President's Message for May
Still lots going on at NMDA! So far we have held 4 schooling shows with the fifth (of nine) coming up June 14 in Stanley, NM.
May 2-3 was the second year for the Pilates for Dressage® Clinic. It was again well attended and an enormous benefit for riders, auditors and those who did the mat class work. Janice Dulac is an amazing and caring instructor. We are looking forward to having her back next year, and perhaps a few mini clinics in between.
This month, May 23-24, is also the NMDS rated show, hope to see many of you there. Here is an inspiring article from the USDF Connection Magazine entitled "Building Blocks to Bronze" about beginning to achieve USDF Rider Medals. http://connection.epubxp.com/i/503481-may-2015/38. It certainly gave me hope when I read about other's paths to achieving this first medal.
Some exciting news! Anne Sparks, our Education Chair, is working on a Lisa Wilcox Clinic Series. The tentative dates are August 8-9 and September 12-13, 2015. So mark your calendars - this is a must see event! More info to come, so keep checking the website.
Did you know that most of the income to run NMDA comes from our schooling shows? That income pays for insurance, the awards banquet, clinic subsidies, arena trailer maintenance and much more. Individual membership dues cover: USDF GMO membership $20, text booklet and mailing costs $8 , and more of membership dues is used for mailing and copying costs for election ballots. Additional income comes from our business members/sponsors. Please support them when you can. Their companies are represented on the NMDA home page.
Recently the NMDA board has been looking at the role Western Dressage plays in our club. In April a committee was formed and a potential WD Chapter plan was drawn up. This plan will be kept in our records to be adopted when western dressage member numbers increase. Currently, there are not enough western dressage members to incorporate a chapter, but when there are, we will be ready. The Board also passed a motion at the May board meeting that "as in the past, western dressage classes will be offered at all NMDA schooling shows".
Speaking of schooling show classes, we also offer Eventing Classes and several Group Classes. Please consider an Equitation or In-hand class in addition to your regular riding classes at your next show, it can be a lot of fun. Plus we are offering a year end award for Junior Equitation this year. And keep checking the website for online registration for schooling shows and membership. We will be offering that option as well as the usual mail-in way.
See you at an event soon!