If you are organizing a schooling show and wish to have it GDCTA Recognized (so riders can use the scores towards our end of the year awards), submit the Recognition forms. Please review the other information and specifications/guidelines we have provided. For specific questions, email the show recognition chairperson.


GDCTA recognizes non-USEF/USDF/USEA-sanctioned competitions and corresponding results, as well as those from USEF, USDF, and/or USEA sanctioned (recognized) horse trials, shows, etc. are accepted towards GDCTA year-end awards.


For non-sanctioned competitions to be GDCTA-Recognized the following requirements must be met before the event.

Requirements for obtaining GDCTA-recognition for a schooling show or event:

  1. Organizer or point of contact must be a current GDCTA member.

  2. Signed show recognition application and payment ($30 per show) must be submitted at least THREE WEEKS before the competition. Use the online form at . You can pay via PayPal by clicking the Purchase icon next to the online application.

  3. Provide names of judges on application or via email to Judges must be GDCTA recognized (“L” graduate or above). For list of approved judges, see USDF website here.

  4. Provide electronic copy (PDF) of Certificate of Insurance (COI) showing Proof of Liability Insurance Coverage for the event ($1,000,000.00 specific limits). Send by email to at least TWO WEEKS before competition. COI must reflect name and date of show in the field for Description of Operations, and must show in field for Certificate Holder: GDCTA, c/o Caren Caverly 6370 Spinnaker Lane, Alpharetta GA 30005.

  5. Prize list must include GDCTA Hold Harmless Agreement, and ALL competitors must submit signed GDCTA Hold Harmless with their entry (even if not competing for GDCTA awards).

  6. Prize list must include link to online GDCTA Membership Form. 

  7. Show secretary must post show results on Facebook or their web site AND notify the Awards Chairperson Caren Caverly ( that they are posted.


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Schooling Show Coordinator & Recognition

Chris Hutchings



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GDCTA Show Recognition Rules


GDCTA recognizes non-USEF/USDF/USEA -sanctioned competitions in order for their results to apply toward GDCTA year-end awards.


Results from USEF, USDF, and/or USEA sanctioned (recognized) horse trials, shows, etc., are accepted towards

GDCTA year-end awards. There is no requirement for these competitions to request GDCTA-recognition (i.e., no application or fee is required for results to count).


Non-sanctioned Combined Training horse trials, Dressage schooling shows, etc., may request GDCTA recognition prior to the competition. Events meeting the GDCTA standards and for which recognition fees have been paid are classed as GDCTA-Recognized.


For non-sanctioned competitions to be GDCTA-Recognized the following must be provided by the event manager/secretary to the GDCTA Show Recognition POC prior to the event:

  1. Signed GDCTA Show Recognition Application

  2. A check for $30 per show (not per day) payable to GDCTA must accompany the application.

  3. The name(s) of the GDCTA-recognized judge(s) scheduled for the event. The event must use GDCTA-recognized judges (“L” graduate or above; past or present judge; see list in USDF calendar of competitions for current judges)

  4. Proof of Liability Insurance Coverage for the event ($1,000,000.00 specific limits).

  5. The Event Prize list and/or Program with the GDCTA Membership Application included

  6. The Event Entry form with the GDCTA Hold Harmless Clause included



Upon receipt of all or some of above items (minimum is an application and check), the GDCTA Show Recognition POC returns a GDCTA Show Recognition Checklist to the requestor certifying the event as GDCTA-Recognized (all items provided) or GDCTA-Recognition Pending (application and check have been received, but notall items provided). He/she also forwards the basic event information to the GDCTA Newsletter Editor and Web master for inclusion in ourCalendar of Events.


GDCTA-Recognition Pending events are reclassified as GDCTA-Recognized immediately upon receipt by the GDCTA Show Recognition POC of all “missing” items, provided they are received prior to the event. GDCTA-Recognition Pending events that do not provide all of the “missing” items prior to the event are reclassified Non-recognized.


Events may advertise themselves as GDCTA-Recognized upon receipt of the signed GDCTA Show Recognition Checklist

whether classed as GDCTA-Recognized or GDCTA-Recognition Pending. GDCTA understands that it is not always possible to complete all requirements prior to the application and strives to be accommodating and reasonable. Therefore, the Prize list, Entry form and/or Program may advertise the event as “GDCTA-Recognized” even though the event cannot meet all requirements until after one or more of those items are printed and received by the GDCTA Show RecognitionPOC.


During the show, the competition manager agrees to:

(1) adhere to and enforce GDCTA policies and USEF rules (as reasonable in a schooling show environment); (2) maintain a copy of the GDCTA policies and USDF rules in the show office, and have available GDCTA Schooling Horseshow Evaluation forms for participants.  The GDCTA Show Recognition POC does not “approve” show dates, nor ensure that shows on the same date are greater than some distance apart.


The person requesting recognition does need to be a GDCTA member.


The GDCTA reserves the right to send a representative to your show without notice to insure contractual compliance beginning with the 2012 Season.


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