Great Lakes Distance Riding Association Awards

2023 Awards–Final Standings, Horse Mileage and Personal Mileage Awards

2023 Final Year-End Standings PDP Mileage Awards 2023 HDP Mileage Awards 2023

2022 Standings, Horse Mileage and Personal Mileage Awards

2022 Final Standings
2022 Horse Mileage Awards
2022 Personal Mileage Awards

Earned Awards

The awards are received by the recipients at the banquet. Some of the personal and equine mileage awards include:

  • 200 Miles – Certificate for personal and equine mileage
  • 500 Miles – Patch for personal and equine mileage
  • 1,000 Miles – Buckle for personal mileage
  • 2,000 Miles – Picture frame for equine mileage
  • 3,000 Miles – Sweatshirt
  • 4,000 Miles – Clock
  • 5,000 Miles – Shirt
  • 6,000 Miles – Embroidered item (person pays for embroidered item, awards person paid $40 in the past.)

Additional awards are given at 1,000 mile intervals. 

Legend Cup: The Great Lakes Distance Riding Association Legend Cup is a traveling award presented to the horse completing the overall highest mileage of the year in sanctioned GLDRA events. The mileage can be for competitive, limited distance, endurance or a combination of all.

The purpose of this award is to recognize the effort it takes to properly condition the horse as well as prepare and execute a season long strategy resulting in attaining the highest number of miles completed during a season.

In 2011 John and Roseanna Clark sponsored the Legend Cup in honor of their horse Matuks Legend+/. Legend holds the GLDRA all time high mileage mark with 8,330 miles completed in his career.

Year Rider Horse Mileage
2011 Diane Meinders Lacey’s Game 855
2012 Leslie Bennett Catchu Latr WLA 660
2013 ?
2014 ?
2015 Linda Hamrick RTM First In Line 690
2016 Linda Hamrick RTM First In Line 710
2017 Linda Hamrick RTM First In Line 845
2018 Diane Meinders Yo Dusty 865
2019 ?
2020 ?
2021 ?
2022 ?

Rookie of the Year: This Award was started by the Scrub Oaks Ride in 1985 in memory of Lecia Strunk, who rode and competed valiantly in the face of Type 1 Diabetes. It was awarded to a first-year rider who, in the opinion of the judges and according to scores, was the high point Rookie of the Year. Char Richards and Debbie Bosma initially donated this traveling award to GLDRA when they no longer put on the Scrub Oaks Ride. 

This award continues today, but rather than a traveling award, the recipient receives a plaque and a useful prize (usually a cooler or sheet, etc.) from whomever decides to donate the award in that particular year. This award is determined by the points committee and is based on total mileage ridden and the points accumulated. The following criteria must be met to be eligible for this award:

  • The rider must not have ridden more than three official distance events in their lifetime (in or out of the state of Michigan) prior to nominating for the award in
    the current ride year. This does not include novice or intro rides which are not considered official competitions.
  • The rider must declare their intent to compete for this award by contacting the ride secretary/points keeper during the competition year. A simple phone call or message is all that is necessary. It follows that the rider must be a member of GLDRA in good standing.
  • The rider may ride any equine but must complete a minimum of four rides of at least 25 miles in order to qualify for the ROTY award. The rides may be Limited Distance, Endurance or Competitive Trail rides or any combination of them.
  • Rides must be GLDRA rides to qualify.

The recipient will not be presented with the Rookie Award until the Yearly Membership and Awards Meeting following the conclusion of the ride season.

“Lecia’s love of the sport and perseverance in the face of adversity continue to be an inspiration to all distance riders.”


