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Northern Ohio Dressage Association

NODA Dressage 2024 & NODA Dressage 2024 Encore

August 17 & 18  @ Chagrin Valley Farms, Chagrin Falls, OH

Judges:  Alison Head “S”, Sandi Chohany “S”, Ken Levy “R”

Secretary: Anne Sushko 

Entries will be via Horse Show Office

OPEN DATE:   7/11



Go to our Links/Forms Page for all required documents & forms you need for the shows

 ** We will once again be hosting a competitor party on Saturday evening during the freestyle rides **

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2024 Sponsorship & Advertising Information & Links

View our Sponsor Letter  

View all Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities 

View Additional Details & Deadlines 

Click the below link and you will be taken to a screen where  you can select your level of Sponsorship or Advertising by registering and then making your payment online.

Sign Up & Pay Online   OR  Print Form and Mail Check

2024 Breed Award Information

High Point Breed Awards will be awarded to the entry with the highest score for the weekend 

Review all Breed Award information in the show prize list (link above)

2024 Breed Award Form

See available Breed Awards Here

Questions about our Breed  Awards - please contact our Breed Award Manager, Kathy Kirchner at

2024 NODA Recognized Show Committee 

 Show Manager - Suzanne Groselle -

 Committee Co-Chairs - Karen Puchalsky and Suzanne Groselle -

 Sponsors/ Advertising  - Dee Liebenthal - and Patty Keim -

 Program Coordinator - Mosie Welch - 

 Volunteer Coordinator - Karen Puchalsky -

 Breed Awards Coordinator - Kathy Kirchner -

 Competitor Party Coordinator - Kirk Morehead -

      USEF/USDF Recognized Dressage Shows Information         

USEF Safe Sport

Recognizing, Reducing, & Responding to Misconduct and Abuse in Sport

US Equestrian is committed to creating and maintaining an equestrian community free of all forms of emotional, physical and sexual misconduct. US Equestrian members and participants have a mandatory duty to report suspected sexual misconduct to the U.S. Center for SafeSport. The USEF Safe Sport Policy  and the U.S. Center for Safe Sport is aimed at protecting all participants in our sport.

As of Jan 1, 2019 every USEF adult member (18 years of age or older) with a Competing Membership must complete USEF's Safe Sport Training.  Those who do not complete the training will be ineligible to participate in USEF activities, including competitions.

Required Safe Sport Training is available free to all members through your Member Dashboard. Any USEF competing member aged 18 or older (based on actual birthdate) is required to take the SafeSport Training, including amateurs, professionals, juniors who are 18 and older, and owners who have an annual, three-year, or lifetime membership.

Clicks these links if you:

EIA (Coggins) FORMS  

When you have those Coggins tests done, be sure the horse's registered USEF name is clearly marked. Do not use your horse’s "barn name."

2022 USEF Rule GR907.4  "For Dressage Competitions, any documentation such as negative EIA certification that is required for entry to a competition must list the same horse name and description as is listed on the entry blank and on the USEF horse identification or recording documents. The exhibitor is liable for further penalty as described in GR703."  (This rule is meant to guard the safety and well being of horses at the shows.

MANDATORY Protective Headgear USEF 2022 DR120.1.1 

"Protective headgear is defined as a riding helmet, which meets or exceeds current ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials)/SEI (Safety Equipment Institute) standards for equestrian use and carries the SEI tag. From the time horses are officially admitted to the competition grounds by competition management, anyone mounted on a horse at any time on the competition grounds, including non-competing riders, riders on non-competing horses, mounted participants in exhibition classes, and those competing in all classes and tests, including Para Dressage tests, must wear protective headgear as defined by this rule and otherwise in compliance with GR801. The harness must be secured and properly fitted. Any rider violating this rule at any time must immediately be prohibited from further riding until the headgear is properly in place."

Recognized Shows 

USEF & USDF Membership Requirements - Simplified 

By Mary Lou Gallagher

Recognized shows can be an expensive proposition so I am going to offer 3 approaches to meeting USEF and USDF Membership Requirements:  an inexpensive way, a reasonable way, and a “let’s go for it all” way.   We’ll start in the middle, the way most riders take.   This article hopefully will answer many of your own questions. 

