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Georgia Dressage & Combined Training Association


GDCTA is a member-run organization that depends on the participation of its members! We welcome you to get involved in any of the many activities we offer.


    • NAYC


It not only takes countless hours of dedication and determination to reach riding goals, it takes a special spirit. As part of its mission, GDCTA offers a variety of award programs to recognize member achievement in dressage and eventing. The year-end award winners are celebrated during the Annual Awards Gala held early each year. In addition to the Awards Gala, GDCTA publishes an annual print edition of the Collected Remarks called a “yearbook” recognizing member successes.

Training Grants

GDCTA sets up each grant as an “event” so you will find more about them on the Event Calendar.

The GDCTA Grant has been established to provide funding support for GDCTA member-riders who are working to sharpen their riding skills. Four grants of $800* each will be offered to GDCTA members for concentrated work with a trainer of their choice within one year of receiving the grant award.


The mission of the GDCTA Grant Program is to provide educational opportunities to members who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to and/or excellence in the sport as well as service and ambassadorship within the Association.

The grant is meant for a GDCTA member to have the opportunity to be in a training situation that is not readily available during the course of his/her daily pattern. Grant monies must be used to participate in educational programs that include, but are not limited to: seminars, workshops, clinics and training programs offered by recognized or certified instructors.


These grants represent an investment by GDCTA. The recipient understands that the membership will benefit as a result of the recipient’s experience, therefore it is a requirement that the recipient will:

  • write an article for the GDCTA newsletter, Collected Remarks, for use on the GDCTA website and for GDCTA’s use in other publications
  • give a verbal report at a GDCTA board meeting as soon as possible after their training is complete
  • volunteer at least 8 hours (or the equivalent of one day) at a GDCTA function within a year of receiving the grant.

*I understand that I will receive an initial $600 of the grant after details of my training are confirmed, and one month before my training; the balance in the amount of $200 will be sent to me when the GDCTA newsletter editors receive my training experience article.

One grant will be awarded in each of the following categories:

  • Adult Amateur – Dressage
  • Professional
  • Combined Training
  • Jr/YR

  • GDCTA members in good standing.
  • US Citizen or permanent US resident holding Green card
  • Involvement in a regular riding program with active instruction over the last three years

Opening Date: February 1 

Closing Date: June 1

Winner Announcement: July 1


You will need to let us know you are applying on the Event page and then email your application with your 1 reference letter and the letter from the trainer you will be working with to Janie Pride.


We would prefer all applications and

recommendations letters to be emailed.

If to be snail mailed, it should come from applicant and be mailed to:

Janie Pride

8055 Midland Rd

Midland, GA 31820-4214

AND . . . 

The Equestrian Journal - for winners

Each GDCTA grant recipient will receive a special journal donated by The Equestrian Journal. Journaling is a great tool to help you organize your thoughts and record your progress.

Catherine Respess will also provide a journal coaching session to each grant winner to give them a “leg up” and fully enjoy the power of Journaling!!

Learn more:

Kudzu Klinics

The Kudzu Klinic Program is designed to provide an opportunity for low-cost instruction of correct basics for lower-level riders and their horses. A Trainer or Lecturer donates their time for the betterment of the sport and enjoyment of our riders. For example, in a dressage lesson format there will be one to two riders in each 45-minute session, with a maximum of 8 sessions. Lectures may be given at the clinics.


    •        You must be a GDCTA member to ride.

    •        Riders must include payment with entry to reserve a place                      in each clinic. Pay online.

    •        Rider Fee: $20

    •        Auditor Fee: $10

    •        A copy of a current negative Coggins certificate is required.

    •        All entries must sign a copy of the GDCTA Hold Harmless                     agreement.

    Kudzu Klinics are listed in the Events Calendar.

