USDF Statement on
President's Message for May and June
So it looks as if the April winds blew out my presidential message yet now we are landing back on the ground this month. Here's what has been going on since. Our first show of the season in Edgewood
was pleasant, enjoyed, and well attended. Afterwards the club membership officially exceeded it's
numbers from last year. April's show at Cherry Tree Farms had a completely filled day full of rides. I
heard rumor that unfortunately some later entries had to be turned away. On another fortune, the club is
seeing youth competitors "spring" back up, as is the season, so "hear hear" to encouraging more activity and
participation to the young equestrian enthusiasts. So May has our very first USDF Recognized show
which is in conjunction with NM Arabian Horse club's Zia show as well as AHA Region 8 Off Site
Championship. Then the week after that there is the Janice Dulak Pilates clinic back at CTF which has
been highly attended and informative from the previous years. When June rolls around, we are excited to
be working with the X Games Series hosted at Goose Down Farms in Galisteo so be on the lookout for
further information to come. If you are a member then you receive more up to date details in our Email
blasts so be sure to keep a look out.
It's about halfway through the term but it's never too early to consider nominations for next years
officials. One can ask themselves, "what can dressage do for me?" and the response is unlimited, yet, all
of us throughout the years have noticed a dwindling in this discipline just as comparable to, let's say,
Theatre. So in the giving spirits consider the thought, "what can I do for dressage?"
From there I will would tweak to read, "what can I do for NMDA" and "What can NMDA do for me?"
because it's the same dang thing.
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
- Can substitute one (1) score from a non-NMDA show in New Mexico
- Voluntary, Member-initiated Award submittal process
- 4-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: 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.