Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1. Membership
  • 2. Showing
  • 3. Points and Awards
  • 4. Clinics and Education
  • 5. Other
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  • 1. How do I join Glass-Ed?
     

    Joining is easy! Just click here to join online, or to download a printable membership form. If you mail in your membership application, please make checks payable to Glass-Ed and send to Janice Smith, Glass-Ed Membership Chair, 2233 Laxton, Mason MI 48854.

  • 2. How much does it cost to join?
     

    Membership dues are $45 for a primary member, and $35 for each additional family member in the same household. Membership includes registration for one horse; each additional horse is $5

  • 3. How do I know what my membership classification is?
     

    Glass-Ed offers Junior/Young Rider, Adult Amateur, and Open divisions.

    Individuals are eligible as Junior/Young Riders until the end of the calendar year in which they reach the age of 21. Competitors shall compete as Adults (either amateur or professional) from the beginning of the calendar year in which they reach the age of 22.

    Any person who trains horses or riders for recompense, monetary or otherwise within one year of the show entered, shall be considered to be a professional for purposes of GLASS-ED shows. Professional riders may only enter classes designated as “open.”

  • 4. What do I get with my Glass-Ed membership?
     

    As a member of Glass-Ed, you also become a member of USDF, the only national organization devoted exclusively to dressage. Members of Glass-Ed enjoy all the benefits of Glass-Ed and USDF through one membership process.

    Some of the many benefits to Glass-Ed membership include:

    • Subscription to the award-winning USDF Connection magazine
    • Access to e-TRAK, USDF’s online learning center for dressage education
    • Eligibility to compete as rider and/or owner at USEF-licensed/USDF-recognized shows
    • Eligibility to participate Glass-Ed’s Year End Award programs
    • Discounted rates on clinics
    • Free printed copy of the information-packed Glass-Ed Omnibus (show schedule, show bills, rules, class entry forms, etc.)
    • Free classified ad postings on our website

    And more!! Click here to see all of the great benefits to joining Glass-Ed!

  • 5. Where do I find a list of events for members?
     

    A complete list of events for members, including meetings, shows, clinics and other interesting happenings can be found on the Events Page.

  • 6. Where do I find the Glass-Ed Rules?
     

    You may view or download a copy of the Rule Book here. You may also find the Member Guide helpful, as it is full of useful information, tips, and a selection of important rules.

  • 1. Where do I find a list of shows?
     

    This year's show schedule is posted here.

  • 2. What are the rules for showing?
     

    You may view or download a copy of the Glass-Ed Rule Book here. You may also find the Member Guide helpful, as it is full of useful information, tips, and a selection of important rules.

  • 3. Do I need to be a member to participate in a Glass-Ed show?
     

    You do not need to be a member to enter any Glass-Ed show, however a $10 non-member fee is required. At shows co-sanctioned with Michiana Dressage Club (MDC), the non-member fee is waived for MDC current members.

    (Please note, this fee is per rider. Non-members may show on multiple horses under one non-member fee).

  • 4. Can we show a Pas de Deux or Quadrille?
     

    Absolutely! Almost all of our shows offer Pas de Duex or Quadrille classes. All teams must be registered, and you can find the registration forms here. You may substitute riders and horses if necessary.

    When entering a show, each rider of the team must enter the class and pay the per rider fee, as well as list the team name on the appropriate line of the entry form.

  • 5. What classes are offered at Glass-Ed shows
     

    Every show offers different classes, so check each individual show bill to see if the class you're interested in is offered.

    However, some classes are required to be offered by all Glass-Ed shows. They're shown in bold on the Master Class List.

  • 6. How do I give feedback to a show host?
     

    Show hosts always appreciate feedback! Whether compliments for a job well done, or suggestions for improvement, show hosts only know what to change or keep the same if they know what attendees thought of their event.

    We offer an easy-to-complete online Show Evaluation Form. These forms are sent to Glass-Ed and the appropriate show host, and are kept confidential if you wish.

  • 7. Can I sanction my show with Glass-Ed?
     

