Honors and Awards

In recognition of performance, service and sportsmanship IDA is pleased to award several perpetual trophies and special honors each year.

The Beukema National Team Championship Trophy

The coveted bronze, Beukema National Team Championship Trophy designed by Trotting Horse Park is awarded each year to the highest placing team. Teams are honored to have their names inscribed on the mahogany base topped with its statuesque horse in piaffe, the essence of balance and collection. Previous winners are:

  • 2019 Otterbein University
  • 2018 Emory and Henry College
  • 2017 Averett University
  • 2016 Emory and Henry College
  • 2015 Emory and Henry College
  • 2014 Virginia Intermont College
  • 2013 Mount Holyoke College
  • 2012 Johnson & Wales University
  • 2011 Lake Erie College
  • 2010 Virginia Intermont College
  • 2009 University of New Hampshire
  • 2008 Mount Holyoke College
  • 2007 Virginia Intermont College
  • 2006 Virginia Intermont College
  • 2005 Lake Erie College
  • 2004 Mount Holyoke College
  • 2003 Mount Holyoke College
  • 2002 Mount Holyoke College

Mary Beth McLain Memorial Trophy for Introductory Champion

The Mary Beth McLain Perpetual Trophy is awarded in the honor of Mary Beth McLain, a renowned dressage rider who won numerous prestigious horse riding events throughout her career.  Mary Beth became involved in intercollegiate dressage while working with the St. Andrews Presbyterian College Equestrian Program. In memory of her many contributions to St. Andrews Intercollegiate Dressage team, her skills in both riding and teaching and her generosity of spirit, we present the Mary Beth McLain Perpetual Trophy to the champion Individual Introductory Level rider.

  • 2019 Katie Kelley, University of New Hampshire
  • 2018 Delaney Dunne, Emory & Henry College
  • 2017 Megan Leclerc, University of Otterbein
  • 2016 Sierra Davenport, Emory & Henry College
  • 2015 Meagan Rosenberg, Wake Forest University 
  • 2014 Kelly Barnes, Virginia Intermont College
  • 2013 Randall Wiseman, Delaware Valley College
  • 2012 Bree Greer, California Polytechnic State University
  • 2011 Sara Edmunson, University of Florida
  • 2010 Averi Frederiksen, Virginia Intermont College
  • 2008 Krista Hayes, Virginia Intermont College
  • 2009 Colleen Grant, Otterbein College
  • 2007 Emily Maus, Mount Holyoke College
  • 2006 Janne Matzner-Gore, Mount Holyoke College

The Mika McKinney Memorial Trophy

Mika McKinney redefined sportsmanship through her resiliency and grit in the face of extreme challenges. Throughout her diagnosis, treatment, and battle with cancer, she led the Mount Holyoke Dressage team with boldness and composure that instilled confidence in her teammates. Mika encouraged and inspired others to be the best riders they could be. During practices and at shows, Mika was known for coaching her teammates from the saddle - all while making whatever horse she was sitting on go better than anyone else could. 


Traveling back and forth from Boston each week for treatment, Mika made time to fulfill her captain requirements and took immense pride in leading the Mount Holyoke Dressage Team to a Reserve National Championship in 2017. Mika was able to look beyond competitive lines and create friendships across teams. The impact of her bubbly personality and sportsmanship was evident by how the entire region rallied for Mika after her diagnosis, with yellow ribbons and “Ride for Mika” posters that overwhelmed IDA Region B regionals in 2017. 


Mika's sportsmanship extended outside the IDA. She dreamed of being an Olympic rider and immediately modified that goal to the para-Olympics after losing her leg. Through that process, she built a community within the para-equestrian community with mentors and supporters who helped her return to riding. Mika was a true ambassador of the sport, showing incredible perseverance, embodying the competitive spirit of an athlete, and serving as inspiration to thousands of other riders. 


Mika's spirit lives on within the IDA – through the drive each competitor channels when riding down the centerline, the yellow ribbons that are still pinned to coat lapels, and the bonds that still exist between teams.

The Hoffman Reserve National Team Championship Trophy

The Reserve National Team Champion is awarded a trophy in honor of Michelle Hoffman, who was a student at Mt. Holyoke and the originator of the IDA concept. The lovely mixed media trophy is designed by Geoff Herguth.

