FCEA is dedicated to Education and the pursuit of Equestrian Excellence.  To that end, FCEA promotes and rewards Education, Volunteerism and excellence in and around the "Sand Box".


Education is promoted thru our various clinics and seminars, and rewards members that are dedicated to education thru the FCEA University Program.  


The Volunteer Program, utilizes a Voucher Program, along with Educational Grants and Scholarships and a year end award for the Spirit of FCEA.


The Year End Awards include various categories for High Point Awards at both Recognized Shows and Schooling Shows.  Also rewarded are Amateurs, Juniors, Masters, and their Trainers. If you would like to sponsor an award, please talk to a board member to arrange for qualifications and sponsorship responsibilities.

FCEA Year End Show Awards

FCEA will have the following awards for horse and rider combinations competing in the current year.  The rider MUST be an FCEA member in good standing as of October 1 of the competition year.  Awards will be compiled by an appointee of the Board of Directors known as the Points Manager (PM) and awarded at the Annual Meeting the following year.  The competition year for schooling shows runs from April 1 to November 30.

All members must volunteer four (4) hours at any club event during the current fiscal year to be eligible for ANY year end award.  In case of a tie, Volunteer hours will be the tie breaker for First Place.

***Riders are responsible for submitting their scores for any non FCEA shows.  To submit scores, take a picture or photo copy of the completed front and back of the test, and send to the Point Manager.  Scores may be submitted at anytime during the year.  All scores must be submitted by November 30 of the competition year.  For each level being considered, the top 5 scores earned on different dates will be used to calculate points.  If fewer than five shows are attended/submitted, then the points submitted will be used for placings.

For all awards, points are based on the horse and rider combination.  The team may earn points in two consecutive levels. If the next higher level is attempted, the scores earned at the lowest level will be disqualified.


Schooling Show High Point Awards
Recognized Show High Point Award
Trainer of the Year Award
Best Average Awards
Dressage Achievement Award
Eventing Achievement Award
Amateur Owned and Trained Award
Off the Track Thoroughbred Award

Doodlebug Award

Schooling Show High Point Awards

Members can earn points at any local dressage schooling show.  ***Members are responsible for reporting their show results to the Point Manager.

BONUS points will be awarded for tests completed at FCEA run shows – 2% points will be added to FCEA show dressage scores.

Dressage High Point will use the total of the Percentage scores of the best five scores earned at different shows, on different dates, to determine the winner at each level.  Dressage levels will be awarded in Intro thru FEI. Miscellaneous tests’ of choice are not eligible for year-end awards. Recognized show scores may be used to supplement schooling show scores if additional scores are needed.

CT Best Score will use the final scores earned in Elementary thru Preliminary. Each level will be awarded separately.


Open:  Open to ALL members.  The eight (8) horse and rider combinations with the most total points will be awarded in each level.

Amateur:  Open to adult amateur members.  The six (6) horse and rider combinations with the most total points will be awarded.  If rider has competed at two levels, the best 5 scores from different shows, will be used.

Junior:  Open to members 18 or under as of Dec. 31 of the current fiscal year. The six (6) horse and rider combinations with the most total points will be awarded. If rider has competed at two levels, the best 5 scores from different shows, will be used.

Masters:  Open to members over the age of 50 as of Dec. 31 of the current fiscal year.  The six (6) horse and rider combinations with the most total points will be awarded. If rider has competed at two levels, the best 5 scores from different shows, will be used.

Recognized Show High Point Awards

Members can earn scores at any recognized USEF, USDF or USEA shows from 1/1 to 11/30 of the membership year. Open Classes in Dressage (Intro thru FEI) and Eventing (Elementary thru Advanced) will be accepted.  Five best scores from different show dates should be submitted to the Points Manager.  Alternately (prefered), members may print their score summary from their respective web sites (USDF and USEA) and turn them in to the Points Manager.  All results must be turned in by November 30th of the current fiscal year

Three Awards will be given in each division.

