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    President's Message for April

    It was so good to see many of you at the April 2 Schooling Show at Bosque Farms Rodeo Arena. We had lovely weather and a wonderful turnout. We were so lucky to have Renee Johnson, USDF R Judge, as our judge for the show and clinician the following day. Nance, McMannus did an excellent job of managing both events for us.

    Our next event is the Pilates for Dressage® Clinic on May 6,7,8 & 9. This is our third year for this event and looks to be the biggest yet! Friday night kicks off with a lecture and potluck dinner. There will be two full days of mat class and mounted lessons followed a short day on Monday with additional lessons. Rider slots are nearly full but there are still openings for mat-class-only participants and auditors. See the flyer for more information and click here to register. This is an excellent seat & position clinic for ALL levels of riders.

    Speaking of seat and position, The Dressage Foundation has a new article "The Power of the Seat". You may sign up for free to receive additional articles via your email at www.dressagefoundation.org/op-ed/.

    One final note; sadly, Ethel Ortenburger, one of the founding members of our club and long time dressage supporter, has died. Some of you may remember Ethel as a board member and an enthusiastic manager of many club events. She will be missed and remembered. There will be a Celebration of Life in memory of Ethel on April 23 at 2 pm at the UNM Law Center.

    See you at an NMDA event soon.


    Check out the "Whats New" page. There is information on a new electronic publication being developed by USDF

    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.

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