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    President's Message for August

    Greetings, all,

    I hope you are enjoying these long summer days. Where I live it's been too bloody hot to ride except in the mornings. I admire those who persevere in the afternoons, but that isn't for me. OK, so I'm a wimp. My old mares think afternoons spent dozing in the shade are just fine. We'll all make it through to cooler weather.

    So, if you haven't been riding in the afternoons, what have you been reading? There are so many good, useful books out there. I just finished When Two Spines Align. Definitely inspiring. Also in the stack are The Rider's Fitness Program and The Riding Doctor. I'm looking for ways, as many of us are, to keep my body at its riding best. We're not all in our 20's anymore (except for the juniors, of course).

    There are some enticing riding opportunities coming soon. Schooling show Chair, and Vice President Teresa Heine and long-time member Jayne Stewart are organizing an Intro to Musical Quadrille. Look for an e-mail invitation to NMDA members only for August 20th at Jayne's place in the North Valley. Riding quadrille is a kick. It's really good for green horses and all levels of riders. We're not the Spanish Riding School......yet.

    The schooling show we'd hoped to combine with the Los Alamos Pony club isn't going to happen. Maybe next year. There are, however, more possibilities for those anxious to compete. The Las Cruces Horsemen's Association is sponsoring a Western and classical dressage schooling show at Enchanted Horse Dressage in Caballo. That is scheduled for Saturday, September 2nd.

    The very next day, Sunday, September 3rd, NMDA is sponsoring a schooling show at Roy-El Morgans in Espanola. Going to both could involve a lot of time on the road, but I'll bet there will be some determined dressage riders who do that. Check the calendar page for entry particulars.

    Then comes October. Oh, my, we have some tantalizing happenings to attend. October 8th is our last NMDA schooling show of the year at Cherry Tree Farm. There will also be a tack sale/swap that day. We're inviting other horse groups to set up tables and sell. And, a beautiful, no joke, 17" Passier dressage saddle will be offered at a Silent Auction.

    October 21-23 will have Bill McMullin "R" judge, doing Ride/Re-reride clinics at Vista Sandia. (There's water there now.) There will be a pot-luck that evening at Jayne Stewart's place. The next two days are individual riding clinics in Algodones. Really, get your reservations in early, as the slots will fill up fast.

    The next weekend is the Freestyle clinic at Hippico in Santa Fe. Clinician is Cynthia Collins. Check out her website, lunatunesfreestyles.com. Make plans to audit at the very least. Yes, you do want to dance with your horse, and this is the person to help that become reality. Get in touch with Kathleen Martin, (kmartin05@msn.com) to get more information.

    By the way, you are always welcome to attend the NMDA board meetings. Occasionally we digress, but the interactions are consistently pleasant. Plus we welcome new ideas and perspectives. Check the calendar page for dates and times.

    So, get out and ride when it's cool. Appreciate the incremental progress you can make with your partner.

    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

    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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