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to everyone who helped
with the Beth Baumert Clinics

    President's Message for July

    Happy July to all of you.

    Given all the social and political turmoil of these times, aren't you glad you have your horse(s) to escape to? The kindness and trust, the gentle expressions of connection, even the smell of their breath makes the chaos recede to manageable levels. My horses, my therapists.

    A continuing theme of this year has been learning. There are more opportunities coming your way. If you've checked the calendar page recently, you've noticed the de-spooking clinic will be on July 15th. It's oriented toward Junior riders, who participate for free, but grown-up auditors are welcome, too. Those police patrol horses have to be truly bomb-proof, and finding how they get trained to be that way will be very useful. Call Gina McKay, 505-410-2563, to sign up.

    August has two enticing clinics on the calendar, Danica Langenstein and Jennifer Marchand. Here are more opportunities to learn from experts.

    Emily Keene, from Trinity Ranch where we held our last schooling show, is interested in hosting some Sunday, interactive, problem-solving get-togethers. Trinity Ranch is a lovely venue, and not far away, unless you're from Las Cruces or points south. Emily has a strong interest in biomechanics of horse and rider. Ah, another opportunity for learning. Keep checking the Calendar page.

    Our schooling show Energizer bunny, Teresa Heine, is still at it. She has a schooling show in Espanola confirmed for September 3rd. And she is working on finalizing an early August schooling show up in Los Alamos. It would be combined with their Pony Club. It is so nice to show up there where it is 10 to 15 degrees cooler. Watch the Calendar page for entry information.

    This fall, the best time in New Mexico in my opinion, will have two really outstanding clinics, Bill McMullin in the Albuquerque area, and a Free-style clinic at Hippico. You really would love to dance with your horse, wouldn't you? Our thanks to clinic organizers Dawn Foster and Kathleen Martin for their efforts. Look for participation information on the Calendar page. Am I sounding sort of repetitive? Hope not.

    So, ride early, and thank your equine partner for keeping you mentally and spiritually centered.

    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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