Welcome to CVDA

The Central Vermont Dressage Association, Inc., is a non-profit organization promoting the art and sport of dressage by providing educational and competitive opportunities to enhance the understanding of and appreciation for the discipline of dressage.

  • Amy Plavin and her mare at CVDA Camp 2014.
  • Time for grass! (CVDA Camp 2014)
  • Riders working in the ring (CVDA Camp 2014.)
  • George Williams at Kaleidoscope Farm. (Photo by Ellie Rutan)
  • George Williams works with a horse at Kaleidoscope Farm. (Photo by Ellie Rutan)
  • George observes horse and rider prior to working with them. (Photo by Ellie Rutan)
  • Joy Congdon working with George Williams.
    (Photo by Ellie Rutan)
  • Rita Berube rides Disney while George Williams assesses. (Photo by Ellie Rutan)
  • Kathi Bruce rides at George Williams clinic, hosted at her Kaleidoscope Farm. (Photo by Ellie Rutan)
  • Lilly Joseph, riding her own El Amor. (Photo by Ellie Rutan)
  • George demonstrates a point on a clinic participant's horse. (Photo by Ellie Rutan)

CVDA is a Region 8 Group Member Organization (GMO) of the United States Dressage Federation. Our Bylaws are available upon request. Our membership includes riders, trainers, competitors, and students of dressage, from all parts of northern New England and from all walks of life.

CVDA Animal Welfare Statement

The rules pertaining to dressage competition prohibit the use of appliances, devices, and drugs. Instead, the emphasis is on progressive training and a cooperative partnership between horse and rider.

As part of its mission, CVDA offers educational programs which explore and demonstrate classical and humane training methods.

Central Vermont Dressage Association (“CVDA”) Protective Headgear Policy

At any CVDA event, it is compulsory that all riders mounted at any time or anywhere on the competition/event showgrounds, competing at any level, wear properly fitted protective headgear which meets or exceeds current applicable ASTM/SEI (American Society for Testing and Materials/Safety Equipment Institute) standards for equestrian use and carries the SEI tag “Protective Headgear,” with chin strap secured.

For riders under 18 years of age, it is the responsibility of the parent, guardian or trainer to insure that the protective headgear worn complies with appropriate safety standards for protective headgear intended for equestrian use, and is properly fitted and in good condition. Riders over age 18 are responsible for their protective headgear complying with the standards. Central Vermont Dressage Association and the facility hosting the CVDA event are not responsible for checking equestrian helmets for such compliance.

Any rider without protective headgear will immediately be prohibited from further participation in the CVDA event until such headgear is properly in place and/or, at CVDA’s sole discretion, may be prohibited from participating further in the CVDA event.

Central Vermont Dressage Association and the host facility make no representation or warranty, express or implied, about any protective headgear/equestrian helmet, and cautions riders that death or serious injury may result despite wearing such protective headgear as all equestrian sports involve inherent dangerous risk and as no helmet can protect against all foreseeable injuries.

Read USEF Protective Headgear Policy, Effective 3/1/2011

Summer Show

CVDA's 2014 Summer Schooling Show Results are posted.

The Half Halt

CVDA's Newsletter (June 2014) is posted for download!

CVDA's DVDs!

Check our lending library for great new DVDs our members can rent.