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President's Message for August
Seems like things have finally wound down a tiny bit. Now we are gearing up for the fall with schooling shows, the final recognized show and the Melonie Kessler clinic (next month).
Melonie is an S judge and a popular clinician. You can read her "Training Gems" from the clinic she presented last year for us on the Education Page
(http://nmdressage.net/gems.html). This year she will judge a Ride-Reride Clinic on Saturday, September 20, then give a Training Clinic on Sunday, September 21. A Ride-Reride Clinic is similar to a schooling show but each rider will ride their test twice. After the first ride Melonie will coach each rider on ways to improve their test, then the rider will get to ride the test again. Both tests will be judged and scored (but only the first test will count towards year end awards). This is an excellent opportunity to get direct feedback from a highly qualified S judge, the highest dressage judge that USEF licenses.
On Sunday Melonie will conduct a general training clinic. The rider's who rode with her last year were very happy with the results and many are excited to ride with her again. What a great opportunity for us to clinic with someone with such expert credentials! NMDA will underwrite some of the costs so this will be a very reasonable weekend financially - go to the Flyer and
Registration Form on this website for more information.
This clinic will be held at Horses Unlimited. It is a privilege to ride at a such a beautiful facility - huge luxurious stalls, ample parking, club room, covered arena and excellent footing.
You can read even more about Melonie at her website www.meloniekesslerdressage.com and her
At the July NMDA Board Meeting there was a vote and two changes for the Year End Awards Qualifications were made. These changes will not affect this year's scores but will take effect January 1, 2015.
- To qualify, riders must have scores from at least 3 different shows. They may use their highest scores and two of those scores must be from the highest test of the level that they are riding (Test 3). The other score may be from either Test 1 or Test 2. In previous years (and currently awards from 2014), the requirement was that riders only needed one Test 3. Again, this will not affect this year's awards.
- A horse-rider combination at one level may only win a year-end championship one time. (This combination becomes ineligible after winning a year-end champion at a level for the following year.) This change too also begins with the 2015 season.
You've probably heard that the Pilates for Dressage® Clinic with Janice Dulak was a big success. The participants are anxious to have another and we hope to get Janice back in early Spring of 2015. Many of you also said you would like a combination clinic with Janice and Sarah Martin, which we are hoping to follow up with in the Summer.
One more thing. We will need volunteers for the Melonie Kessler weekend. Some of the slots we need filled are: Co-manager, Hopitality: (drive Melonie to and from the facility from her hotel near the airport), check in participants and auditors, help serve lunch, manage Gate, Runner for Saturday, Scribe for Saturday, Scorers for Saturday. Please contact me (see contact info below) if you can help with any of these slots. You will receive vouchers (good for 2 years towards raffle tickets and education events) and you will have a lot of fun mingling and meeting with horsey friends!
See you soon!