|I think dressage judges are always looking, darn.|
I picked 8 shows that span 5 weekends (plus Championships):
|1||5/21-22/2016||Potomac Valley Dressage
Association (PVDA) Spring
|2||6/4/2016||WPDA June*||Quentin, PA|
|6/5/2016||WPDA June Encore*||Quentin, PA|
|3||6/10/2016||Northern Virginia (NOVA) Breeding Classic
and Summer Dressage Warmup
|6/11-12/2016||VADA/NOVA Summer Dressage Festival||Leesburg, VA|
|4||6/26/2016||Dressage at Centre Hall||Centre Hall, PA|
|5||7/30/2016||WPDA Summer Sizzler**||Quentin, PA|
|7/31/2016||WPDA Summer Sizzler Encore||Quentin, PA|
|6||9/15-18/2016||GAIG/USDF Region 1 Championships
and NCDCTA Autumn Leaves Dressage
|* This GMO usually holds an early summer show the first weekend of June.
If for some reason this show is not held, I'll go to the cheaper single day show
on 6/5/2016: NC PAHA Dressage Show in Hugesville, PA.
** I am assuming this show is pending with the USDF because the Encore
show the next day is official.
Each show has one Regional Championship Qualifying class, which means the weekends that hold "two shows" in one weekend actually have 2 qualifying classes. I just need two scores in 1-3 that are 62%+ in order to qualify. If I get the scores I need early on, I may not keep going to recognized shows because well, June is looking really expensive.
I hate to put all my eggs in one basket in June though. There just wasn't anything in July and August that is close enough for me (not driving 8 hours, sorry!), and you have to have qualifying scores by mid August I believe.
I think I'll go to all the shows in June, and if I have the qualifying scores by then, I'll skip July. Penn will need a rest I think after doing 3 weekends almost back to back. The show in weekend 4 is very important to go to- this is the first time they've offered a show on the weekend (it's usually a Friday) and they're trying to attract more people so I want to go support it. Maybe I'll dump that 3 day weekend (weekend #3). Maybe I should dump the May weekend (weekend #1) since I don't really want to go showing in May, but I don't want the pressure later either.
I'll revisit USDF's website in a couple months to parooze any new shows that are added, and then finalize my schedule.
You can probably see why I don't join any GMOs and just go straight with a Participating Membership (PM): PVDA, VADA, NOVA, WPDA, and NCDCTA are all hosts for these shows, and each group holds so many shows that I'd go broke trying to hit the ones in just one group!
Anyway, if I somehow manage to go to all of these, Penn should have his First Level Horse Performance Certificate by the end of summer... because I don't deserve to go to championships if I can't manage 10-60%+ scores riding 1-2 tests a day at each show!