GDCTA Awards Gala

GDCTA recognizes excellence by bestowing awards to both dressage and combined training riders.

The Countdown is on!

January 25, 2020

 

Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta

 

5750 Windward Parkway

Alpharetta, GA

 

Riders work hard and compete all season to qualify for the GDCTA Awards. This Gala is a celebration of those efforts as well as an opportunity to mix and mingle with horse friends outside of the barn aisle.

  1. Be on the lookout! About mid-December, the year-end award winners will receive a notice in the mail.

  2. Winners, please send your photos to Mary Lou Freil gdctamembership@gmail.com

  3. Yearbook Cover Raffle drawing will be during the Gala. Tickets are on sale on the website and at the Gala

 

Event hashtag: #GDCTAAwardsGala 

Join us for all the updates on the Facebook event page: click here.

 

The Gala is the biggest fundraiser* for GDCTA. Proceeds from the event are used to fund all the organization's events and activities.

Doors open at 5 PM and the DJ will play until at least 11:30 PM

  • Cash bar reception followed by dinner & award presentation

  • Silent Auction

  • Raffle Baskets  

  • Door prizes

  • Cover Contest Raffle Drawing


*A portion of the evening's proceeds are donated to The UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

 

SILENT AUCTION

If you are interested in donating to the Silent Auction, please contact                          Fiona Williams 678-575-8504 or fwilliamsmcdowell@hotmail.com

BARN BASKETS

If you want to show your barn spirit with a Barn Basket for the Raffle, please contact  Erin McCloud 404-538-6749 or McCloudErinL@icloud.com

UNABLE TO ATTEND?

If you cannot attend, you can make arrangements for someone to pick up your award or to have it shipped (click on the ticket site for shipping).

Hotel Reservations 1-888-236-2427
 
Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta is offering GDCTA a special group rate for the Gala: $107.00 USD per night


Book by 01/06/20

 

If you ever wondered what the Awards Chairperson does, here’s an idea…

All of the schooling show information must be researched from results pages or PDFs sent into GDCTA and then entered into the spreadsheets. USEF/USDF/USEA data comes in digital form from USDF and USEA for our members only but then the Awards Chair has to go through those files to pick out our members who signed up for the year-end awards program and pick through their scores to make sure they are qualified for our program. It’s a BIG process!

 

Here are some year-end awards management numbers.

 

  1. Dressage Schooling shows:

    1. 1168 scores

    2. 331 horse and rider combos

    3. 51 ribbons to be given out to Dressage Schooling Show winners

  2. CT Schooling shows:

    1. 931 scores

    2. 406 horse and rider combos

    3. 112 ribbons to be given out to CT Schooling Show winners

  3. Dressage Recognized shows:

    1. 1728 scores of raw data in the spreadsheet

    2. 631 combined scores

    3. 79 ribbons to be given out to Dressage Recognized winners

  4. Eventing Recognized shows:

    1. 84 horse/rider combos qualified

    2. 80 ribbons to be given out to Eventing Recognized winners

  5. Total number of ribbons to be given out at the Gala

    1. 163 Schooling

    2. 164 Recognized

Held:

January 25, 2020

 

Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta

5750 Windward Parkway

Alpharetta, GA 

770-754-9600

Awards for

2019 Show Season 

Oct 1, 2018-Sept 30, 2019

 
FOR MORE INFORMATION

 

Gala Chair:

Caren Caverly 

ccaverly@comcast.net

770-713-4025

Silent Auction

Chair:

Joanne Morse 

joannemorse1@yahoo.com

 

Committee:

Fiona Williams

678-575-8504 fwilliamsmcdowell@hotmail.com

Barn Baskets

Erin McCloud

404-538-6749

McCloudErinL@icloud.com

Thank you to those who have contributed to this event! 

SPONSORS AND DONORS WELCOME!

 

Is your business or product a fit for dressage, eventing or combined training? GDCTA offers great exposure for your products and services!

 

GDCTA is seeking donations for the annual Awards Gala, which will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta on January 26, 2019. Again, this year’s Gala benefits the University of Georgia Vet School Teaching Hospital. The evening is a celebration of those who participated in the Awards Program as well as a fun party open to our entire membership.

 

Would you consider making a donation? We are seeking donations for the silent auction, door prizes, and party favors (sample-sized). Donations need not be horse-related. Our 700+ members are animal lovers with dogs being a close second to horses.

 

Make your donation early! This gives us more time to publicize your donation and ensures that your donation will appear in the Awards Gala Program. To make sure your company's name is in the program as a sponsor the commitment deadline is January 15th; Deadline for receiving the actual item is January 20th.

 

SILENT AUCTION

If you are interested in donating to the Silent Auction or the Barn Basket raffle, please contact Fiona Williams 678-575-8504 or fwilliamsmcdowell@hotmail.com

For all other details, contact  

Caren Caverly ccaverly@comcast.net / 770-713-4025 (cell)

or use one of the forms below to reach us.

Benefits of Donating:

  • A great promotional opportunity to reach as many as 450 dressage and eventing enthusiasts attending the event

  • Your company name, product description, and any brochures you supply will be displayed with the product

  • Your company will be mentioned in the Gala program that will be given to each attendee

  • Your company will be announced during the evening as a generous donor and part of a fun auction and give-away process

  • Your company will be mentioned in the GDCTA newsletter that is sent to our more than 800 members, and also on our website with a link to your company.

  • Free advertising space in the Gala program

  • Your company will receive a tax deduction receipt for a non-profit organization donation if value is over $200.00 and stated with product(s)

 

Program Advertising

To advertise, first purchase your ad and then send the advertisement in PDF or Jpeg to webmaster@gdcta.org. Thank you! 

Demographics:

Our participants consist mostly of women, who are passionate about their horses, dogs, families, and the sports of dressage and eventing, investing substantially in their lifestyle. Make sure your company reaches these people by sponsoring GDCTA and the UGA Vet School.

 

GDCTA members are automatically members of USDF. Some USDF Demographics:

  • 90% are adults with 87% over the age of 35

  • 96% are female

  • 28% of membership have an income of $150,000 or more

  • 78% compete with at least one horse

  • 50% ride 4-5 times a week

  • 97% own at least one horse

  • 64% own more than one horse

  • Top 3 breeds: 50% Warmbloods, 26% Thoroughbreds, and 19% Quarter Horses

  • 31% chose horse-related items and clothing as gifts

  • 37% own more than 5 acres of land

  • 81% purchase tack and grooming products frequently

  • 23% plan to purchase arena footing in the next 5 years

  • 28% plan to purchase farm equipment in the next 5 years

     

 
 
 
 
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