MDA recognizes members who have distinguished themselves for their accomplishments as riders (Vi Hopkins Trophy or Rosemary Herman Memorial Award) or their dedication to the Midwest Dressage Association (Jean Brown Memorial Award or Life Member). These awards are presented at the Annual Awards Banquet.
Distinguished rider awards
vi hopkins trophy
This trophy was donated by Chris Snow in 2003 to honor Ms. Violet Hopkins for the significant role she played in the development and growth of the sport of dressage not only here in Michigan but across the country. Vi was a longtime dressage enthusiast, charter member of the MDA, judge and instructor who has served the dressage community in many capacities. Many of today's top dressage professionals were brought along via her unyielding commitment to the classical training of both horse and rider.
The Vi Hopkins Trophy is presented annually to the Adult Amateur Training Level rider who has the highest average percentage from scores submitted to the MDA from recognized competitions. This award can only be won once by the same horse and rider combination.
2018 -Jennifer Moyne & Ephraim, 71.197% 2017 -Ingrid Baranski & No One Better, 72.261% 2016 -Valarie Boatman &MSU Supersticious+, 70.760% 2015 - Jennifer Clooten & Knight Raider CRA 2014 - Marissa Klimkiewicz & FRF Backtalk 2013 - Andrea Bruce & Gauguin 2012 - Caitie Illich & Prince Figaro 2011 - Michelle Davidge & Ek Taj Mahal 70.119% 2010 - Kristy Hume & Fiesty Star 71.333% 2009 - Melissa Wanstreet & Pulsar 73.519% 2008 - Barbara Butman & Del Piero Van De Leennakker 71.067% 2007 - Heather A. Jones & Celestial Shadow 70.653% 2006 - Laura Hagen & Absolut' Teyn 74.860% 2005 - Carol G. Giles & Romeo 72.354% 2004 - Amy Dahlgren & Patriot 70.128% 2003 - Joan Williams & Teddy's Day 69.963%
Rosemary herman memorial award
This award was created in memory of Ms. Rosemary Herman who passed away in December 2010. Rosemary was one of the founding members of the Midwest Dressage Association and served as its first Treasurer. She was on many subsequent Boards and also served as Vice President and Chairman of the Rules Committee.
She became a USEF steward in 1966 and became a Technical Delegate in 1973 which fit with her interest in rules for organizations and competition. She strongly believed: "There was a need because so many people seem so uninformed about rules." Rosemary competed in lower level dressage. She will be fondly remembered as a woman of warmth, energy, intelligence and strength who was a wonderful supporter of dressage and especially the MDA. We will always have memories of her sitting at the "In Gate" ("Win-A-Gin Farms") during the MDA Schooling Shows smiling and enjoying every minute of the competition.
This award will be presented annually to a Midwest Dressage Association member and will be determined by the following criteria:
MDA member during the year for which the award is given
Rider is 50 years of age above (as of Jan. 1 of the award year)
Test scores achieved from October 1st through September 31st
Determined by averaging the three highest scores, from three different judges, from three MDA Schooling Shows. If a tie occurs, the award will be given to the individual with the highest single score
May be earned at any level (final average percentage to be determined by using a "weighting factor" = 1% added to average score as level increases
Awarded only once to the same horse/rider combination at a given level
Recipients of the Rosemary Herman Memorial Award
2018 Leslie Richardson & Achatex, First Level, 70.142% 2017 Marie Domke- Dewitt & Blond Hijinx, 66.841% 2016 Lee Thome & My Fling, 77.907% 2013 - Shannon Dempich & Paprika 2012 - Jan Nierzwick and Martin P (Training Level)
jean brown memorial award
Jean Brown served as the editor of the Midwest Dressage Association newsletter from November 1971 through July 1979. To stop here, however, would be committing a disservice to this tireless worker on behalf of dressage. "No" was not a word in her vocabulary. Following her untimely death, Jean's family chose to honor her by naming a perpetual trophy to be awarded annually to individuals for distinguished service to the Midwest Dressage community. Nominations shall be accepted from the General membership from July 1 through November 1st with the final decision being determined by the Board of Directors.
Recipients of the Jean Brown Memorial Award 2018-Jean Falck 2017-Linden Thompson 2016-Cheryl Farner 2015- Ingrid Baranski 2014- Jan Nierzwick 2013 - Marge Bird 2012 - Jennifer Moyne 2011 - Tom Bird 2010 - Gary and Linda Currier 2009 - Constance Esposito 2008 - Joyce Kehrig 2007 - Sue Ashley 2006 - Deborah Paton 2005 - Gail L. Anderson 2004 - Chris Snow 2003 - Carolyn Van Cise 2002 - Kathleen Marquardt 2001 - Linda Piette 2000 - Patricia Affeldt 1999 - Jessica Yurasek 1998 - Andrea Becker 1997 - Linda Stevens 1996 - Lucie Bouchard 1995 - Kathy Muresan 1994 - Cheryl Connell-Marsh 1992 - Robert and Christine Thiel 1991 - Charles Barnett 1990 - Theo Wilkinson 1989 - Sue Ann Brown 1988 - Carole Grant 1987 - Sue E. Hughes 1986 - Major Robert Borg 1985 - Linda Rands 1984 - Robert Brown 1983 - Lillian Zimmerman 1982 - Mary Anne McPhail 1981 - Celia Cram 1980 - Violet M. Hopkins 1979 - Charles D. Grant
Life Members To recognize and honor those individuals who in years past have shown a lifetime of dedication to the dressage community with distinguished service to the Midwest Dressage Association. Nominations shall be made by the general membership. Candidates will not be limited to riders, trainers or instructors, as there are many instances of substantial contributions to dressage, and the MDA by persons who have never competed in the show ring.
Recipients of the Life Member Status
Maryal Barnett Sue Hughes Tom Bird Rosemary Herman (deceased) Carolyn Van Cise (deceased) Gabor Foltenyi (deceased) Lillian Zimmerman (deceased)