Northern Ohio Dressage Association

NODA Dressage 2020


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JUNE 27 & JUNE 28 2020 

The June 27 & June 28, 2020 Recognized shows have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 1, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is NODA’s policy to follow all USEF suspension guidelines regarding showing.  The USEF suspension began Monday, March 16, 2020, and NODA’s rule change will continue throughout the current suspension and any future USEF suspensions of shows. As of May 1, 2020, the suspension timeframe is March 16, 2020 through May 31, 2020, and is subject to change.  In keeping with our policy, NODA will not accept any scores earned for year-end awards, from any shows held (this includes schooling shows) during the USEF suspension.

Support our Show

Each year as the Northern Ohio Dressage Association begins to plan our Recognized Shows we reflect on how thankful we are for our sponsors and advertisers. We couldn’t do it without you!

This year we are excited to once again hold our Recognized Shows at Chagrin Valley Farms on June 27-28, 2020. CVF continues to improve their facility and they are looking forward to helping our show run smoothly and efficiently.

NODA recently celebrated 50 years of education, schooling shows and recognized shows in Northeast Ohio! Wow, what an accomplishment. I feel that our strengths are found in our members and our wonderful volunteers, who give not only of their time but of their talents as well. So, as we start this show season, NODA is asking for your support. Our Recognized Shows are expensive and we rely on your sponsorships & advertising so that we can continue to provide a quality show in our local area.

To all our returning Recognized Shows sponsors, we are thankful and excited knowing that you are there continuing to help support Dressage education through NODA’s scholarships, clinics and schooling shows in our area.

To all new sponsors of NODA’s Recognized Shows, we welcome you into the company of so many other like-minded supporters that understand the importance of Dressage education. Attached is our 2020 Recognized Shows sponsorship/advertising form. We have made it simple for everyone to find a level that is right for them. 

Learn more about sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities for our 2020 Recognized Shows sponsorship/advertising form.

We have made it simple for everyone to find a level that is right for them. Please contact Patty Keim, with any questions



Niki Sackman

President Northern Ohio Dressage Association 

NODA Recognized Show Committee 

Co-Chair Dee Liebenthal -

Co-Chair - Rachel Aderhol -

Manager/ Secretary - Kevin Bradbury -

Volunteer Coordinator - Karen Shirring -

Sponsors/ Advertising - Patty Keim -

Program Coordinator - Mosie Welch - 

      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 U.S. Center for SafeSport Code are 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. A 30 day grace period to complete the SafeSport training will be provided to all members who renew or join on or after December 1, 2018.  Members joining prior to December 1, 2018 will have until January 1, 2019 to complete the training. Those who do not complete the training within the grace period will be ineligible to participate in USEF activities, including competitions.

Required SafeSport Training is available free to all members through your Member Dashboard. Instructions are available at If you are a victim or a survivor of abuse and believe this training could be an emotional trigger, please contact Teresa Roper at, Sonja Keating at, or the U.S. Center for SafeSport at, before accessing the Safe Sport Training course.

Parents Training Course for equestrian athletes of all ages helps parents ensure their children have a positive and safe sport experience and is free.   The following categories of individuals are required to take the Safe Sport Training and complete a criminal background check:

USEF Board of Directors
USEF Staff
USEF Licensed Officials
US Team Coaches & Technical Advisors
US Team Chefs d’Equipe
US Team Veterinarians
US Team SelectorsCompetition Managers

SafeSport Training for non-USEF members is available for $20.   

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."

20115 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 2015 DR120.6:  

"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-Equestrian tests, must wear protective headgear as defined by this rule and otherwise in compliance with GR801. Any rider violating this rule at any time must immediately be prohibited from further riding until such headgear is properly in place. Protective headgear is defined as a riding helmet which meets or exceeds ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials)/SEI (Safety Equipment Institute) standards for equestrian use and carries the SEI tag. The harness must be secured and properly fitted. Unless jackets are waived, while in the competition ring, exhibitors wearing protective headgear must wear a short, dark jacket, dark tailcoat (only permitted for tests above Fourth Level), or Armed Services or police uniform (if eligible), dark hat covers (where applicable) and must otherwise conform to DR120 (see GR801)."

New for 2020 - Professional Incentive Program

We appreciate NODA member professionals and know that without them many riders would not be achieving their goals. We also realize how busy our professionals are and how hard they work. Our goal in establishing this program is to give an incentive to NODA members who are professionals to support NODA shows- both schooling and recognized. 

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Recognized Shows 

USEF & USDF Membership Requirements - Simplified      Updated 2017

By Mary Lou Gallagher, USEF "r" Technical Delegate & NODA Recognized Shows Secretary

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.

New 2017 Information  
Opportunity Classes  One relatively new (and 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.   New for 2017:  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 for 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, 
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