The activities for 2017 are posted on the Calendar & Schooling Show pages
Pictures from the 2016 Awards Banquet are posted on the Pictures page
President's Message for March
A young riding friend of mine calls the weather here bi-polar. She may be right.
We can hope March brings a more settled weather pattern. We need to ride!
Our first 2017 NMDA activity, the de-spooking clinic for juniors, with the Albuquerque Mounted Police Patrol on March 11th, had to be postponed. The clinician had some health issues. Youth Chair Gina McKay,being the persevering person that she is, will organize another clinic at a later date, maybe late May or early June.
March 25th will be our first schooling show of the season down at Caballo, NM. NMDA is co-sponsoring the show with Paseo del Norte Dressage Society. The judge, Eleanor Stine-Masek is a USEF "S" judge, and a large R in Western Dressage. Here is a chance to get some really good feedback on you and your partner's presentation. There is some stabling available, but check with Enchanted Horse Dressage for specifics. Contact information is on the Calendar page.
The Arabian Horse Association of New Mexico is presenting a ride-reride clinic on March 17th at Expo New Mexico. The following day there will be Open and Arabian dressage classes. Check their website if you're interested.
So, have you decided what your dressage goals will be for 2017? It helps to write them down, a commitment by you for you. Or tell them to your best riding buddy. No "I might..." or "I'm gonna try to...". As Yoda said, "There is no try. There is do or not do." I'm going to ride at 3rd level this year. What are you going to do? OK, let's go!
2017 NMDA President
NMDA's Year-End Awards program is changing - here's how!
- Year-End Awards for NMDA-sponsored Schooling Shows/Ride Re-Ride clinic scores only - no more Awards for Recognized Shows - sorry
- Voluntary, Member-initiated Award submittal process
- 8-hour volunteer requirement - go here for tons of volunteer opportunities!
- Just two quick forms to be filled out - available on the NMDA website for downloading
- Don't forget to make sure you get the judge's signature on your test cover sheet! Copies of test cover sheets must accompany your Award submittal!
- Send Awards submittal "package" to NMDA Awards Coordinator (noted on forms) - must be postmarked by Nov 15
- Starting in 2017, it's a surprise!! No more web posting of standings - Year-End Awards will be announced at Annual Awards Banquet!
- See new Standing Rules for more details!
New Mexico Dressage Association is a nonprofit organization incorporated under the laws of New Mexico. NMDA is also a Group Member Organization of USDF. The organization's purpose is to promote the understanding of dressage and to develop skill and excellence in its use, as well as to encourage, promote and conduct exhibitions, shows, clinics and other events by which interested people may develop their potential as riders and train their horses to the extent of their capabilities. Privileges of membership include but are not limited to participation in the organization's activities and receiving the Test Book. Members also become group members of USDF.
NMDA is now an IRS 501(c)(3) public charity! So any contribution - cash/check, show/educational activity sponsorship, or material donation - is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law! Your contribution/sponsorship allows NMDA to keep entry/participation costs for educational activities and shows lower for members and the general public....all in the name of learning more about dressage! Please send monetary donations to
PO Box 68035
Alb., NM 87193
For all other contribution types, please contact the NMDA President. Thank you!
|NMDA Education Fund "Mini" Grant Application is now available. These small grants are easy to apply for, open to any age of member or nonmember, and can be applied towards NMDA educational events. |
The requirements are an interest in furthering dressage education with NMDA, a certain amount of volunteer hours, and submittal of application. Grants are good for 2 years. Click below for application & more information.