ODS Special Awards

Page last updated 08/22/2014

The ODS Awards Committee is the standing committee in charge of all ODS Awards Programs including Special Awards. From this committee, a chair is appointed.

ODS Special Awards Chair: Joyce Stride - (503) 647-0168

Nominations must be postmarked not later than the date given for each award within the criteria.

Please mail nominations to:

Joyce Stride -
ODS Special Awards Committee
16144 NW Dixie MT Rd.
North Plains, OR 97133-8210

Nomination letters faxed, e-mailed or mailed to the ODS Office address will not be forwarded.

Get information on the 2014 ODS Special Awards Celebration on the Fall Festival webpage.


Click to go directly to the award or scroll down the page:
Volunteer of the Year | Chapter Newsletter Award | Mary Ann Judkins Memorial Instructor Award | M. Teresa Dunlap Trophy - Special Recognition Award | Support Person Extraordinaire Award | Sportsmanship Award | President's Choice Horse Ambassador | ODS Chapter Merit Award

Special Awards are presented in conjunction with the Annual ODS Awards Banquet.

With the exception of the Volunteer of the Year and Chapter Newsletter, all other nominations must be submitted to the ODS office at least 30 days prior to the Annual Awards Banquet in order to be considered.

As the due dates may vary from year to year, the deadlines will be posted on the ODS web site and broadcast e-mailed to members before that due date.

Volunteer of the Year and Chapter Newsletter nominations must be submitted no later than August 1st of the membership year in order that they may submitted to USDF by August 30 for consideration for Region 6 Awards.

All nominees must be ODS members as of February 1 of the current membership year, with the exception of the Support Person Extraordinaire.

Except as noted in the discussion of individual awards, award recipients are determined by a committee appointed annually by the Special Awards Chair. Historically, the Committee consists of four members, plus Chair, comprised of one ODS Board member, and three members from two or more Chapters, general membership or others. Committee members need not be ODS members.

Recipients are determined on merit of nominee, not number of nomination letters submitted for any one individual. Committee members vote independently and votes tabulated by Committee Chair. Committee members are not informed of results. Ties are broken by the Chair or by input from other ODS Board member votes, if needed.



2001 Volunteer of the Year Betty Brown doing one of the things that she does best - heading up the volunteer efforts at the ODS Championship Show.

Volunteer of the Year

Sponsored by the Pacific Crest Trail Chapter - ODS

The purpose of this award is to recognize a special volunteer who has done outstanding service for ODS as a volunteer. If you feel someone deserves this recognition, please write a letter describing this person's contributions and mail it directly to the Special Awards Coordinator or to the ODS Office. It must be received no later than August 1. The winner of this award will automatically be submitted to USDF as a nomination for USDF Region 6 Group Member Organization (GMO) Volunteer of the Year award.

ODS Volunteer of the Year Past Recipients:

2000 Joyce Stride
2001 Betty Brown
2002 Joyce Stride
2003 Karen DeLano
2004 Rose Newman
2005 Jeffrey Jones

2006 Rose Newman
2007 Francy Haupt
2008 Marsha Taylor
2009 Barbara T. Funk
2010 Lou Anne McKown

2011 Norma Talburt and Linda Sanders
2012 Sharon Knowlton
2013 Sally A. Temple


Chapter Newsletter Award

Sponsored by the Central Oregon Chapter - ODS

The Oregon Dressage Society would like to recognize outstanding efforts to write, produce and publish newsletters.

Any ODS chapter in good standing with ODS may submit its own newsletter for the contest. A newsletter published as part of a magazine is not eligible for nomination. All newsletters nominated must have been published and circulated during the current year.

Nominations are due by August 1. It is the responsibility of the Chapter to select one entry for competition, and to provide 3 original copies. Entries are to be mailed to the Oregon Dressage Society Office.

The newsletter will be judged on:

  • Service to readers
  • Quality of content
  • Quality and attractiveness of the layout
  • Clarity of writing and editing

Awards will be presented at the Annual ODS Year End Banquet. Winner of this award will automatically be submitted as a nomination to the USDF Newsletter of the year award.

ODS Chapter Newsletter of the Year Past Recipients:

2001 North Willamette Valley
2002 North Willamette Valley
2003 Central Oregon Chapter
2004 Siskiyou Chapter
2005 Central Oregon Chapter
2006 Central Oregon Chapter
2007 Central Oregon Chapter

2009 North Willamette Valley Chapter - View
2010 - Pacific Crest Trail Chapter
2011 - Umpqua Valley Chapter
2012 - Twin Rivers Chapter
2013 - Twin Rivers Chapter
2013 - No nominations


Mary Ann Judkins Memorial Instructor Award


2006 Instructors of the Year Darrel & Michelle Purdy


2004 Instructor of the Year Brooke Voldbaek on Conversano II Pirouette

Sponsored by the North Willamette Valley Chapter - ODS

This award for an outstanding instructor is given each year in memory of Mary Ann Judkins. It will awarded at the ODS Awards Celebration. Mary Ann was a competitor, instructor, and ODS judge who succumbed to cancer at an early age. To nominate someone please refer to the criteria below, and if the instructor meets these standards, send in a letter of recommendation to the ODS Office at least 30 days prior to the awards banquet (current date is October 1).

