Man plans and God laughs.
A USDF Bronze Medal Rider Award is not out of reach for a dedicated amateur. From what very little I understand of the higher levels of dressage – i.e. anything above First – I might have to engage in dressage-specific activities to finish off the Third level scores. Until then, I can get started as an adjunct to eventing dressage. The rules [link to PDF] do not require one to go to specific competitions, to beat fancy Warmbloods, nor to achieve the scores in a given time frame.
I have mentioned this goal previously:
A USDF Bronze Medal
Making God laugh is not necessarily bad. I posted the above three years ago in March. My first saddle seat lesson was September of that year [Ears]. Goals are good. Amazing new things you never expected? Also good.
Any USDF medalists care to weigh in on feasibility?