GDCTA is seeking new members for its Ambassador Program!   

Anyone wanting to join the Youth Committee, contact Erin McCloud.

GDCTA Youth Committee Mission Statement


The GDCTA Youth Committee is an assembly of youth dressage and eventing rider-members. It is a leadership opportunity regardless of one’s riding endeavors and accomplishments. The Committee’s goal is to grow and retain GDCTA’s junior member population by promoting benefits of belonging to a GMO through educational, clinic and awards programs. These programs include the Letterman Jacket Program and Dressage Seat Equitation Medal Finals. All programs promote sportsmanship and volunteerism.  The Committee will report to the GDCTA Board and will keep minutes. The Committee will strive to be self-funded to achieve the goals mentioned above, through fundraisers and work projects.

Youth Comittee Board


President - Maribeth Hebert

Vice President - Anna Stooksbury

Corresponding Secretary - OPEN

Recording Secretary - OPEN

Treasurer - Phoebe McNeely

Come Volunteer with Us!

Youth Committee Board . . .

Youth Committee 
Chairpersons - 
Joanne Morse


Erin Lea McCloud


Recognized –

Letterman Jacket, Atlanta Youth Festival, Liaison for NAYC, DSE and 12 and under Excellence Award

Liz Molloy


Lori Goodwin


Schooling or Grassroots –

Halliea Milner


Collegiate –

Amanda Garner


Youth T-Shirt Fundraiser Sale
Designed by Maren Hanson
The GDCTA Youth Program would like to thank you for supporting our current and future programs! With this shirt we hope you find a sense of strength through unity and togetherness in
our community, especially in these strange and trying times.

Dressage Seat Equitation Schooling Show Medal Finals


GDCTA Youth Programs is pleased to roll out the Dressage Seat Medal Finals to be held at the GDCTA Summer Finals Schooling Show at Wills Park, Alpharetta.


This is a Dressage Seat Equitation Challenge for our Schooling Show participants modeled after the USDF Regional Semi-Finals and Finals Event. Similar to the hunter riders, these classes will run as a group Dressage Seat Equitation Class, broken into two age divisions, ages 13 & under and 14 & over.


Classes will consist of Walk, Trot, & Canter with additional test movements asked individually.

Watch in Schooling Show Prize Lists to find qualifying shows.  


  1. Earn a Qualifying Score in the Dressage Seat Medal Classes at a GDCTA Sanctioned Schooling Show. (Minimum Score 70%) before the Summer Finals GDCTA Schooling Show.

  2. Qualify with a 64% or higher in Intro C, 63% or higher in Training Level, 62% or higher in First Level, 61% or higher in Second level.

  3. Must be a member when score is earned and also at the time of the Summer Finals GDCTA Schooling Show.

Schooling Show Finals
Aug 1-2

Wills Park

Alpharetta, GA

Congratulations to the winners!

2020 Champions


14 -18:          

13 & Under:    

2019 Champions


14 - 18: Keri-Lyn Thomas

13 & Under: Alexis Troutman  

2018 Champions


14 - 18:         Abigail Goodwin

13 & Under:   Maren Hanson

2017 Champions


14 - 18:         Megan Ruder

13 & Under:   Brynn DeLong

Lendon Gray's Dressage4Kids -

Atlanta Youth Festival

Georgia International Horse Park

1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway

Conyers, GA

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This unique educationally themed competition consists of 3 elements:

a) one written test (Acquire Reading Materials Early!)

b) one dressage test (Ridden From Memory)

c) one dressage equitation class


Each section is worth 100 points for an overall high score that wins.

On Saturday evening, competitors and family are invited to join us and a featured speaker for dinner and conversation. These top athletes will inspire our youth by sharing their journey of what it takes to be a high performance rider, otherwise known as “Preparedness meets Opportunity.”

Turn Out Inspection:

Prior to rider’s first mounted endeavor, riders may present themselves for inspection of horse, tack, and rider where designated


Grand Champion and Reserve Ribbons for Overall Highest Score per Division and place ribbons (Intro, Training, etc.); Ribbons for each Section:  Written Test, Equitation Class, and Dressage Test separately . Several High Point Awards.

Letterman Jacket Program



To award the student enrolled in school that is an equestrian athlete for their perseverance in their riding endeavors, this program wishes to acknowledged these Youth Riders’ hard work and Achievement throughout the levels.



  • Applicants must be a current GDCTA Member in the year which scores are earned.

  • Applicant is a Youth Rider age of 22 or under as of December 31, the year scores are earned.

  • Applicant is concurrently enrolled in school/college with a minimum of B or 3.0 average. Proof enrollment in school and student achievement is required (ie: report cards).

  • Applicant must volunteer 8 hours through GDCTA or any organization and have submitted signed Volunteer Credit Form


Letterman applications  - EXTENDED to October 31st - and YES you must APPLY.   


Direct Questions to Liz Molloy at


Youth Scholarships


The GDCTA strongly believes the future success of the industry is in the hands of our youth. We recognize the importance of education and introducing youth to the diversity of horses and equine disciplines.



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