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    The Show Schedule is Posted

    President's Message for April

    Happy April to you all. (y'all? But I'm from Oregon.) I trust you are taking advantage of these longer days - more time to work on the subtleties that make dressage so challenging, and satisfying when you and your partner master them.

    Our first schooling show is history. Teresa Heine was extraordinary as show manager, especially since this was her first time managing. She co-ordinated with the Paseo del Norte Dressage Association, did all the arranging for procuring and keeping the judge happy, scheduled ride times, made sure the volunteer positions were covered, and showed two horses. The show made over $200 for NMDA, same for PDNA. Thank you, Teresa! Wonderfully done!

    Your next opportunity for feedback is the April 23rd schooling show at Bosque Farms Rodeo Arena. Teresa is managing this one, too. Entries should be sent to Winnie Fitch, 5309 Norte Vista, Albuquerque, NM 87114. They must be postmarked by APRIL 14TH. That's a Friday, folks, so put it on your calendar.

    For those looking for ways to get your volunteer hours in, consider being a runner at the show, or helping to set up or take down the arena. Those are just three of the ways you can accrue hours. Look on the Standing Rules page that talks about volunteers for a list of lots of ways to get those hours in. Helping can translate indirectly into money. Mini-grants can help you pay for clinics or NMDA classes you want to enter. And, if you want to compete for the end-of-the-year Championship awards, you will also need to put in some volunteer hours. Hey, it's not hard to spend time helping with lots of nice people who share your passion. Do keep track of your time on the Volunteer Hours form. It's on-line, too.

    Due to a conflict, the braiding clinic at Cherry Tree will be postponed. We all have complicated lives. (Sigh) Gina McKay is working on another time and place. Keep checking the calendar page.

    Don't forget the Beth Baumert clinics are just a month away. Even if you can't ride, you can learn a whole lot of valuable information by auditing. Check with Kathleen Marten. Her contact information is on the Calendar page flyer.

    I received a notice from Jamie Philpott of Watermelon Mountain Pony .Club. They are offering open dressage classes on May 6th at Expo NM. Check the Calendar page for more information.

    Anyone out there interested in riding to music? It can be done solo, but is a lot of fun in a group. I have a CD called Hooked on Classics. It would make classical music purists cringe, but the Jazzercize orientation fits trotting cadences perfectly. Let's get together someday soon and play!

    How are you coming toward accomplishing the goal(s) you set last month? For me, it's a small step at a time. The mare I have acquired knows more than I do, and is perfectly happy to feign ignorance unless I ask her just right. We're learning together.

    I hope to see you at the Bosque Farms show!

    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.

The NMDA Education Fund

"L" Judges in New Mexico

Grant Information
The Dressage Foundation

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