Year Name
1985 Carrie McCandlish
1986 Craig Barshum
1987 Jan Baxuin
1988 Lisa Harthorn
1989 Shelly Dake
1991 Dani Kregear
1992 Julia Abrams
1993 Ronald R Hart
1994 Katie Bosma
1995 Jonathan Bosma
1996 Charles Phillips
1997 Janette Stevens
1998 Tommy Van Gessel
1999 Christina Dyer
2000 Chris Otto
2001 Joe McCulloch
2002 Tali Sorenson
2003 Scott Anstine
2004 Sandra Wright
2005 Rachael Meinders
2006 Rachael Clark
2007 Katy Byard
2008 Karen Steffens
2009 Whitney Meinders
2010 Ashton Clark
2011 Leslie Bennett
2012 No Rookie of the Year
2013 ?
2014 ?
2015 Doug VanderWoude
2016 Isabella Moorhouse
2017 ?
2018 Stephanie Boomgaard
2019 No Nominations
2020 ?
2021 ?
2022 ?

Arabian Horse Association High Point Competitive Purebred Arabian

This year-end award is sponsored by the Arabian Horse Association for AHA-recognized Competitive Trail Ride Organizations. It is awarded to the high-point Arabian and Half-Arabian. The owner must be a current AHA Competition Cardholder for points to accumulate. The horse must be a registered Arabian, Half-Arabian or Anglo-Arabian. Bonus points per mile are awarded for participating in AHA Regional and /or National Championship Competitive Rides. Awards are presented at the annual GLDRA Award Banquet.

Shelley Dake has been in charge of obtaining this award. After year end placings have been published Shelley contacts the GLDRA members who have Arabs and Half Arabs with the highest year end points to see if they are a AHA Competition Card holder. Once she has established who will be the recipient of this award she downloads the AHA Recognized Competitive Trail Ride Organization’s Year End High Point Arabian & Half-Arabian Awards form from their website, fills out the form and fax the information to them at 303-696-4599 any additional contact can be made by call AHA in Colorado at 303-696-4500.

AHA Arab

Year Horse Owner
2003 WA Diamond Jubilee Kathy Macki
2004 Synerator Barb Kurti
2004 Count cha-Ska Shelley Dake
2005 Synerator Barb Kurti
2006 JDakmaar Sharri/+ Charles Phillips
2007 Pro Caliber Tali Sorenson
2008 Alada Kheanna Julie Roe
2009 Synerator Barb Kurti
2010 No Nominations
2011 Emalika Orvin Rohloff
2012 CH Shamm Bashire Max Bernsdorf

AHA Half-Arab

Year Horse Owner
2003 Over Brooks Image Lisa Germann
2004 Justkiddingaround Lisa Germann
2005 Justkiddingaround Lisa Germann
2006 Justkiddingaround Lisa Germann
2007 Justkiddingaround Lisa Germann
2008 Over Brooks Image+/ Lisa Germann
2009 Brittany Rolsthedice Lisa Germann
2010 No Nominations
2011 MI Lucky Charm Max Bernsdorf
2012 Justkiddingaround+/ Lisa Germann ridden by Tim Germann



  • Hall of Fame (Horse & Person): The Hall of Fame Award was started by Ted and Holly Palmer-Chaff in 1984. They donated a silver trophy bowl that is engraved with the winners, who were nominated and voted on by the general membership at the annual meeting. The nominees were to be the ones that have made an outstanding contribution to distance riding during either a long period of time or an outstanding achievement in one year. This is to be a traveling trophy brought back annually and given to the next winners. A committee met in 1992 and recommended these guidelines be put into effect in 1993. Nominations are to be written and publicized at the annual meeting. This could be done with handouts or posters. The candidates should be informed in advance. Statement of Intent:
    • The purpose of the Great Lakes Distance Riding Association Hall of Fame is to honor persons and/or horses selected to this position for their outstanding achievements accomplished in this sport.


    Individuals voting for these nominees should not take the above statement lightly. Time and consideration need to be given to the performances of those nominated to the Hall of Fame. The votes cast for those nominated should not be spur-of-the-moment decision or voted for because of sentimental reasons, nor be a popularity contest. This committee has adopted the following guidelines, which may apply to human or animals.

