USDF Statement on
President's Message for February (and maybe March)
Thank you to all who attended last month's banquet brunch and annual general membership
meeting. One of the biggest responses in the meeting portion was to see an increase in membership
numbers for 2018.
In an attempt to make that happen our first schooling show of the year will be waiving
the non-member fee on the entry forms! It will be held on Sunday, March 25th
at the Edgewood Equestrian Center so be sure to keep updated on our calendar. Another new coming attraction for
this year will be hosting our first ever USDF/USEF recognized show in conjunction with the Arabian Horse
Association of New Mexico's Zia Show and AHA Region 8 Championships at Expo NM in May.
The Board is still in search of a Treasurer for the 2018 term. We encourage any & all who would like to
contribute to making this GMO more efficient by also including a one year membership to NMDA; or, if
you are already a member then a free membership for the next year to come. This club simply cannot
function without the help and support of its members so consider getting to know your this community by
volunteering and there are various ways to contribute; not just at shows.
The Year End Awards have again also been revised for the upcoming show year so don't miss out for next year's banquet. One can
always inquire to ask us "How can I complete required hours?"
Also be on the lookout for edits and revisions again to the Standing Rules. The Board eagerly works to improve our regulations to what can
benefit dressage enthusiasts around the state.
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.
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.