For many of us, the show season is just getting going. If your goal is to work towards your USDF medals, here are the things you need to get started. You can also find all the information you need in the USDF members guide available online here.
First, you need to join the USDF. You need to be a member when you achieve your scores, and you can’t go back and count them when you were not a member.
Your horse also must be registered with the USDF. Many people have their lifetime membership numbers for their horses, which is great to invest in, especially if you are wanting to work towards all the medals.
For a Bronze Medal, you need two scores over 60% in each First, Second and Third Levels. Each of the two scores/level need to be from two different judges and for two separate rides. If you are judged by more than one judge, then the average score will count towards your medal.
If you are showing in FEI Pony Classes, these are considered equivalent to Second level so they can be used for your Second level scores. And FEI Junior tests are considered equivalent to Third level.
For a Silver Medal, you need two scores over 60% in Fourth level and Prix St Georges (PSG). Each of the two scores/level need to be obtained in two different rides in front of two different judges. FEI Young Rider and US Developing PSG are equivalent to PSG.
For a Gold Medal, you need two scores in any of Intermediare I, A, B, II and two scores in Grand Prix. The Brentina Cup is equivalent to Intermediare II and FEI Grand Prix Under 25 is equivalent to Grand Prix. Again, the two scores/level must be from two different rides in front of two different judges.
All the medal winners will receive their awards at the yearly USDF National Convention, or they will be mailed to you if you can not attend.
These are not the only awards and certificates available through USDF; there are Horse of the Year awards, Adult Amateur awards, Breed Awards, Freestyle awards and others. Check them all out in the USDF members guide.