    Glass-Ed is always looking to expand our show schedule and geographical coverage. If you run a dressage schooling show already, we'd love to hear from you!

    Read more about sanctioning your show with Glass-Ed, or apply for sanctioning! We also offer a comprehensive Show Host Guide, which is great for both new and experienced show hosts.

  • 8. How many classes may I enter at a Glass-Ed show?
     

    A horse at Introductory Level may enter a maximum of six classes per day. Horses entered in any class at Training Level or above (including Basic Level western dressage or any group classes that include canter) may enter a maximum of four classes per day.

  • 9. Are helmets required at Glass-Ed shows?
     

    Yes. ASTM/SEI equestrian protective headgear must be worn by anyone mounted on a horse at any time on the competition grounds. The harness must be secured and properly fitted.

  • 10. Are show clothes required at Glass-Ed shows?
     

    Show clothes are required at Glass-Ed shows. USEF rules for attire apply (see DR120 and WD122), however, paddock boots with half chaps of a conservative color are allowed for Introductory through Fourth Level.

  • 11. Can I volunteer at a show?
     

    Absolutely! Shows can’t run without your help! From ring stewards to scribes, runners to scorekeepers, there is a job for every ability! If you’re available to share your time and love of dressage, please contact us!

  • 12. Do you offer trainer discounts?
     

    Trainers who bring three students to any 2016 GLASS-ED Sanctioned Dressage Show receive a $5.00 coupon for use at any GLASS-ED event – sanctioned show, clinic, membership, banquet, Omnibus advertising, etc. All three riders' entry forms must be signed by the same trainer. Non-members and members are both eligible. Copies of the Trainer Coupon are available in the omnibus and on the Forms Page.

  • 1. What awards does Glass-Ed offer?
     

    Each year, Glass-Ed presents high point and high percentage Year-End Awards for riders and horses, Certificates of Achievement, and the Classic Saddlery High Percentage Qualifier Award.

  • 2. Do I need to register for Year-End Awards?
     

    Certificates of Achievement and the Classic Saddlery High Percentage Qualifier Award do not require any registration, and are presented to all members who meet the requirements of the award. All other year-end awards require registration prior to earning scores.

  • 3. How many shows do I need to enter to qualify for year-end awards?
     

    To be eligible for GLASS-ED Year End Awards, the rider/horse team must have participated in at least three (3) GLASS-ED shows.

  • 4. When is the show season, or when does point accumulation begin?
     

    Point accumulation begins on the date the Membership and Year End Award Registration forms and all fees are received by GLASS-ED or a GLASS-ED show host for the rider and horse registered; and ends at the last show of the GLASS-ED season.

  • 5. I already submitted Year End Awards Registration; can I add a category?
     

    Yes! Additional Year End Award categories may be added at any time. Point accrual begins when the Year End Award form and fee is received. Also, additional Year End Award category registration forms may be submitted to a show secretary prior to the first ride of the day in the added category.

  • 6. How many awards are given for each category?
     

    Champion and Reserve Champion Year End Awards will be given to eligible GLASS-ED members. If there are six (6) or more registrants in a category (or a split category) who have fulfilled all the requirements, a Third Place award will be given. If there are ten (10) or more registrants in a category (or a split category) who have fulfilled all the requirements, a Fourth Place award will be given.

  • 7. Besides dressage tests, which classes count for award points?
     

    Test Classes: Dressage tests and western dressage tests will count toward their respective Rider Award, toward Breed Awards, and toward Certificates of Achievement.

    Suitable and In-Hand: Suitability and In-Hand will count towards Breed Awards, but not toward Rider Awards or Certificates of Achievement.

    Equitation: Equitation Classes and Non Qualifying Specialty Equitation classes will only count toward Equitation awards. Walk-Trot Equitation classes will only count toward Walk-Trot Equitation awards and Dressage Equitation classes will only count toward Dressage Equitation awards. Note: Equitation classes do not count toward breed awards.

