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!
NMDA's Year-End Awards program is changing - here's how!
The NMDA Education Fund
"L" Judges in New Mexico
The Dressage Foundation