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for clinician Bill McMullin
USEF "R" Judge

    President's Message for January

    Happy New Year to you all!

    Solstice is past. Day by day, sunrise and sunset stretch the light. We really should count our blessings for living in New Mexico. When I lived in Oregon, being much farther north, the dark days were so long. Here we will soon be riding after 5 pm. Yes!

    A year ago, I was exhorting you to set goals for 2017. Did you? Did you actually write down what you hoped to accomplish in the coming months? Looking back, did you reach your goals? Some of them? The next important question, if you didn't, why not? Were the limiting factors things you could control...your time management? Your self-discipline? Taking on too many commitments? Or, did things happen that you didn't expect? What did you learn from all that occurred?

    Last January, I was bubbling with the possibility of riding at third level. I had come to possess a horse who knew way more than I did. Then - a peacock soaring unexpectedly over a fence causing the mare a nasty fall on the lunge line, a trashed hock, X-rays, long recovery, but never to work at third level again. That goal not accomplished. What did I learn? One, how fragile these beautiful creatures are. Two, I may not get to third level as soon as I'd hoped. But I won't stop trying. And neither should you!

    OK, one more time. With the year stretching ahead of you, write down what you want to achieve with your equine partner. Avoid those weenie words like "might" or "maybe" or "try". Positively state your intentions. No one else needs to know, so just put them down. Keep that written commitment somewhere only you will know. You have set the wheels of the universe in motion.

    On a more mundane note, our awards brunch and 2018 general membership meeting is looming. January 13th at the Uptown Marriot. You've probably received an invitation from Winnie. Teresa has accumulated some nifty raffle items, the food will be yummy, and the company most pleasant. Especially if you are there. Do join us to celebrate our 2017 Award winners, and the coming year of shows and clinics.

    My wish for each of you is the satisfaction of setting then reaching your 2018 goals. It is going to be an extraordinary year. Thank you for being part of this journey.

    Susan Reed,
    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

    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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