    Test of Choice: Scores from Test of Choice (TOC) classes will count toward Breed Awards and Certificates of Achievement. Tests will count toward Rider Awards if the test is not offered in its own class. Riders may enter and choose the test they want to ride. 2015 USDF Tests, 2013 Rider Tests, 2013 Western Dressage Tests, Para-Tests, Gaited Tests and USEA Eventing Tests may be ridden in Test of Choice class and points earned will accumulate toward year end award category selected. All tests in a TOC class must be ridden in the same size ring. If entries consist of tests typically ridden in the small ring and tests typically ridden in the standard ring then all entries must be ridden in the standard ring. However, the show host has the option to split the TOC class into two classes, thereby utilizing the small ring for Introductory and Training Level classes and the standard ring for all tests above Training Level.

    Freestyle Classes: The Musical Freestyle and Anything Goes Musical Freestyle classes will count toward the respective Rider and Breed Awards. None of the Freestyles count toward Certificates of Achievement.

    Rider Tests: Rider tests will count toward the Rider Test – All Levels Award. Rider tests do not count toward Rider Awards, Breed Awards, or Certificates of Achievement.

  • 8. My horse is double-registered; can I sign up for multiple breed awards?
     

    No, horses and ponies may be registered for only one Breed Award. If the horse or pony is eligible for more than one category, the person nominating may choose which category to register, and points will count only in the category registered.

  • 9. Are registration papers required to register for breed awards?
     

    Copies of registration papers are required for Registered Breed categories, excluding pony and unregistered.

  • 10. My horse's breed isn't listed! Which category do I enter?
     

    The Registered “Color” Breed category shall include Appaloosa, Palomino, Buckskin, Dun, Paint, Pinto, and ADGR Gray.

    The Other Registered Breed category shall include any registered horse who is not a Registered Arabian, Registered Half/Anglo Arabian, Registered AQHA/Appendix AQHA, Registered Thoroughbred, Registered Warmblood, or Registered “Color” Breed. Friesians, Andalusians, Lusitanos, and other Baroque breeds should be listed as Other Registered Breed.

    For purposes of GLASS-ED Year End Awards, a pony shall be defined as any animal not over 148 centimeters without shoes, or 149 centimeters with shoes. Glass-Ed board members may request and/or conduct a measurement at any time, unless a permanent USEF Measurement Card is verified. Pony registration papers may be submitted, but are not required.

    Those with registered ponies may decided between the appropriate registered breed category or the pony category, but may not enter not both.

  • 11. How are points calculated?
     

    The point system for calculating Rider and Breed GLASS-ED Year End Awards is shown below. The Number of Riders in a class is calculated on the number of total riders and horses that actually participated in the class (toward the end of winning a place). Scratches, No Shows, and Hors Concour entries are NOT counted. Eliminations/Disqualified Rides and Withdrawals ARE counted.

    Number of Riders in the Class
    Placing 1-2 3-4 5-6 7-10 11-15 16-20
    1 3 5 7 8 9 10
    2 1 3 5 6 7 8
    3 - 2 4 5 6 7
    4 - 1 3 4 5 6
    5 - - 2 3 4 5
    6 - - 1 2 3 4

  • 12. I'm a Junior/Young Rider or Amateur, but only Open classes are offered. Now what?
     

    Sometimes for smaller shows or smaller classes, only Open divisions will be offered for a particular class. If only Open level classes are offered at a show and a rider is registered for Junior/Young Rider or Adult Amateur year end award categories, placing points will accumulate for the year end award category for which the rider is registered. However, if Junior/Young Rider or Adult Amateur divisions are offered as separate classes, rides in Open classes will not count toward Junior/Young Rider or Adult Amateur year end award categories.

  • 13. Do my scores at USDF shows count for awards?
     

    Placings awarded at recognized USDF dressage shows may be used for the GLASS-ED category USDF Open – All Levels year end award high point accumulation and for certificates of achievement. Send rider and horse placing within fourteen (14) days after completion of the competition to the GLASS-ED Point Keeper, by email. Include the internet address of show results for verification of placing.

  • 14. How do I earn a Certificate of Achievement?
     