1.      For riders who plan to attend two or more Recognized Shows, but are not interested in qualifying for the Regional Championships, here’s what you need to do.

a.   Join USEF.  Annual membership fees for the USEF have dropped in the last few years to $55 while USEF non-member fees per show have risen to $30.  Simple math will tell you that two non-member fees will cost more than the membership itself.  An added bonus for amateur riders is that the USEF Amateur Card comes free with the membership—and you must have an Amateur Card to enter any class designated as “adult amateur.”   NOTE:  As of 2014, only active USEF members may obtain Amateur status.

b.   Join NODA (or any of the other Group Member Organizations of the USDF).  Part of your NODA membership fees pay for a USDF Group Membership (a USDF requirement). This group membership allows you to participate in USEF/USDF recognized shows without paying a USDF non-membership fee ($25 per show).   Group members can still submit their scores for the USDF Rider Award programs such as Rider Performance awards or the Bronze Medal.

c.   Get a USDF HID.  A USDF HID (Horse Identification Number) is needed to enter all recognized dressage shows.  If your horse already has a USDF HID or lifetime number registered in your name, you do not have to do anything more.  If your horse has never been registered with the USDF, you can file the HID application online. It is a one-time fee of $25 and the number will stay with the horse for its lifetime,   If, however, your horse has already been registered by a previous owner, you will have to transfer the ownership to your own name after  providing some proof of the new ownership.  (Go to the USDF website and search for the “Transfer of Ownership” form.  It might take over a month to get the HID certificate back, so plan on doing this early.)

d.   Get a USEF HID.  Although you do not need a USEF HID number for your horse at a dressage show, I would still suggest getting one. When you enter a recognized show, you need to provide proof of all your memberships. The simplest way is printing out a USEF/USDF master verification sheet—and it is much easier if your horse has both USEF and USDF numbers. If your horse has not been registered already with the USEF, you can apply for a USEF HID online for free. If your horse has been registered already by a prior owner, you may not use that number until you have registered a transfer of ownership with the USEF.  (More on the master verification sheet at a later date!)

e.   Owners and Riders.  If you are not the owner of the horse you are showing, then the owner must have the same USEF/USDF memberships listed above (or pay the non-member fees) and the horse must have a USDF HID in the name of the actual owner.  One word of advice, only the owner may sign a Transfer of Ownership form.  If two or more people own the horse, only one of the owners must be a member to avoid paying the non-member fees. When filling out an entry form, make sure you list the owner who is the member. 

2.  For those riders who plan to ride in the Regional Championships, things become more complicated and expensive.

a.   Join the USEF.  Non-members may not attempt to qualify for Regionals.

b.   Apply for a participating membership in the USDF. A group membership does not make you eligible to qualify.

c.   Get a USDF lifetime registration for the horse.  If your horse already has a HID, then you only have to pay for the upgrade.  The horse number itself will remain the same—just the status has changed.

d.   Get either a USEF Annual or lifetime recording for the horse.  The free USEF HID above is not valid for regional championships. 

e.   Owners and Riders. If you are not the owner of the horse, then the owner must have the same USEF/USDF memberships that you have. The owner must also have the horse listed with both the USEF and USDF.

f.    Region Championships   If you had not originally planned to qualify for the Regionals and later change your mind, you can always apply for the USDF participating membership on line as well as upgrade your USEF and/or USDF HID numbers. Another way is to contact the show secretary about filling out the necessary forms when you get to the show.  Remember though-- if a transfer of ownership must be filed at the show, then the owner must be present to sign the form.

3. Opportunity Classes  One relatively inexpensive choice now exists for the riders who do not want to spend lots of money this year but want the chance to participate in the recognized shows.  The way to avoid membership and/or HID fees would be to sign up for only Opportunity Classes.  These classes must have the word “Opportunity” in the title.  When you enter only Opportunity Classes, you are exempt from all non-member and horse registration fees.  The downside of the Opportunity classes is that the results will not count for any USEF or USDF award programs.  The NODA Board, however, has voted to allow these score to be used for schooling show awards.   USEF Level 1, 2, and 3 competitions are permitted to offer a limited number Opportunity Classes from Introductory to Second Level, including Rider Tests (new in 2017).    The Level of USEF Competition determines which Levels/Tests may be offered.      

This is a simplified version of all the USDF and USEF requirements for competing at Recognized Shows.  
If you have a specific question that cannot be answered from the information above,  please refer to the USEF Rulebook and/or the USDF website.

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