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USDF Awards Equivalency Chart
For USDF awards purposes only
FEI Children Individual and Team Tests
FEI Pony Rider Individual, Team, & Freestyle Tests* FEI Junior Individual, Team, & Freestyle Tests* FEI Young Rider Individual and Team Tests FEI Young Rider Freestyle Test USEF Developing Horse Prix St. Georges Test FEI Grand Prix 16-25 Test
USEF Developing Horse Grand Prix Test FEI Grand Prix Special Test Hors de concours & Opportunity Class scores
Equivalent To RA YE HPC
Highest test of Second Level Highest test of Second Level Highest test of Third Level Prix St. Georges
Fourth Level Freestyle Prix St. Georges Intermediate II
Do not count towards any USDF awards N/A N/A N/A
RA = Rider Awards YE = Year-End Awards HPC = Horse Performance Certificates *Freestyle tests equivalent to applicable level & freestyle scores are not eligible for HPC
Adequan®/USDF Year-End Awards
CALCULATING A MEDIAN SCORE FOR YEAR-END AWARD PURPOSES
Step 1: Once the minimum scores and requirements are met, use only the top two scores from each individual judge (if judged separately), or judge panel, to calculate the median. (A judge panel will be considered different if at least one member of the panel is changed.) Therefore, the median score (step 3) may be calculated using less than the minimum required number of scores.
Step 2: If the total number of eligible scores left, after removing any applicable scores from step 1, still exceeds the number of scores needed in the award criteria by at least one, the lowest score will automatically be dropped from the median score calculation.
Step 3: The median score is calculated at the end. When there is an odd number of eligible scores, the median score is the middle score. When there is an even number of eligible scores, the median is the average of the two middle scores. AWARD RANKINGS: CONSECUTIVE LEVELS • For the following awards: Dressage Horse of the Year (HOY),
Musical Freestyle, Musical Freestyle Challenge, USEF Four-year- old, FEI Five- and Six-year-old, and the applicable divisions within the All-Breeds Awards, a horse may only be eligible to be ranked in the final USDF year-end award standings at a maximum of two consecutive levels, as defined per USEF DR. 119.2, within the same competition year. If a horse meets the criteria to be ranked in the final USDF year-end award standings in more than two levels in the same competition year, the horse will only be ranked at the
highest level, and if qualified, the next level consecutive to that highest level. • For the following awards: Adult Amateur, Adult Amateur Musical
Freestyle, Junior/Young Rider, Vintage Cup, and the applicable divisions within the All-Breeds Awards, a horse/rider combination may only be eligible to be ranked in the final USDF year-end award standings at a maximum of two consecutive levels, as defined per USEF DR. 119.2, within the same competition year.
If a horse/rider combination meets the criteria to be ranked in the final USDF year-end awards standings in more than two levels in the same competition year, the horse/ rider combination will only be ranked at the highest level, and if qualified, the next level consecutive to that highest level. • A horse and/or horse/rider combination may appear in the preliminary standings in more than two consecutive levels prior to the standings being finalized. Appearing in the preliminary standings does not guarantee that a horse and/or horse/rider combination will appear in the final year-end and/or all-breeds standings. COMPETITIONS • Scores from dressage tests at USEF-licensed/USDF-recognized competitions will be recorded for USDF awards only when all judges who officiate the test are: USEF-licensed dressage or dressage sport horse breeding (DSHB) judges officiating at levels or classes for which they are licensed,
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FEI-licensed dressage judges, Individuals who have “Senior” status in dressage with another nation and for whom a USEF guest card has been issued, or A judge guest-carded by USEF for DSHB classes. • A USEF-licensed dressage technical delegate must officiate during
USEF/USDF dressage or DSHB competitions and all open dressage classes at USEF-licensed/USDF-recognized competitions, classified as USEF Regular or Local competitions, in order for scores from those classes to be counted for USDF year-end awards, with the exception of the all-breeds awards. • Scores earned in dressage classes at USEF-licensed/USDF-recognized
Regular or Local competitions, where the dressage classes are restricted to certain breeds, or a USEF-licensed dressage technical delegate does not officiate during all non-breed restricted dressage classes, will be recorded only for all-breeds awards. CLASSES Scores may be from open, junior/young rider, FEI junior, FEI young rider, adult amateur, Great American Insurance Group/USDF qualifying or championship classes, and most restricted classes. Scores obtained from breed restricted classes will only count towards all-breeds awards. • Open Class: A class that is open to all. There are no restrictions based on the horse (age, breed, sex, size, residence, or membership of owner) or rider (age, experience, qualifications, sex, residence, or membership). • Adult Amateur Class: A class that is open to amateurs who meet the USEF dressage definition of adult. • Junior/Young Rider Class: A class that is open to juniors and young riders who meet the USEF dressage definition of junior or young rider.
• Restricted Class: A class that is not open to all. There may be restrictions on the horse (age, sex, size, residence, or membership of owner) or rider (age, experience, qualifications, sex, residence, etc.). AWARDS • For the Junior/Young Rider, Adult Amateur, Adult Amateur
Musical Freestyle, Vintage Cup, and Para-Dressage Rider of the
Year Awards, the horse and rider are considered a pair at each level/ grade and certificates and prizes are awarded to the rider. • For Dressage, Materiale, and DSHB HOY, Musical Freestyle,
Musical Freestyle Challenge, USEF Four-Year-Old, FEI Five-, and Six-Year-Old awards, scores may be earned by more than one rider and certificates and prizes are awarded to the owner. • Champions and reserve champions at each level will receive a commemorative award. Only champions recognized for Musical
Freestyle Challenge. • Third, fourth, and/or fifth place award recipients at each level or category, for each of the year-end awards, when applicable, receive a stall plaque. • Certificates will be available online.
YEARBOOK AND PERPETUAL TROPHY RECOGNITION • Deadline to submit year-end award photographs (first placed year-end award recipient only) for the yearbook issue of USDF
Connection is the last Friday in October. • USDF will only accept digital photograph submissions and the
USDF Photo Release Form must accompany the photograph. • USDF does not guarantee that any submitted photograph will be used. • Perpetual trophies will be on permanent display in the USDF
National Education Center.
Award Category Placings Recognized in Yearbook Training Level - Prix St. Georges Intermediate I & II and Grand Prix
Junior/Young Rider Awards Adult Amateur Awards Adult Amateur Musical Freestyle Awards Vintage Cup Awards (both divisions) Para-Dressage Rider of the Year Awards Musical Freestyle Awards Musical Freestyle Challenge Dressage Horse of the Year Awards DSHB Horse of the Year Awards Materiale Horse of the Year Awards USEF Four & FEI Five- & Six-Year-Old Awards Dressage & DSHB Breeder of the Year All-Breeds Awards USDF YEARBOOK RECOGNITION
Up to 6th place Up to 3rd place
Up to 20th place
Up to 15th place Up to 6th place at each recognized level* Up to 5th place Up to 3rd place at each grade Up to 6th place at each recognized level* 1st place at each recognized level* Up to 20th place Up to 15th place Up to 5th place in each age/sex category Up to 5th place in each age/sex category Up to 3rd place Up to 5th place Up to 5th place, if PO has chosen to recognize