The following criteria will be considered: This person should; be a current ODS member, be supportive of the students and efforts regardless of goals, have broad variety of experience in training students at different levels, be continuing their own education in dressage, be involved locally and/or statewide in the horse community, attend and support students in their competitions, give expert advice on suitable horses for the student, have prominence in the area of instruction, retain students over a period of years, and show leadership in the dressage community.

Mary Ann Judkins Memorial Instructor Award Past Recipients

1993 Mary Ann Judkins
1994 Teri Emrich
1995 Janet Harvey
1996 Barbara Cathcart
1997 Harriet Hauser
1998 Kathy Everman
1999 Ernst Herrmann
2001 Judith McNames

2000 Debbie Evans
2002 Linda Jones
2003 Mary Spini
2004 Brooke Voldbaek
2005 Janice Dill
2006 Michelle Ives-Purdy & Darrel Purdy
2007 Julie Hook

2008 Debbie Spence
2009 Cynthia Saunders
2010 Kathy Casey
2011 Kimberlee Barker
2012 Estelle Thompson Keating
2013 Heather Oleson

M. Teresa Dunlap Trophy - Special Recognition Award


2008 M. Teresa Dunlap Award Recipients Rose Newman and Corinne Stonier

2011 and 2013 M. Teresa Dunlap Award Recipients Marsha Williams and Ed Miller at the 2009 ODS Awards Banquet

Sponsored by the Mid Valley Chapter - ODS

This award, originally a perpetual traveling trophy donated by Oregon State University and Crescent Valley Equestrian Center, was first presented in 1988 in memory of Teresa Dunlap. It is awarded at the ODS Award Celebration to the person who has done the most to further dressage in Oregon in both the last year and in previous years. A committee made up of previous winners will make a choice based on brief nominating letters received from any ODS member or group. If you feel someone deserves this recognition, please write a letter describing this person's contributions and mail it to the ODS Office. It must be received at least 30 days prior to the ODS Awards banquet (current date is October 1). Recipient may only receive this award once in a lifetime. Teresa was a longtime boarder CVEC, a strong promoter and supporter of dressage who, unfortunately, succumbed to cancer at an early age.

M. Teresa Dunlap Trophy Past Recipients:

1988 Joyce Heinke
1989 Joyce Steinbock
1990 Barbara Funk
1991 Joyce Stride
1992 Donna Longacre
1993 Linda Coates-Markle
1994 Ann Hartell
1995 Carey Evans
1997 Linda Landre
1996 Gaye McCabe
1998 Dagmar Fancher
1999 Winnie Heiney
2000 Linda Wick
2001 Alice & Lynn Loomis
2002 Justin & Ginny Rattner
2003 Janet Snazuk
2005 Tory Kelly
2006 John Craven

2004 Cynthia Prater
2007 Carol Jackson
2008 Rose Newman
2008 Corinne Stonier
2009 Siobhan Barker
2010 Donna Thayer
2011 Marsha Williams
2012 Michael Wisbeski
2013 Ed Miller


Support Person Extraordinaire Award

Sponsored by the Chehalem Mountain Chapter - ODS


Carol Weidner and her husband Don Weidner
The purpose of this award is to recognize those who work hard behind the scenes helping our competitors ride and show. To be considered they must not receive any pay for their work. Do you know someone who fits the above criteria? If so, nominate them by writing a letter describing why this person deserves an award and mail it to the ODS Office. It must be received at least 30 days prior to the ODS Awards banquet (current date is October 1). This award is sponsored TBD. The awards committee will review the nominations. The winner will be announced at the ODS Awards Celebration.

ODS Support Person Extraordinaire Award Past Recipients:

1995 Karla Baur
1996 Don Weidner
1997 Stan Young
2003 Pete Jorgensen
2004 Sylvia Kantas
2005 Kaye Phaneuf

2006 Sarah Diebert
2007 Lynn Bury
2008 Melissa Frasier
2009 Rob Boyle
2009 Kristi Marshall
2010 Dave Kane

2011 C Brant Page
2012 Rennie Squier
2013 Russ Funk




2006 & 2005 Sportsmanship Award Recipients Nancy Connolly (pictured left) and Bernadine Diers (pictured right).


2007 Sportsmanship Award Recipient, Jeremy Steinberg. Photo by Mary Cornelius.

Sportsmanship Award

Sponsored by Quailhurst

This award was created in 2005 in honor of Lynn Lunde, former NFL football player and lifelong sportsman and is sponsored by Quailhurst. The purpose is to recognize an individual who, under adverse circumstances or situations, displays a positive and supportive outlook toward fellow competitors and show management. If you feel someone deserves this recognition, please write a letter describing this why this person deserves an award and mail it to the ODS Office. It must be received at least 30 days prior to the ODS Awards banquet (current date is October 1).