    All rider & horse teams registered with GLASS-ED are eligible for Certificates of Achievement.
    Certificates of Achievement, as detailed below, will be awarded to the rider & Horse who have competed in at least three (3) different GLASS-ED shows. The score accumulation begins at the first GLASS-ED show of the season at which the member is registered and ends at the last show of the GLASS-ED show season.

    Bronze Certificate: Awarded when a rider has received seven (7) scores of 50% or better at a level; at three (3) different shows.
    Silver Certificate: Awarded when a rider has received five (5) scores of 60% or better at a level; at three (3) different shows.
    Gold Certificate: Awarded when a rider has received three (3) scores of 70% or better at a level; at three (3) different shows.

  • 15. What is the Classic Saddlery High Percentage Qualifier Award?
     

    The Classic Saddlery High Percentage Qualifier Award consists of two, $100 gift certificates to Classic Saddlery to be awarded at the GLASS-ED Annual Banquet. The first drawing for a $100 gift certificate will include all riders with eligible qualifying scores who have not won the Classic Saddlery Award in previous years. The drawing for the second $100 gift certificate will include all eligible riders except the winner from the first drawing of the current year. Each year there will be 2 winners of a $100 gift certificates to Classic Saddlery.

  • 16. How do I enter the Classic Saddlery High Percentage Qualifier Award?
     

    To be eligible for the Classic Saddlery High Percentage Qualifier Award, the rider must be a GLASS-ED member and the horse must be registered with GLASS-ED. Riders who earn qualifying scores at Glass-Ed shows will be automatically entered in the drawing. Riders must be present at the GLASS-ED Annual Banquet to be eligible to win the Classic Saddlery Award. Riders not in attendance at the Annual Banquet will not be eligible to win.

    Level Test Qualifying Score
    Introductory Level USDF Introductory Test C 70%
    Training Level USEF Training Level Test 3 68%
    First Level USEF First Level Test 3 66%
    Second Level USEF Second Level Test 3 64%
    Third Level USEF Third Level Test 3 62%
  • 17. When and where is the Year-End Awards Banquet?
     

    Our 2016 Annual Awards Banquet will be held Saturday, November 5, at the beautiful Kellogg Biological Station

  • 18. Where can I view the current point standings?
     

    Points are updated as quickly as possible after each show, and are posted here.

  • 1. What clinics does Glass-Ed offer?
     

    Glass-Ed offers a variety of clinics and learning opportunities throughout the year. Click here view the latest clinic opportunities

  • 2. Do members receive discounts at Glass-Ed clinics?
     

    Almost all clinics offer discounts to Glass-Ed members, either for riding, auditing, or both.

  • 3. I have a suggestion for a clinic; who do I contact?
     

    Please email the Clinic Chair with any ideas or suggestions you have. We'd love to hear from you!

  • 1. How can I get news updates from Glass-Ed?
     

    Sign up for our e-mail list to receive our monthly newsletter, and be sure to follow us on Facebook too!

  • 2. How do I advertise with Glass-Ed?
     

    Classified ads are available to all members for FREE! Non-members may post an ad for $5.00.

    Advertising in the Omnibus is also available; details are available here.

    Class sponsors and door prize donations for the Year-End Banquet are also appreciated!

  • 3. Where can I get copies of Glass-Ed forms?
     

    All forms are available for viewing and printing here.

  • 4. Do you offer trainer discounts?
     

    Trainers who bring three students to any 2016 GLASS-ED Sanctioned Dressage Show receive a $5.00 coupon for use at any GLASS-ED event – sanctioned show, clinic, membership, banquet, Omnibus advertising, etc. All three riders' entry forms must be signed by the same trainer. Non-members and members are both eligible. Copies of the Trainer Coupon are available in the omnibus and on the Forms Page.

  • 5. Can I share photos with Glass-Ed
     

    We’d love to see your favorite photos from Glass-Ed shows! In the ring or hanging out at the trailer, show us what a Glass-Ed event looks like to you! Email them to us and we just might share them at the banquet, or on our website and Facebook page!

 

 

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