CDS Horse of the Year Championships Qualifying Requirements

CDS will require a $25 nomination fee PER HORSE/RIDER COMBINATION - for CDS Championship classes. Nomination fees can be paid at any time during the show season but must be paid before the closing date.

  • OPEN Horse of the Year classes will consist of ONE RIDE of the highest level, judged by two judges 
  • ADULT AMATEUR AND JUNIOR Horse of the Year classes will consist of TWO RIDES of the highest level, judged by two judges 

Three divisions are offered at the CDS Annual Show: Open and Adult Amateur at Training through Grand Prix Levels and JR/YR Divisions at Training through PSG. Freestyle classes are open divisions. Competitors under the age of 22 are eligible for the JRYR divisions.

  • Open Division: Open to all qualified competitors.
  • Adult Amateur Division: Open to qualified competitors holding an US Equestrian Amateur card who are 22 years of age and older.
  • Junior Young Rider Division: Open to competitors under 22 years of age.

Levels

Level Scores / Percent (or better) Number of Different Judges
Training Level* 5 / 65% four
Training AA* 5 / 63% four
Training JRYR* 5 / 63% four
Level I 5 / 64% four
Level I AA 5 / 62% four
Level I JRYR 5 / 62% four
Level II 5 / 63% four
Level II AA 5 / 61% four
Level II JRYR 5 / 61% four
Level III 5 / 62% four
Level III AA 5 / 60% four
Level III JRYR 5 / 60% four
Level IV 5 / 62% four
Level IV AA 5 / 60% four
Level IV JRYR 5 / 60% four
Prix St. Georges 3 / 62% two
Prix St. Georges AA 3 / 60% two
Prix St. Georges JRYR 3 / 60% two
Intermediare I 3 / 62% two
Intermediare I AA 3 / 60% two
Intermediare II 3 / 60% two
Intermediare II AA 3 / 60% two
Grand Prix 3 / 60% two
Grand Prix AA 3 / 60% two
Freestyle 1st - 4th 2 / 64% two
Freestyle Int-1 - GP 2 / 62% two

Notes

  • For training level, the horse must be at least 4 years old.
  • For all levels, the scores may be earned from any test of the level.
  • Scores must be earned during the current show season.
  • When two (2) or more judges score a single ride, the combination of judges counts as one judge and the average of their scores counts as one score.
  • The CHAMPION and RESERVE horse-rider combinations that have competed in the CDS Horse of the Year Championship Competition at Levels Training and First are no longer eligible to compete at those levels for CDS awards. Freestyles are exempt from this restriction. They may, however, compete for USEF and USDF awards at those levels.