DNSW Annual Awards

Performance Medals   Award winners/Leaderboards  Other Awards

Dressage NSW gives Annual Awards for excellence in the sport and these Annual Awards are usually presented at the Pirouettes Party.

However in 2021 the Annual Awards and Performance Medals will be presented at the DNSW Clarendon competition on 11-12th December - more details to come!

Sadly the 2021 and the 2020 Annual Awards and the Pirouettes Party was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 2021 Annual Awards will be based on a qualifying period from the end of the NSW State Championships in 2019 up to and including the State Championships in 2021. This is for the 2021 Annaul Awards ONLY.

Contact DNSW if you are unsure of your membership status email. if you have not renewed your membership renew on line here

Contact DNSW Admin Secretary if you have any questions about the status of results - email

Adult Amateur Owner/Rider Awards are also presented for the different levels.

Riders must be current members of DNSW during the qualifying period to be eligible.  The committee will consider results of new members who take out half yearly membership in  January and renew for the coming financial year at the end of June. 

The Committee of DNSW will determine the FEI Young Rider of the Year.  The Young Rider Awards follow the same format as  the regular Annual Awards.

The Categories are:

NSW Dressage Horse of the Year at the following levels:

  • Preliminary
  • Novice (Polaris Trophy)
  • Elementary (Wasseiges Trophy)
  • Medium (Samarai Park Trophy)
  • Advanced (EFA Trophy)
  • Prix St Georges Intermediate I ("small tour") (Dressage NSW Trophy)
  • Intermediate II Grand Prix ("big tour") (FEI Trophy provided by Dressage NSW)
  • An overall Pony of the Year is selected.
  • NSW Dressage Horse of the Year *
  • NSW Rider of the Year *
  • NSW Young Rider of the Year *

How does the award system work?

The awards are based on the average of the best five overall official competitive performances (percentages, not placing) achieved at a particular level during the qualifying period at events held in NSW and the ACT. For the overall Horse and Rider of the Year Awards, results from competitions worldwide are taken into account. The final decision for both of these awards is left to the Selectors based on the year's performances. The qualifying time frame for the awards is from the end of the NSW State Championships in one year up to and including the State Championships in the next year. Riders must be members of Dressage NSW.

Riders are not required to nominate for annual awards or performance medals. Results are taken from Official Competitive results on the EA result data base.

Young Riders: Other awards are presented to a Young Athlete of the Year and occasionally a Young Rider Encouragement Award is presented. Both of these awards are determined by the Committee.

Previous Annual Award Winners up to 2019 


Rugs are presented for all horses of the Year, a Perpetual Trophy and rug for the overall Horse of Year, a Perpetual Trophy for the Rider of the Year.