Since LDS gained GMO status with The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) November 3, 2017 (We are 1 week old!) , I have decided to start a series of brief blogs that highlight the benefits, opportunities and materials that USDF provides for its GMO Members. This first edition is a brief overview. In weeks to come, more detailed explanations will be posted. This can be used as a quick tool to explore some of the benefits of being a USDF GMO Organization and Member.
Louisville Dressage Society started as an idea discussed over a dinner in December 2014. Kentucky is known for its horse farms, but we noticed that there seemed to be little communication between them. We set off to change this.
After taking a poll of the 30 attendees, we decided that we wanted to see one thing happen in the Louisville area, more education. LDS started with a few small clinics in 2015 and fast forward 2 years later, to 2017, and we have hosted over a dozen clinics with 6 concrete clinics for 2018 with Jeremy Steinberg and even more in the pipeline to come!
Because of our success, we started to look into ways to offer our members even more. The LDS board had thrown around the idea of becoming a USDF GMO since its start, but now it was time to make it happen, and after a short survey sent to members, that is just what we did!
(We are in Region 2)
After a few e-mails and a lot of paperwork we were granted USDF GMO status in a matter of hours! Now that we are a GMO, here are some of the benefits:
What it means as a member:
For a membership benefit chart you can check your USDF Membership Guide or click the photo below. Charts are on pages 8 & 9
You are eligible for USDF Rider Awards (Performance Awards, Bronze, Silver and Gold Metals, Bronze, Silver and Gold Freestyle Bars and Masters Challenge). Click on the image below to find out more information on USDF Awards on the USDF Official Website:
Photo Credit: The Dressage Foundation
What it means as an organization
Ability to apply for USDF GMO Awards, including the GMO Newsletter, Website, and Photography Awards. We can also nominate exceptional members for the Regional Volunteer of the Year Award.
If you have any questions about USDF or GMO membership, please feel free to contact LDS Vice-President Megan E Carr for more information. She can be reached via text at any time 502.472.7962 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information, you can also visit USDF's info page at https://www.usdf.org/clubs/gmo/
*all photo credits are thanks to The United States Dressage Federation unless otherwise noted