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Sara Mittlsider - Open - La Paz Advanced


By Tami Aufderheide

Greetings to all!  I am Tami Aufderheide, your new President for IDEA.  I am so pleased to be working to promote the sport we love in Idaho. 

This year, the Board of IDEA has implemented some new awards and programs to help grow our membership base as well as provide education to our members.  We have added new year end breed awards as well as expanding year end placings to 5th place.  We are also providing a $500 clinic/educational event assistance to each of our chapters. 

We are hosting two shows at Once Upon a Horse this year.  Our level 2 Boise River Show, and our Level 3 Idaho Dressage Festival.  C&M Farm is sponsoring high point breed awards to be given at these shows for: Quarter Horse, Thoroughbred, Draft/Draft Cross, Pony, and Grade Horse. These will be a great addition to the shows!
Read more April Newsletter!

What’s New

Year end- Breed Awards

Clinic Assistance program for Chapters

High Point Show Breed Awards Including:

Morgan, Paint, American Warmblood, American Warmblood & Sport horse, Appaloosa, Arabian, Friesian, Friesian Sporthorse, Gypsy Vanner, International Andalusian & Lusitano, Trakehner


See website for complete list, with many more expected.


New Grant program

Grant Program

Congratulations to Christy Taylor and Lea Leathers, the EIC and IDEA grant recipients.  They each will receive $250 to use toward an educational purpose.  IDEA is planning to fund this grant again next year.  Look for information about how you can apply around the first of the year.
The Dressage Foundation also offers many grants.  Please check it out to see if you qualify.

IDEA 20220Approved Shows

Not all Idaho USDF/USEF are IDEA approved. Year-end Dressage scores can only be counted from IDEA approved shows.
IDEA USDF/USEF Approved shows: SSHF Spring Event, Spokane WA Boise River Dressage, Eagle ID SSHF Spring Dressage, Spokane WA Idaho Dressage Festival, Eagle ID SSHF Father’s Day Dressage, Spokane WA C&M Farm, Summer Dressage Show, Pocatello, ID SSHF Casual Qualifier, Spokane WA Eastern Idaho Chapter High Desert Classic Dressage Show, Pocatello ID SSHF Dressage Spectacular, Spokane WA 2022 Benefit Idaho Dressage Show, Eagle, ID

Proposed By-Law Change

The Board in an effort to make the year end award policy as clear as possible would like to add the following words to:


Article XV Annual Awards Horse Section 1 and section 2.5:

To qualify for Annual Awards, Owner or their designee shall volunteer at an IDEA approved or sponsored activity during the award year.  The minimum number of required volunteer hours will be specified in the IDEA year-end award score sheet, published on the website


Article XVI Annual Awards Rider Section 1; Article XVII USEF Rider Test Dressage Rider of the Year Section 1:

To qualify for Annual Awards, Rider or their designee shall volunteer at an IDEA approved or sponsored activity during the award year.  The minimum number of required volunteer hours will be specified in the IDEA year-end award score sheet, published on the website.


We have had this requirement for several years now; however, we have never formally placed it in the by-laws.  It has only appeared on the score reporting form where it was easily missed by new members.  We feel this will help to clarify award criteria. Voting will take place via an email survey to all current members

Mike and Christy Taylor (C & M Farm) are donating high point breed awards at the following shows.

  • Boise River Dressage Show
  • Idaho Dressage Festival
  • C & M Farm Summer  Dressage
  • EIC High Desert Dressage Classic
  • Benefit Idaho Dressage Show
Awards are:
  • High Point Grade Horse
  • High Point Quarter Horse
  • High Point Thoroughbred
  • High Point Pony
  • High Point Draft/Draft Cross

Mike and Christy (C & M Farm) have applied for and received High Point Ribbons/Awards from the specific breed organizations!

American Morgan Horse Association Inc Ribbons
American Paint Horse Association Designated Paint Alternative Comp
American Trakenher Association Ribbons
American Warmblood Registry High Point Certificates & Ribbon Request Forms
American Warmblood Society & Sporthorse Registry Ribbons
Appaloosa Horse Club Ribbons
Arabian Horse Association CERTIFICATE-2 for each show
Arabian Horse Association-REGION 4 Ribbons-4- Will get from Kaye Phaneuf
Friesian Horse Association of North America Ribbons
Friesian Sporthorse Association Ribbons & Bags
Gypsy Vanner Horse Society Certificates to print off
International Andulusian & Lustiano Horse Association Ribbons

We have exciting news!

IDEA has made some changes to our year end awards.

Become a Member

There are so many reasons to join! With your membership you will receive:
  • Discounts on many clinics and shows
  • Eligibility for IDEA Year-End Awards.
  • Recieve an USDF Group Membership automatically by joining IDEA!
Your USDF Group Membership includes:
  • Printed USDF Connection magazine
  • Full access to USDF’s digital publications, including USDF Connection
  • USDF Member Guide
  • Full access to USDF’s online learning opportunities
  • Full access to
To read more about becoming a member.