Dressage –Diamond, Swarovski and Rhinestone Awards

Eventing –Badminton, Burghley and Rolex Awards


Trainer Of The Year Award
Instructor Members earn points when their member students accumulate points at FCEA schooling shows.  Members will indicate their trainer on their membership form. If trainer change happens during the year, a Trainer Change Form must be submitted to the membership secretary.

2019 - Alexa Derr

2018 - Cyndi Stephens

2016 - Ange Bean

2015 - Louise Jordan-Beam

FCEA Best Average Award

Awarded to the horse and rider team that earns the best average scores at a level according to the following criteria:


Dressage:  The team must receive at least 6 scores at a minimum of three shows.  ALL scores earned will be averaged to find the Champion.

Eventing:   The team must compete at a minimum of 3 FCEA Shows in the Combined Training Division.  All scores earned will be averaged to find the Champion.

FCEA Dressage Achievement Award

A horse and rider combination must receive three scores at FCEA shows, at the highest test of the level, in the current year.  All scores must be received at the same level.  Only dressage classes will count.  The dressage phase of a combined test or horse trial will not be considered.  A horse and rider combination may only receive an achievement award once at each level.

  • Intro Level and Training Level - scores >= 64%
  • First Level thru FEI – scores >= 62%

FCEA Eventing Achievement Award

A horse and rider combination must receive three penalty scores, at the same level, at FCEA shows in the current year.  A horse and rider combination may only receive an achievement award once at each level.

  • Elementary (2’ & under) and Starter (to 2’3)- penalty scores <= 36
  • Beg. Novice and Novice <= 38
  • Training and Prelim  <=40


Amateur (or Junior) Owned and Trained Award

Horses must be nominated by owner to compete per year.  Horses of all levels may compete for this award.  Score is calculated using the top three scores earned at any FCEA schooling show.

To nominate for this award, send an email stating your eligibility for the award, to the Points Manager



  • Amateur owner is the trainer and rider of the horse.
  • Lessee will be considered owner – submit copy of lease with nomination
  • Horse has not had any professional training.
    • A professional is defined as someone who receives compensation (whether monetary or in kind) to maintain or improve the skills of the horse.
    • A professional may get on the horse during a lesson to demonstrate only

NOTE:  The spirit of this award is the amateur who has raised and trained their own horse.

2019 - Sharon Rinkenbach-Grauer & Memphys



Off the Track Thoroughbred Award

All tattooed Thoroughbreds are eligible for this award. When ridden by an FCEA member, tattooed TB’s earn scores at FCEA shows. Tattoo must be confirmed by the organizer of the FCEA show.  A minimum two(2) scores at two(2) different FCEA shows are required for eligibility. Points based on the best two scores at the same level from two different shows. 

Awarded at the following Dressage Levels:

  • Intro Level Test 2 & 3
  • Training Level Test 2 & 3
  • First Level Test 2 & 3.   

Doodlebug Award

Doodlebug was a special horse for Fay.  Though she was not particularly well suited to be a dressage horse, she had a heart of gold, and tried to do whatever was asked.  This award is presented to a horse with these same qualities.

2019 - Jessica Rexroth's Fiona

2018 - Deb Camplone's Cal Shining Star

2017 - Linda Otto's Mr Dillon



2020 Upcoming Dates


April 5 - Work Day @ JEF - POSTPONED

Apr 26 - Fix a Test - POSTPONED

May 9&10 - Allison Brock Dressage Clinic - POSTPONED

Sep 12&13 - George Williams Clinic 


Show Dates @ JEF

April 19 - CANCELLED

May 17 - Dr, CT, & Stadium

June 28 - Dr, CT, & Stadium

Sept 20 - Dr, CT, & Stadium

Oct 11 - Dr, CT, & Stadium


Report Scores

Send your schooling show scores to the Point Manager. Scores are due by Nov 30 of the competition year.

Upcoming Board Meetings

Tues., May 5-online

Tues., June 2


FMI:  Fay or Michelle

* Unless otherwise listed, meetings are 6pm on the first TUESDAY of each month at
Equine Exchange

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