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Youth Resources

Gina McKay, Youth Chair

Welcome to the NMDA Youth Resources page! Here you will find valuable information tailored specifically to you, our Youth members. We will be adding more links, articles, photos and information as we get this thing going, so keep checking back for new content! If you have any questions, comments or criticisms, if there is something you'd like to see that isn't here, or if you have an idea for how we can better serve our Youth members, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Education Program Fund

You can contribute financially to give fellow Dressage enthusiasts an opportunity to pursue their Dressage dreams. Simply note your donation on the NMDA Membership application form and include it in your renewal payment.

Feel free to make a donation anytime to the Fund. No amount is too small and all donations are appreciated.

Click here to see our scholarship recipients

NMDA Youth Meet & Greet

On February 27 NMDA held a Youth Meet & Greet at Vista Sandia Equestrian Park in Albuquerque, NM. There were 9 Youths, lots of family members and volunteers in attendance. The weather was beautiful and everyone had lots of fun.

After introductions the kids participated in dressage themed exercises and games. There was an Obstacle Course (performed both in-hand and mounted), a Walking Race, Musical Letters (like musical chairs but on horseback & dressage themed), Simon Says (using dressage commands of course) and a Walking Relay Race (including a 10 meter circle at B & E).

Later, tired horses were put up and everyone enjoyed pizza and a discussion about ideas for youth events for NMDA's 2016 year.

Five of the youth present volunteered to serve on the Youth Events Activity Committee. NMDA looks forward to having a Youth Program driven by its younger members in 2016!

Many thanks to the volunteers and family members who helped set up/take down the arena and assisted with the exercises!



www.usef.org/_IFrames/Youth/highschool/highschool.aspx. You don't have to be a record-setting quarterback, point guard or track star to letter in high school sports anymore. The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is writing a new chapter in the recognition of high school sports - one that honors Equestrian athletes. The USEF's High School Equestrian Athlete program will offer specially designed emblems and pins, exclusively for equestrian athletes in grades 9-12.

www.dressage4kids.com Lendon Gray's Dressage4Kids, Inc. runs one of the largest Youth-only Dressage Festivals in the Western Hemisphere. They also organize a Weekend Educational Program, offer scholarships, and run clinics specifically tailored to Youth riders.

www.dressageforjuniors.com This page has rider blogs, videos, a Rider of the Month program, and much much more, all tailored to Youth riders.

sites.google.com/site/watermelonmountainponyclub The Albuquerque area chapter of the United States Pony Club There are other Chapters around New Mexico, though they do not have websites. For Roswell area, contact Susan Bierwirth at hihollowfarm@dfn.com. For Los Alamos area, contact Lisa Reader at lisaandgarth@cs.com. For Santa Fe area, contact Sherry Sullivan at ssullivan7@qwestoffice.net.

www.ayhc.com The American Youth Horse Council. They publish educational materials, offer grants and awards, and hold an annual symposium for Youth riders and the adults who lead them in their various organizations around the country.

www.usdf.org/faqs/youth.asp The FAQ page from the United States Dressage Federation website answering questions about what they offer for Youth on a national and international level.