  • 2019 Averett University
  • 2018 Otterbein University
  • 2017 Mount Holyoke College
  • 2016 Averett University
  • 2015 Virginia Tech
  • 2014 Otterbein University
  • 2013 Johnson & Wales University
  • 2012 University of Findlay
  • 2011 Delaware Valley College
  • 2010 University of Florida
  • 2009 Virginia Intermont College
  • 2008 University of Massachusetts/Amherst

Trip Harting Memorial Trophy for First Level Champion

Trip Harting is remembered as one of the leading judges in the world of dressage. Harting was honored by the USPC as a “living legend” and was admired for his support of youth equestrian education and competition. He was known for his friendliness to the competitors, always saying, "I hope you have a great ride" before each competitor entered the ring and, "Thank you very much" at the end. Trip Harting judged the IDA National Championships in 2005 at Lake Erie College, and 2006 at St. Andrews, and was one of IDA’s most prominent supporters.  Trip passed away, August 21, 2008 at the age of 62. It is in his memory that we present the Trip Harting Memorial Trophy to the First Level Individual Champion.

  • 2019 Melissa Lempicki, Bridgewater College
  • 2018 Ali Gilmore, University of Maine
  • 2017 Meghan Watt, University of Florida
  • 2016 Samantha Majors, North Carolina State University
  • 2015 Kelsie Bricker, Otterbein University
  • 2014 Natasha Sprengers-Levine, University of Vermont
  • 2013 Julie McNelis, Johnson & Wales University
  • 2012 Anna Beckman, Otterbein University
  • 2011 Caroline Fenkel, Delaware Valley College
  • 2010 Jessica Forend, Johnson & Wales University
  • 2009 Greg Schmid, Otterbein University

IDA Hall of Fame

The IDA Hall of Fame Award recognizes outstanding service in an administrative capacity to the functioning of the association.  Without hours of volunteerism, IDA could not function in its daily operations as a 501c3 organization on both the national and regional level.  We honor an outstanding individual each year and present them with a plaque. Thank you to all who serve.

  • 2019 Kim Beaudoin, IDA Board Memeber
  • 2018 Leslie Hoover, IDA Board Member
  • 2017 Crystal Taylor, Johnson & Wales University
  • 2016 Ginger Henderson, Averett University, IDA Board Member
  • 2015 Kari Briggs, Otterbein University, IDA Board Member
  • 2014 Teresa McDonald, Virginia Tech, IDA Founding Member  (posthumous)
  • 2013 Suzanne Mente, IDA Board Member
  • 2012 Sarah Simms, Centenary College
  • 2011 Bridgette Boland, University of Florida
  • 2010 Rebecca Schurink, Mount Holyoke College
  • 2009 Lisa Moosmueller-Terry, Virginia Intermont College
  • 2008 Michelle Hoffman, IDA Founder
  • 2007 Jackie Dwelle, St. Andrews Presbyterian College
  • 2006 Beth Beukema, Johnson & Wales University
  • 2005 Lanier Cordell, IDA Founding Member

Coach of the Year

The IDA Coach of the Year Award honors an individual who represents the ideals of sportsmanship, achievement and dedication to their team and region.  The coaches are the backbone of IDA and represent the heart of the organization. We honor outstanding service and contribution to the IDA through the Coach of the Year Award.

    • 2019 Courtney Monarch, Miami University
    • 2018 Sarah Simms, Centenary University
    • 2017 Lynae Ormsby, UC Davis
    • 2016 Ann Fowler, Cazenovia College
    • 2015 Breann DePietro, Delaware Valley College
    • 2014 Kari Briggs, Otterbein University
    • 2013 Crystal Taylor, Johnson & Wales University
    • 2012 Bonnie Timmerman, University of Vermont
    • 2011 Ginger Henderson, Averett University
    • 2010 Suzanne Mente, University of Massachusetts
    • 2009 Teresa McDonald, Virginia Tech
    • 2008 Lisa Moosmueller-Terry, Virginia Intermont College
    • 2007 Rebecca Schurink, Mount Holyoke College
    • 2006 Sarah Marchese, Centenary College
    • 2005 Jackie Dwelle, St. Andrews Presbyterian College

    Team Sportsmanship Award

    Each region may nominate one team per year for the Team Sportsmanship Award.  The team represents the ideals of sportsmanship, achievement, and dedication to IDA.  Team leadership, initiative and service are honored through this award.

    • 2019 Bridgewater College
    • 2016 University of Massachusetts
    • 2015 Midway College
    • 2014 Post University
    • 2013 Miami University of Ohio
    • 2012 University of Maine
    • 2011 Otterbein University
    • 2010 Lenoir Rhyne and Appalachian State Universities
    • 2009 University of Findlay
    • 2008 North Carolina State University
    • 2007 University of Vermont
    • 2006 Elon University
    • 2005 University of Connecticu

    Malloot Trophy for Most Valuable Horse:


    • 2019 Kermit, Otterbein University
    • 2018 D'artagnan, Lake Erie College