ODS Sportsmanship Award Past Recipients:

2005 Bernadine Diers
2006 Nancy Connolly
2007 Jeremy Steinberg
2008 Nicki Grandia
2009 Holly Cisneros
2010 Lindsay Hall
2011 Jessica Wisdom
2012 Emily Park
2013 Christiana Logan


2004 winner Janet Jones and her lovely equine partner Simplyirisistible at the 2004 US Arabian Sport Horse Nationals in Rancho Murieta, California.

Connie J. Keith Memorial Trust Award

Sponsored by Patricia Stodola

Either a lifetime guaranteed quartz movement clock or a plaque, that shall not cost more than $175.00.

Application: to apply, competitors must submit a copy of their USEF amateur card or signed declaration of amateur status, proof of ODS membership, and a copy of the front of their qualifying tests to the ODS office by October 1. Recipients will be chosen from those qualifying by a drawing.

Requirements of Eligibility: Adult Amateur owner -rider, 35 years of age or older at the beginning of the ODS awards year, with a minimum of two ODS Championship Show qualifying scores at Training Level, First Level, or Second Level, from a minimum of two separate judges at USEF/USDF/ODS recognized shows during the competition year on any number of his/her own horse(s). Competitor need not show at the Championship Show.

Eligibility Limitations: Any recipient who previously received this award at any of the designated levels shall not be eligible to again receive the award at that same level. That person shall be eligible to receive the award at a higher level in subsequent competition years. Recipients shall not be eligible if any of the qualifying scores were received while exhibiting a non-owned horse, including but not limited to any leased or borrowed horse.

ODS Connie J. Keith Trust Award Past Recipients:

1995 Tracey Moneta (Training Level)
1995 Nancy Montheith (1st Level)
1995 Linda Acheson (2nd Level)
1996 Linda Yeates (Training Level)
1996 Suzanne Ronning (1st Level)
1996 Elizabeth Kierkegaard (2nd Level)
1997 Marsha Williams (1st Level)
1998 Diane Hansen (1st Level)
1999 Jackie Paul (Training Level)
1999 Cynthia Chevrier (2nd Level)
1999 Cathleen Woore Vanzwol (1st Level)
1999 Patti Goodwin (2nd Level)
2000 Jeanne Getman (Training Level)

2000 Karen Corsini (1st Level)
2000 Cathleen Woore Vanzwol (2nd Level)
2002 Dorothy Richardson
2004 Janet Jones (Training Level)
2005 Helen Ferguson (2nd Level)
2005 Elizabeth Harris (1st Level)
2006 Debra Ringold (Training Level)
2007 (none)
2008 Laurie Adair (First Level)
2009 Carrie Olson (First Level)
2010 Marianne Thomas (Training Level)
2010 Marianne Thomas (Training Level)
2010 Jackie Brunken (First Level)



President's Choice Horse Ambassador

Sponsored by the Twin Rivers Chapter - ODS


2004 President's Choice Horse Ambassador Jakarta, ridden and owned by Mike Osinski.


2010 Horse Ambassador Harbor Mist and Jaime Hughes with Gaye McCabe and Kathy Casey (L) presenting the award.


2013 President's Choice Horse Ambassador Delta Olenas Gunner, ridden and owned by Katherine Rickert

The recipient is selected by the President of ODS. It is presented to the horse who has best represented dressage in Oregon and beyond, thru competition or demonstrations. This horse is not necessarily at the highest levels but demonstrates the attributes that make him or her a "Goodwill Ambassador".

Horse Ambassador - President's Choice Past Winners:

1991 Rufus
1993 Armed and Alert
2000 Conversano Pirouette
2001 Nick
2002 Simon
2003 Kasper
2004 Jakarta
2005 Farrari

2006 Suzy
2007 Parocco
2008 Lord of the Ring
2009 Harbor Mist
2010 Heart B Porter Creek
2011 North Forks Cardi
2012 SB Flame Dancer
2013 Delta Olenas Gunner


ODS Chapter Merit Award

A cash award for the ODS chapter who provides the best gift basket to the ODS Annual Auction, will be given each year at the Awards Celebration. The winner of this award is the Chapter receiving the highest bid on their basket during the silent auction. The award is a $25.00 check from ODS.

ODS Chapter Merit Award Past Recipients:

2004 Chehalem Mountain Chapter
2005 Chehalem Mountain Chapter
2006 Pacific Crest Trail Chapter
2007 Cascade Chapter
2008 N/A
2009 Pacific Crest Trail Chapter

2010 Chehalem Mountain Chapter
2011 North Willamette Valley Chapter
2012 Chehalem Mountain Chapter
2013 Columbia County Dressage Chapter



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