RDA UK Awards


The extraordinary commitment of RDA Volunteers should be recognised and rewarded whenever possible.

You may have your own ways to reward the people who help your Group, but you might also like to have your volunteers recognised by RDA UK too.

The Volunteer of the Year Award, President’s Award, Over & Above Award and Long Service Awards are all a great way to say ‘thank you’.

RDA Annual Awards 2024 – deadline for nominations 5PM, Monday 12th February

Every year we recognise our dedicated participants, volunteers and horses, we present the awards at our National Championships in July.

Nominations are limited to 400 words, words over this will not be taken into account.

2024 Criteria

Online nomination forms:
Young Volunteer of the Year
Volunteer of the Year
RDAUK Volunteer of the Year
Participant of the Year
Horse/pony of the Year

RDA Awards 2024 Nomination Form

President’s Award – deadline for nominations 5PM, Monday 12th February 2024

The President’s Award is the most prestigious volunteer award within RDA and is awarded for service of an exceptional nature over a period of over 30 years.

All nominations need to be endorsed by your Regional Chair or a National Level Volunteer

Word nomination form

Over & Above Award

The Over and Above Award is designed to recognize volunteers who have gone beyond the call of duty and given something exceptional to the group.  This might be a brilliant idea, putting in extra hours at a difficult time or doing something really special.  This award is not limited by length of service.

Nominate Someone For an Over and Above Award

Long Service Awards

A great way to recognize the dedication and commitment of volunteers at your group is through one of our service awards.  We have certificates available in 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 40 years.

Order service awards for free through the Group Order website

Writing Citations

Some awards do require citations to be written, and getting started can often be a difficult first step. We’ve put some guidance together to help you write fantastic award citations.

Download Writing Citations Factsheet

Presidents Award Example Citations


Find out more about the YELA award for young volunteers here

Page Last Updated: June 26, 2024