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Georgia Dressage & Combined Training Association


USEF/USDF Recognized Dressage Shows

GDCTA offers several USEF/USDF recognized shows during each competition season - from October 1st through September 30th annually. The majority of our dressage shows are held at the Georgia International Horse Park, location of the 1996 Summer Olympics, in Conyers, Georgia.

  • May - Greater Atlanta Dressage Southern I & II (2 shows), Conyers, GA
  • Sep - Labor Day Classic I & II (2 shows), Conyers, GA
  • Oct - Atlanta National Fall Dressage (1 show), Conyers, GA

GDCTA-Hosted Schooling Shows

A schooling show is one where the competition is not affiliated with any of the national organizations and is geared towards inexperienced riders and horses in preparation for more serious showing. Run, using the national rules as guidelines, you can think of these competitions as training, or practice shows. The majority of our schooling shows are held at Wills Park Equestrian Center in Alpharetta, Georgia or at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, Georgia.

  • Apr - GDCTA Spring Fling Schooling Show, Alpharetta, GA
  • Aug - GDCTA Summer Finals Schooling Show, Alpharetta, GA
  • Oct - GDCTA Fall Harvest Schooling Show (can alternate with a USEF/USDF show Atlanta National Fall Dressage), Conyers, GA

Find all of our competitions on the Events Calendar

GDCTA-Recognized Schooling Shows

If you are organizing a schooling show and wish to have it GDCTA Recognized (so GDCTA member-riders can use the scores towards GDCTA year-end awards), please review the information and specifications/guidelines we have provided here. For specific questions, email the show recognition: 

Carol Tresan (404) 786-4232 /

Awards Program

GDCTA recognizes all scores* received at any USEF/USDF recognized show or USEA Horse Trial in the USA are eligible for inclusion in our Awards Program.  All scores received at any GDCTA recognized schooling shows are also eligible for inclusion in our Awards Program*. 

*All scores must conform to the rules for that discipline.

Before you show, you may want to refresh your understanding of the Program Rules.

Since 2021, all scores earned at GDCTA-hosted shows will count twice toward year-end awards! 


Awards Gala - An annual celebration Of the year's award winners and GDCTA's largest fundraising event - an opportunity for all to mix, mingle, sparkle, and shine!

GDCTA holds an annual gala honoring GDCTA dressage and combined training competition winners. It begins with a cash bar reception, followed by dinner and an awards ceremony.

Additionally, attendees have the opportunity to take a chance in the Barn Basket Raffle and to bid on fabulous items in a silent auction. The annual Awards Gala is GDCTA’s major fundraising event with proceeds earmarked for clinics, shows, forums, and more. The Awards Gala is a great way for all members to show their support for the dressage and eventing community in Georgia.

Awards Gala Sponsorship


The Awards Gala is held annually in January at the Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta Hotel, Alpharetta, Georgia


Awards Categories for the GDCTA Winners:

  • Dressage – USEF Recognized Shows
  • Dressage – Schooling Shows
  • Combined Training – USEF Recognized Shows
  • Combined Training – Schooling Shows
  • Special Awards
  • GDCTA Rider Awards

Gala Donation Options:


Silent Auction:

Contributions may be product or service donations.

Barn Basket Raffle:

Themed baskets are donated and then raffled raffle the night of the gala. Baskets will be judged on Originality and Popularity.  Winners will each receive a $100 gift certificate to Atlanta Saddlery. 

Party Favors:

We often provide small party favors at each seat. We will have approximately 450 guests, however, we only ask for as many sample-sized products as you wish to send. We will mix and match at the tables.

Door Prizes:

We put together 15 door prize buckets filled with product. We make each one individually depending on which products are donated. We would also accept pre-made gift buckets.


Dear GDCTA Member,
In the tradition of Dressage at Devon and the Olympics, GDCTA is requesting your support for horse shows. GDCTA is always planning special shows with outstanding judges and at wonderful facilities. We need your to help us make these shows outstanding.
Still concerned if you can “do the job”?  GDCTA will train you. There will be job descriptions before the show and training sessions through the weekend. Each volunteer area will have experienced people available to assist you.
Please have your horse friends, their families and supporters, competitors and non-competitors consider this opportunity. The horse you open the entry gate for may be headed to the Olympics,  okay, maybe not, but it will still be fun and great horses will be there!
See you there,
GDCTA Board of Directors

You can learn more here.


Benefits of GDCTA Sponsorship

  • Affiliation with a long-standing equestrian organization, which promotes dressage and eventing in Georgia

  • Affiliation with Region 3 of the USDF and Area III of USEA

  • Bring your company’s services or products to the attention of our more than 800 members.

  • Increase your website’s traffic and link popularity with a link on

  • Distribute product samples or company information to the participants

The Georgia Dressage and Combined Training Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered with the State of Georgia. Most donations to the organization are tax-deductible — ask your tax advisor.



Caren Caverly




Marketing products and services through the GDCTA is very focused. The target audience uses the organization’s publications as current sources of information throughout the year.


Gain continuous exposure and name recognition with the combination of:

  • Monthly Newsletter (online)

  • Dressage Show Programs (printed)

  • Annual Yearbook (printed)

  • Awards Gala Program (printed)


Advertising Options

Vendors are welcome at all of our shows (and many of our other events, too!)

Vendor Space Options At the Georgia International Horse Park

Pricing varies so check the calendar to find the events that interest you. Register for your space on the specific event(s) you plan to attend calendar.

Outside Truck &Trailer Location:

  • Roadside location for trucks/trailers only

  • Roadway adjacent to Arenas 5, 6, 7 and by Barn 1

  • Roadway on either side of covered arena


Inside Vendor & Exhibitor Building:

  • 12 x 12 spaces available

  • Climate Controlled

  • Locked at Night

  • Electrical drop additional charge

  • Located near: Videographer, Photographer, USDF Awards, Ribbons, Tests and Scores


Art Show Space:

  • Designated space for art vendors


Vendor Tents:

  • Located adjacent to the show office and inside the vendor building

  • 10’ x 10' spaces

  • Must supply own tent

  • No electricity included


Outside Arena Table Top:

  • 8’ table top

  • No electrical drop available


Courtyard Trailer Parking:

  • Located in courtyard centered in main barn area

    • Adjacent to shavings ordering location

Electricity is extra~

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