Just yesterday, I received an email from CDS introducing the newest Rider Award, and oh boy, am I super psyched about it.
Since this is a CDS Award program, the scores need only be earned at CDS-rated shows, not necessarily at USDF shows. I've mentioned this before, but most CDS shows are also USDF-rated, but my local chapter of CDS, Tehachapi Mountain Chapter, hosts a four-show summer series that is only CDS-rated. Since it's not a USDF show, the judging is usually a tiny bit more generous than at a USDF-rated show.
This is going to provide a great opportunity for the riders in my area to earn scores for their Gem Rider Awards. Like I said, oh, heck yeah! I am so all over this award. Now I am even more motivated to get mine and Speedy's butts up to Second Level. We've got a lot of work to do this winter!