Joining a Dressage Association
 By EquestrianLady   •   23rd Dec 2009   •   2,398 views   •   1 comments
In my previous article I mentioned the USDF (United States Dressage Federation) website as one source of information about local shows. But in order to enter these competitions you need to become a member of your local GMO Ė Group Member Organization. While being a local riding club, your GMO is affiliated with the USDF, so you automatically become a member of the national dressage federation as well.

Is it worth doing this? Why not just go to a show run by a local barn or riding school?

You may be lucky and live in an area with a lot of riding establishments which put on schooling shows throughout the year. But if you want to compete on a regular basis, you might find the choice fairly limited. Joining your local GMO will give you access to many more showa.

Another advantage of a dressage association is the quality of competition. With so many members, the association has the resources to enlist good judges and a large volunteer force to maintain high standards of show management.

As a member of a USDF riding club you also have instant access to a wealth of information and contacts. By going to shows regularly youíll meet the same competitors and ground stewards. Itís a good way to make friends and creates a more relaxed atmosphere when youíre competing.

There are the added benefits of clinics, newsletters and the USDF magazine.

The typical cost of joining a club is under $50 per year, with each class costing about $20 to enter. (A Ďclassí is a group of dressage riders competing at a given level.)

My own riding association has an award winning website which allows you to download free copies of dressage tests and the rules of dressage. It even has a glossary of dressage terms. This is all information you need whether you decide to join an association or not. Go to Youíll also be able to view their schooling show form, which is a useful example of a dressage show entry form. (I'll be looking at filling out the entry form later in this series.)

If youíre worried that you might not enjoy competing and donít want to spend money joining an association, go to some local barn shows first. You can always join your local riding club later if you get the dressage bug!

Next Iíll be talking about riding attire and permitted saddlery for dressage shows.
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thing sound alot different in america than they are here. Comps seem harder to access or something
  Dec 24, 2009  •  1,717 views
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