    GDCTA Hold Harmless Release Form

    Youth Programs

    GDCTA Youth Committee Mission Statement


    The GDCTA Youth Committee is an assembly of youth dressage and eventing rider-members. It is a leadership opportunity regardless of one’s riding endeavors and accomplishments. The Committee’s goal is to grow and retain GDCTA’s junior member population by promoting benefits of belonging to a GMO through educational, clinic and awards programs. These programs include the Letterman Jacket Program and Dressage Seat Equitation Medal Finals. All programs promote sportsmanship and volunteerism.  The Committee will report to the GDCTA Board and will keep minutes. The Committee will strive to be self-funded to achieve the goals mentioned above, through fundraisers and work projects.

    GDCTA is seeking new members for its Ambassador Program! Anyone wanting to join the Youth Committee, contact Joanne Morse.

    GDCTA supports NAYC

    The FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC) for Dressage is a unique and prestigious competition which brings together the top Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) Junior and Young Riders, ages 14-21, from throughout North American and neighboring countries. Young equestrians vie for team and individual FEI medals in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of dressage, show jumping, and eventing. NAYC is subject to the rules and restrictions of the FEI and is designated as a Continental Championship. It is the only FEI championship held annually on this continent.

    The NAYC process can be daunting for new participants. If you are new to this process, click HERE for further information.

    Dressage Seat Equitation Schooling Show Medal Finals

    GDCTA Youth Program's Dressage Seat Medal Finals is held annually at the GDCTA Summer Finals Schooling Show at Wills Park, Alpharetta.


    This is a Dressage Seat Equitation Challenge for our Schooling Show participants modeled after the USDF Regional Semi-Finals and Finals Event. Similar to the hunter riders, these classes will run as a group Dressage Seat Equitation Class, broken into two age divisions, ages 13 & under and 14-18.


    Classes will consist of Walk, Trot, & Canter with additional test movements asked individually.

    Watch in Schooling Show Prize Lists to find qualifying shows.  


    • Earn 2 Qualifying Scores in the Dressage Seat Medal Classes at a GDCTA-Recognized Schooling Show. (Minimum Score 70%) before the Summer Finals GDCTA Summer Finals Schooling Show.
    • Qualify with 2 scores of 64% or higher in Intro C, 63% or higher in Training Level, 62% or higher in First Level, 61% or higher in Second level.
    • Must be a member when scores are earned and also at the time of the Summer Finals GDCTA Schooling Show.


    This unique educationally themed competition consists of 3 elements:

    • one written test (Acquire Reading Materials Early!)
    • one dressage test (Ridden From Memory)
    • one dressage equitation class

    Each section is worth 100 points for an overall high score that wins.

    On Saturday evening, competitors and family are invited to join us and a featured speaker for dinner and conversation. These top athletes will inspire our youth by sharing their journey of what it takes to be a high performance rider, otherwise known as “Preparedness meets Opportunity.”

    Turn Out Inspection:

    Prior to rider’s first mounted endeavor, riders may present themselves for inspection of horse, tack, and rider where designated.


    Grand Champion and Reserve Ribbons for Overall Highest Score per Division and place ribbons (Intro, Training, etc.); Ribbons for each Section:  Written Test, Equitation Class, and Dressage Test separately. Several High Point Awards.

    D4K and Atlanta Youth Festival are listed in the Events Calendar.

    for both USEF/USDF/USEA and Schooling Shows


    To award the student enrolled in school that is an equestrian athlete for their perseverance in their riding endeavors, this program wishes to acknowledged these youth riders’ hard work and achievement throughout the levels.



    • Applicants must be a current GDCTA Member in the year which scores are earned.
    • Applicant is a Youth Rider age of 22 or under as of December 31, the year scores are earned.
    • Applicant is concurrently enrolled in school/college with a minimum of B or 3.0 average. Proof enrollment in school and student achievement is required (ie: report cards).
    • Applicant must volunteer 8 hours through GDCTA or any non-profit, horse show, etc. Note that hours volunteered at GDCTA Hosted events will count double hours. Must submit a signed Volunteer Credit Form.


    Please pay via the STORE and submit the appropriate application by the deadline for your category. And YES you must APPLY.   

    • Schooling Show App

    Recognized Program:

    Letterman applications due October 31st


    Direct questions to Lindsey Burns at

    Schooling Show Program:

    Letterman applications due October 31st

    Direct questions to Joanne Morse

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