Great Lakes Distance Riding Association Awards
The awards are received by the recipients at the banquet.
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.
|2011||Diane Meinders||Lacey’s Game||855|
|2012||Leslie Bennett||Catchu Latr WLA||660|
|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|
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.”
|1993||Ronald R Hart|
|1998||Tommy Van Gessel|
|2012||No Rookie of the Year|
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.
|2003||WA Diamond Jubilee||Kathy Macki|
|2004||Count cha-Ska||Shelley Dake|
|2006||JDakmaar Sharri/+||Charles Phillips|
|2007||Pro Caliber||Tali Sorenson|
|2008||Alada Kheanna||Julie Roe|
|2012||CH Shamm Bashire||Max Bernsdorf|
|2003||Over Brooks Image||Lisa Germann|
|2008||Over Brooks Image+/||Lisa Germann|
|2009||Brittany Rolsthedice||Lisa Germann|
|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 2018 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