President's Message for March
Its time to kick off the show season! NMDA hosts its first schooling show at Cherry Tree Farm in Albuquerque on March 15. Our second schooling show is at Enchantment Dressage in Caballo, New Mexico on the 29th (nmdressage.net/sshowinfo.html) . We have 9 schooling shows planned this year - go to our calendar for planning shows and clinics.
This month we hold our annual General Membership Meeting/Pizza Party on March 21 at Horses Unlimited (nmdressage.net/GMM.pdf ). The dvd USDF 2015 On the Levels will be available for viewing. This excellent dvd features the new tests and includes training tips and suggestions on how to ride your test better. This is also a good time to lend your voice about what you'd like to see happen with the club. We welcome your feedback!
All 2014 year end award prizes will be available for picking up at the General Membership Meeting on March 21. If you did not attend the Banquet or arrange for someone to pick up your prize for you, please arrange to do so at the meeting. We want to see that you get your prize.
Now is the time to begin thinking about year end awards. Remember to keep checking the web site early and often for preliminary standings - click on the little blue ribbon on the left side of the home page. Keep in mind that to qualify for NMDA year end awards: 1. both owner and rider need to be members of NMDA, 2. you must have scores from at least 3 different shows (either schooling or rated), and 3. two of those scores need to be from the highest test of the level. We also have a new category of Junior Equitation this year. These are just three of the rules for qualifying, you can find all the rules for year end qualifications by clicking on nmdressage.net/Standingrules.htm, Part 2 - Rules of the Association.
We have begun the process of updating NMDA Bylaws. You will be receiving a notice via US mail soon notifying you of this process and asking for your recommendations. Please let us know of any suggestions you may have regarding these updates. We will wait a bit to hear back from the members, then update the Bylaws and send the changes out to you in a second mailing. Next we will offer the changes up for voting at an additional General Membership Meeting - probably during one of the upcoming rated shows. You can view the current Bylaws at nmdressage.net/bylaws.pdf. Two mailings are expensive and time consuming but we must follow the current Amendment policy (Article XI).
There is a lot going on this year and we may continue to add events. Please keep checking the calendar . Hope to see you soon!