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    Happy Thanksgiving!


    The deadline for submitting 2017 volunteer hours NMDA Education Fund "Mini" Grant Application is November 30. Please download an application & send it to Dawn Foster. Once your application has been submitted, the mini grants are good for 2 years. For more information, contact Dawn Foster 505-404-8394, or dawnfoster84@comcast.net.

    More info on voting for secretary, treasurer, and member-at-large for NMDS's 2018 Board of Directors:

    Our current and very capable treasurer, Winnie Fitch, is stepping down to have more personal time. She will continue as membership chair. Thank you for your great service, Winnie.

    If you, or someone you might nominate, could take on the treasurer's duties, please call Susan Reed, president, to have the name entered on the ballot. It requires only a few hours a month and attendance at monthly meetings.

    There is also an elected position on the Board for a "member-at-large." Anyone 18 and over can serve.

    The current board is passionate about the organization, hard-working, and fun. It has accomplished a lot this year and wishes to keep the momentum going.

    Please step up if you too are a fan of NMDA and dressage education and would be willing to serve this community and greater New Mexico in the exciting world of dressage.

    Look for mailed ballots and membership forms soon.

    Kathleen Martin, secretary

    Save the Date for our Awards Banquet/Brunch at the Albuquerque Marriott on Saturday, January 13th starting at 11 am.
    More information to follow.

    President's Message for November

    Greetings, all,

    Cranes are flying, horses are getting furry, and these days are so clear and beautiful. I hope you've all been taking advantage of the time to ride. Daylight Savings Time ends Saturday... grrr. The early darkness makes it hard for students and people who work to tide. I remember.

    Our last schooling show is November 12th at Cherry Tree Farm. You must get your entries to Winnie by the 6th. That's soon. The beautiful Passier saddle and the headstall with "bling" will be auctioned that day, too. Do join us for a lovely finale to our 2017 show season.

    Our by-laws require a general membership meeting once a year. That will be November 19th, at the Raymond G. Sanchez Community Center on north 4th street from 2 to 4 pm. But, this will not be a usual membership meeting. Teresa Heine has arranged for Eric Salazar, belly dancer and teacher, to show us exercises that will improve our riding - posture, core strengthening, looser hips. Do come and have some fun learning to move in new ways. After the dance part, we will have some time to talk and decide what directions we'd like for the club to go in 2018. Wear loose, comfortable clothes and learn some moves!

    We still need someone to be our treasurer. Winnie Fitch has been doing double duty as Treasurer and Membership chairs. She's arranged much of what needs to be done in the coming year, bless her. It would only be an hour or two per month, plus attendance at the board meeting once a month. Please, please consider stepping up. You'll have lots of help, and it's not scary. Really.

    Look for the membership application and the ballot for electing a Secretary and Treasurer (I hope) in your mail shortly. Please get these returned as soon as you can. Winnie needs to get the membership lists to USDF by December 1st, or we have to pay a penalty.

    We have so much to be grateful for here in New Mexico; stunningly gorgeous weather, good hay suppliers, overall good people to connect with about our passions, our horses. Horse people in the hurricane-damaged areas have struggled, and may still be struggling, to take care of their animals and get back to some semblance of normalcy. Send them your positive energy, and be thankful for what we have here this Thanksgiving season.

    I hope to see you at the schooling show, and at our extraordinary general membership meeting.

    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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