2023 CVDA Development Days

May 6, 2023

Opening Date: April 8th

Closing Date: April 26th


 Krystal Wilt "r" Glenville, NY

Madeleine Austin "L" with distinction Williston, VT

Online Entries: CVDA Spring Development Day

Waiver (Must be uploaded with entry): GMHA Waiver.pdf

Ride Times

Spring Development Day Schedule.pdf 

Stabling Assignments

Spring Stabling Chart.pdf

July 22, 2023

Opening Date: June 17th

Closing Date: July 12th

Online Entries: CVDA Summer Development Day

Waiver (Must be uploaded with entry): GMHA Waiver.pdf

Ride Times

September 9, 2023

Opening Date: August 5th

Closing Date: August 30th

Online Entries: CVDA Fall Development Day

Waiver (Must be uploaded with entry): GMHA Waiver.pdf

Ride Times: 

Green Mountain Horse Association

South Woodstock, VT

Show Policy.pdf

USEF Dressage Rule Highlights.pdf

CVDA Terms and Conditions.pdf

CVDA CLINICS are designed to inform and educate our members (and attending non-members), whether riding or auditing. Clinicians are selected that can work with all levels of riders, so don’t be shy about signing up!

DEVELOPMENT DAYS, which are on the Saturdays before our Sunday Schooling Shows, offer lessons focused on test riding.  This is an opportunity to ride a judged test(s) of your choice with a clinician who may be the judge the next day. Each rider is given a maximum total of 30 minutes. After you ride your judged test, the clinician will then give you a verbal critique. You have the choice to have the clinician give you a mini-lesson focused on areas that need work to improve parts of your test for the rest of the time, or have her/him give you more brief pointers before you ride the test again. Scored tests are returned to the rider at the end of the lesson with written comments.  Clinic attire is fine, show attire is not needed. Stabling is available at GMHA so you can even make a fun weekend of it with an educational Development Day on Saturday followed by the Schooling Show on Sunday.


The rules pertaining to dressage competition prohibit the use of appliances, devices, and drugs. Instead, the emphasis is on progressive training and a cooperative partnership between horse and rider. As part of its mission, CVDA offers educational programs which explore and demonstrate classical and humane training methods. 


Any returned check will incur an additional $40 fee.  The person is then not eligible to participate in any CVDA activities until the indebtedness has been paid in full with a bank/cashier’s check.  Once the indebtedness has been cleared, payment for any future activity must be paid with a bank/cashier’s check. 


At any CVDA event, it is compulsory that all riders mounted at any time or anywhere on the competition/event showgrounds, competing at any level, wear properly fitted protective headgear which meets or exceeds current applicable ASTM/SEI (American Society for Testing and Materials/Safety Equipment Institute) standards for equestrian use and carries the SEI tag “Protective Headgear,” with chin strap secured.

For riders under 18 years of age, it is the responsibility of the parent, guardian or trainer to insure that the protective headgear worn complies with appropriate safety standards for protective headgear intended for equestrian use, and is properly fitted and in good condition. Riders over age 18 are responsible for their protective headgear complying with the standards. Central Vermont Dressage Association and the facility hosting the CVDA event are not responsible for checking equestrian helmets for such compliance.

Any rider without protective headgear will immediately be prohibited from further participation in the CVDA event until such headgear is properly in place and/or, at CVDA’s sole discretion, may be prohibited from participating further in the CVDA event.

Central Vermont Dressage Association and the host facility make no representation or warranty, express or implied, about any protective headgear/equestrian helmet, and cautions riders that death or serious injury may result despite wearing such protective headgear as all equestrian sports involve inherent dangerous risk and as no helmet can protect against all foreseeable injuries.

Central Vermont Dressage Association, Inc is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 
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