Adequan®/USDF Preliminary Year-End Awards

The score correction reporting period closes, as of October 15, 2022. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS.

Although USDF employs best practices to ensure that the scores are recorded correctly and calculations are accurate on the website and elsewhere, USDF assumes no liability to anyone for any errors, omissions, or changes.

In the year-end awards preliminary standings, including applicable divisions within All-Breeds, horses (awards for the horse) and horse/rider combinations (awards for the rider) may only be eligible to be ranked in the final standings at a maximum of two consecutive levels, as defined by USEF DR 119.2, within the same competition year.  If a horse or horse/rider combination meets the criteria to be ranked in the final standings in more than two levels in the same competition year, the horse and horse/rider combination will only be ranked at the highest level, and if qualified, the next level consecutive to that highest level.

USDF reviews all applicable (year-end and all-breeds) rankings in the preliminary standings after the October 15 deadline and prior to the standings being finalized and removes any rankings that are in direct violation to the above stated rule.  Therefore, it is possible for a horse and/or a horse/rider combination to appear in the preliminary standings in more than two consecutive levels prior to October 15. 

*Per USEF DR 119.2, Intermediate I and II are not consecutive levels.


Thank you to our year-end awards and prize sponsors:

Adequan® and Dressage Extensions

Through the Adequan®/USDF Year-End Awards Program, USDF recognizes top horses, owners, riders, and breeders. Awards for the horse are awarded to the owner of the horse and awards for the rider are awarded to the rider of the horse. The prizes to be awarded include:

Adequan®/USDF Year-End Awards (excluding All-Breeds)

  • Champion and reserve champion at each level or category will receive a commemorative award. Only champions recognized for Musical Freestyle Challenge.
  • Champions at each level or category for Dressage Horse of the Year, Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Horse of the Year and Materiale Horse of the Year will receive an embroidered cooler sponsored by Dressage Extensions.
  • Champions at each level will receive a gift certificate provided by Dressage Extensions.
  • 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 plate.
  • Certificates available online.

Adequan®/USDF All-Breeds Awards

  • Champion and reserve champion at each level or category receive a custom cast USDF medal in the award categories that the Participating Organization has chosen to recognize.
  • Other prizes may be given by the Participating Organization at their discretion.
  • Certificates available online.

USDF Salute Gala & Annual Awards Banquet

The USDF Salute Gala & Annual Awards Banquet will be held on Friday, December 2, 2022, in Lexington, KY.  All 2022 Adequan®/USDF Year-End and All-Breeds champions and reserve champions, at each level and award category, as well as 2022 USDF Rider and Breeder of Distinction Award recipients have the opportunity to walk across the stage to receive their award and be recognized for their achievement.

The evenings celebrations will include many USDF perpetual trophy presentations such as the Adult Amateur Grand Prix Trophy, the Sunshine Sport Horse Association Trophy, the Traveling Trot Trophy, the Hilltop Farm Trophy, The StallionExpoTrophy and the prestigious Colonel Thackeray Trophy, which recognizes the Adequan®/USDF Grand Prix Dressage Horse of the Year.    

Join us for a night of fun and celebration! Additional presentations include honoring a new Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame inductee, presenting the USDF Lifetime Achievement and USDF Member of Distinction Awards, and crowning the USDF Volunteer and Youth Volunteer of the Year.

In addition, we hope everyone will also take advantage of the other 2022 Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention offerings available. For more information, or to register for the convention and purchase tickets to the Salute Gala & Annual Awards Banquet, visit the 2022 Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention website

To ensure that your award is available at the banquet, any 2022 USDF award recipient who would like to receive their award on stage must purchase a ticket to the Salute Gala and Annual Awards Banquet and complete the award information requested by no later than November 23, 2022.

Photographs for USDF Connection

The yearbook issue of the USDF Connection will highlight some of the 2022 award winners. Deadline for submitting photos for the annual yearbook issue of USDF Connection is the first Friday in October for rider awards and the last Friday in October for year-end awards (including All-Breeds). Due to limited space, only photos from rider awards and first placed year-end award recipients from each award category and level or division will be considered.

USDF will ONLY accept digital files for submissions to the USDF Connection yearbook issue. Any hard copy photos will not be used or returned. The USDF photo release form, an interactive electronic PDF, can be filled out on your computer and MUST accompany your photo file in an email sent to Please make sure to save a copy of the PDF file to your computer then attach that file to your email along with your photo file. If the photo was taken by a professional, please fill out your portion of the form, save it, and forward it on to the photographer. The photographer will then fill out the rest of the form and send it and the photo to USDF.

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