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    President's Message for June

    Greetings,

    Here we are in June, halfway through 2017. Is it just me, or do your days seem to evaporate as well? Better busy than bored, for sure.

    DJ and John Collins' Cherry Tree Farm was an active place last month, as many of you are aware. The Beth Baumert clinic there was well attended, and full of training gems. Until I tried shoulder fore consistently on my mare, I had no idea how effective it was. Well worth the auditors' fee. Then the schooling show followed. Another full schedule with both classic and Western dressage riders. Always a pleasant venue. Our thanks to DJ for managing. Well done.

    Winnie Fitch, treasurer and membership chair, and Teresa Heine, vice president and schooling show chair, took a road trip up to Trinity Ranch near Lamy. That will be the site for the up-coming schooling show on June 11th. Both came back remarking on the lovely facility.

    A quick reminder, if you plan to show in the June 11th show, you must get your entries in, post marked by June 3rd, and received by June 6th. Send them to Teresa Heine. Her contact information is on the schooling show page.

    In the "best laid plans" department, the school master (mistress?) I had acquired to work on 3rd level movements had a miserable accident last month. The neighborhood peacocks flew in unexpectedly, she blew up, fell and trashed her left hock. X-rays, meds, and lots of cold water hosing later, my vet determined that she may be sound enough for ditch rides at a walk, but never again do flying changes or canter half-passes. I did get to experience those movements before she fell. Wow. Such fun. So, Plan B. I'll set aside my 3rd level dreams for now, and work on getting Abby to 2nd level. Patience and perseverance, right?

    If you went up to Santa Fe to the Dances With Horses I and II last weekend, you got to see Prix St. Georges tests and musical Freestyle. Inspiring! We can all work toward those dances.

    My heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers and riders who keep making our schooling shows successes! We learn and we love, remember?

    Be well, and ride well.

    Susan Reed,
    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.

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    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

    NMDA
    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.






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