    • 1. Should have accomplished some MAJOR goals in the sport.
    • 2. Should have returned something to the sport (time, competition, etc.)
    • 3. Consistently shows top performance.
    • 4. Accumulated a fair amount of mileage in competition.
    • 5. Must be a member of GLDRA in the years nominated.

    All nominations must be printed in the December/Winter Newsletter before voting takes place at
    the annual meeting.

      • Year Person Horse Owner
        1984 Will Koster Brandy Kathy Walton
        1985 Diane Dykstra Cedric Pat Sager
        1986 Pat Sager Dang It All Minty Vickie Herrick
        1986 Ka-Barrz Judy Schlink
        1987 Joe Yogus Magic Carima Joe Yogus
        1988 Roger & Rhoda Ritter Rugged Lacy’s B Jan Mills-Kennedy
        1989 Richard Stonehouse Shorty Bruce Birr
        1990 Jo Beth Bridleman Mar Rocca Pat Sager
        1991 Marcia Koster Mire Star Robin Dilg
        1992 Ruth Yogus Spruce Sarta Craig & Debbie Olson
        1993 Betty Dykstra T.F. Starfire Marcia Koster
        1994 Sue Herrick Count Qamira Julie Roe
        1995 Jim Yell Tyson Ray Sugzda
        1995 One Tuff Joker Jonathan Bosma
        1996 Ray Sugzda Takis Rama Shelley Dake
        1997 Rae Birr Bay Champagne Jean Miller
        1998 Julie Roe Tis-A-Prince Jim Harris
        1999 Cindy Osborne Chester Katy Byrne
        1999 Wayne Gastfield
        2000 Jeanie Miller Matuk’s Legend+/ Roseanne Clark
        2001 Gene Dake It’s A Story Don Caldwell
        2002 Shelley Dake Jo Ve Conbrio+ Lisa Germann
        2003 Jan Kennedy Just Jimmy Julie Roe
        2004 Ted Klopfenstein Maggie (War Lucinda) Jeanie Miller
        2005 No Nomination Miss Birr Family
        2006 Bruce Birr Honey Diane Meinders
        2007 Charles Phillips J Dalmaar Sherri+/ Charles Phillips
        2008 Karen Graham Synerator (Bud) Barb Kurti
        2008 Karen Bahrman
        2008 Lisa Germann
        2009 Myra Fleming Gallant Dancer Linda Hamrick
        2010 No Nominations MA Mara Leah Kari & Dale Hanes
        2011 No Nominations No Nominations
        2012 No Nominations Count Cha-Ska Shelley Dake
        2013 Kathy Macki RC Radar Birr Family
        2014 No Nominations Shatto’s Sir Lance Lot Becke Grams
        2015 No Nominations No Nominations
        2016 No Nominations Over Brooks Image+// Lisa Germann
        2017 No Nominations RTM First In Line Linda Hamrick
        2019 Donnie Hamrick No Horse Nominated
        2020 ?
        2021 No Nominations
        2022 ?

        This is sponsored by the Half Arabian Association of Michigan and is presented at the GLDRA
        Annual Awards Banquet. This is for the top Half Arabian (horse/rider combination) competing in
        Michigan rides. It is open to all registered half/Arabians. Registration with HAAM in advance of
        the season is required along with a copy of the registration papers for the horse.

