release will also be sent to each winner's hometown newspaper and regional equestrian media.
All 2004 USDF/Dover National Merit Award winners will be eligible for the national awards. The USDF/Dover Adult Amateur Medal National Champion will be the rider with the highest average from their three top scores in Dover Medal-winning rides during the 2004 competition year. The Reserve Champion will be the rider with the second highest average of their three top scores in Dover Medal-winning rides during the 2004 competition year. The USDF/Dover Adult Amateur Medal National Champion and Reserve Champion will each receive a trophy and a Dover Saddlery gift certificate valued at $1,000 and $500, respectively. These awards will be presented at the USDF Convention in Lexington, Kentucky, November 30-December 5, 2004.
"The adult amateur rider represents an important segment in equestrian sport," explained Stephen Day, president and chief executive officer of Dover Saddlery. "Very often, it is the adult amateur rider who is the backbone of equestrian competitions and organizations. In sponsoring the USDF/Dover Medal, we wanted to create means of recognizing this rider segment for their commitment and accomplishments and simultaneously provide an obtainable goal for the Second Level amateur rider."
The USDF/Dover Medal program was specifically designed for adult amateurs showing at Second Level. To be eligible, the rider must be a member of USDF, be a current United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) adult amateur, and receive a 58% or better in a USDF/Dover Medal class.
In 2003, about 270 horse shows offered the USDF/Dover Medal program. This number is expected to increase in 2004 because of the growing popularity of the program and the expanded awards available for amateur riders. All USDF-recognized horse shows are invited to offer the USDF/Dover Medal program. Show managers wishing to do so should contact Krystina Firth at (859) 271-7895 or firstname.lastname@example.org