President's Message for February
This winter weather has certainly made riding our horses challenging! Hope you are all getting at least some riding done. Its time to get those horses ready for all the upcoming events NMDA has planned!
The first event is our Youth Meet & Greet on Feb. 27, nmdressage.net/FebM&G.pdf . We are hoping this will be the first of many Youth Rider events this year.
We follow up with the first Schooling Show on March 6 at Cherry Tree Farm, nmdressage.net/sshowinfo.html#CTF, then another Schooling Show on April 2 and companion clinic (April 3) with R judge Carolyn Lindholm, nmdressage.net/CLFlyer.pdf.
And its not too early to make plans for attending the Pilates for Dressage® Clinic on May 7-8. More info to come soon. Make sure to check the calendar page http://nmdressage.net/calendar.html often as we and NMDA members may be adding events.
The first event of the year, the annual Member Appreciation and Awards Banquet happened on January 23. It was a lot of fun with great people and yummy food. We plan to use the same venue, Veterans Memorial Building, and caterer, City Treats, next year. You can see photos at awardpics.html. I know it is a long way off, but consider attending next year as this is for ALL our members.
I am happy to announce that we have a new Membership Chair, Winnie Fitch! This is an important and time consuming job and we are all very grateful to her. She will be the person to process all NMDA memberships and answer any questions you might have about membership.
Speaking of membership, if you haven't sent yours in for 2016 please do so. Here's the link: nmdressage.net/mform.html.
One last thing, The Dressage Foundation is offering a free email training program. Go to www.dressagefoundation.org/op-ed/ to learn more & sign up for it. A great way to receive professional and helpful training advice.
OK, time to brave the cold and go out to ride my horse. Hope to see you at a NMDA event soon!
Final Award Standings, 2015
The NMDA Education Fund
"L" Judges in New Mexico
The Dressage Foundation