      • Year Event Horse Owner
        1992 Competitive Chocolet Delight Rosanne Garvison
        1992 Endurance Mira Star Robin Dilg
        1993 Competitive MA Lu-Jacque Will Koster
        1993 Endurance Pecan Myra Fleming
        1994 Competitive GRShadow Angel Williams
        1994 Endurance Niota Nick Mamula
        1995 Competitive Just Jimmy Julie Roe
        1995 Endurance None Nominated
        1996 Competitive Just Jimmy Julie Roe
        1996 Endurance Zak Guy Worthington
        1997 Competitive Santee s Rain Dance Jeff Phillips
        1997 Endurance Just Jimmy Julie Roe
        1998 Competitive Santee s Rain Dance Jeff Philips
        1998 Endurance Zak Guy Worthington
        1999 Competitive Santee s Rain Dance Jeff Phillips
        1999 Endurance Win Mystic Najha Gene Williams
        2000 Competitive Just Jimmy Julie Roe
        2000 Endurance RWS Celebration Char Richards
        2001 Competitive Just Jimmy Julie Roe
        2001 Endurance RWS Celebration Char Richards
        2002 Competitive Just Jimmy Julie Roe
        2002 Endurance Gallant Dancer Linda Hamrick
        2003 Competitive Just Jimmy Julie Roe
        2003 Endurance Gallant Dancer Linda Hamrick
        2004 Competitive Just Jimmy Julie Roe
        2004 Endurance Santee’s Raindance Jeff Phillips
        2005 Competitive Just Jimmy Julie Roe
        2005 Endurance Gallant Dancer Linda Hamrick
        2006 Competitive Just Jimmy Julie Roe
        2006 Endurance Gallant Dancer Linda Hamrick
        2007 Competitive Over Brooks Image+/ Lisa Germann
        2007 Endurance Gallant Dancer Linda Hamrick
        2008 Competitive Over Brooks Image+/ Lisa Germann
        2008 Endurance Shatto’s Sir Lance Lot Becke Grams
        2009 Competitive Brittany Rolsthedice Lisa Germann
        2009 Endurance Bear’s Northern Light Becke Grams
        2010 Competitive Coosa Valley Indiana Jones Amy Scharmen
        2010 Endurance RTM First In Line Linda Hamrick
        2011 Competitive MI Lucky Charm Max Bernsdorf
        2011 Endurance RTM First In Line Linda Hamrick
        2012 Competitive Justkiddingaround Tim Germann
        2012 Endurance RTM First In Line Linda Hamrick
        2013 Competitive    
        2013 Endurance    
        2014 Competitive    
        2014 Endurance    
        2015 Competitive Quincy QT Jeanne Aslakson
        2015 Endurance RTM First In Line Linda Hamrick
        2016 Competitive LW Constant Sohn Diane Maxey
        2016 Endurance RTM First In Line Linda Hamrick
        2017 Competitive    
        2017 Endurance    
        2018 Competitive Brittany Rolsthedice Lisa Germann
        2018 Endurance RTM First In Line Linda Hamrick


        Volunteer of the Year Award: Volunteers play a very important role in the success of our rides. This award recognizes the person who donates their time at the rides.
        Sportsmanship Award: This award is to emphasize good sportsmanship, that is, asking for the trail when passing, welcoming news members to our sport, giving them help, and answering their questions, etc. When making nominations a particular act of sportsmanship should be noted.
        Pit Crew of the Year Award: This award recognizes the dedicated individuals that support the endurance horse and rider. They devote many long and grueling hours and are instrumental to the care and well-being of the horse and rider.
        Ride Management of the Year:
        Merry Legs Award: Junior riders are in charge of voting for the Merry Legs Award. This award is given to the most deserving horse carrying a junior rider that year. This award is donated by Linda and Donnie Hamrick.

        GLDRA Lifetime Mileage Program Awards

        To be eligible for the horse/rider mileage awards the horse/rider must be entered in the respective mileage awards program. Horse and rider must be signed up as individuals (not teams). A one time fee of $30.00 is collected to enter the mileage programs.
        Personal Mileage Award Program
        Horse Mileage Award Program
        Download link to the Rider/Horse Mileage Form

        GLDRA Sponsored UMECRA Award

        Charles Phillips Versatility Award
        This award is given out at the UMECRA banquet and is sponsored by GLDRA in memory of Charles Phillips. The versatility horse award is open to horse and rider teams with the highest number of combined points in all categories. Each horse and rider team must complete a minimum of two events in each category (Competitive Riding, Limited Distance & Endurance). Nominations for the Versatility Award must be submitted to the Points Keeper before the beginning of the last scheduled ride of the season.
        Download: Versatility Award Nomination Form
        Download: Retired Awards With Past Recipients