July 2015 President's Message
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Are you going to Twisdenwood?
Competition season is in full swing. We are coming up on our new NEDA Summer Show at Twisdenwood Farm. Are you going? This is a lovely low key event perfect for a young horse or a rider or horse needing confidence. It’s going to be a beautiful day, so stop by even if you aren’t competing. I’m sure they could use an extra pair of hands, or just watch and enjoy.
We are also gearing up for NEDA Fall Festival, the Region 8 Championships for both Breed and mounted and one of a small number of CDI’s held in New England. You would not believe how much time and effort goes into organizing and managing this show. And it takes an army of volunteers to make it happen. I’ve ridden and competed in several different disciplines in my life, and I don’t think any rely as heavily on volunteers as dressage. We treat our volunteers very well, so if you can come out to Saugerties to help out, we’ll put you up and feed you for as long as you can volunteer for the show. It’s amazing how much can be accomplished by an organized army of volunteers and a wonder that our discipline is so reliant on them. Very few people who make this show happen are paid anything. Think what it would cost to compete if we didn’t give back to our discipline in this way! But more than that, this show is tons of fun for volunteers. There are many of you, staying at one hotel, hanging out together in the evenings, working hard in the daytime, and building new friendships and a sense of the amazing diversity of the dressage community, Stephen Colbert notwithstanding. So consider making the trip – you won’t regret it. You’ll find all the details for signing up on our website.
Of course, NEDA needs more than just show volunteers. Are you savvy with social media, web design, and communications? We can put you to work right away working with the NEDA PR team. Interested in helping out with NEDA boutique at some of our events? We can use you, and you’ll get free admission to the event. We have lots of other ways to put interested volunteers to work. Contact our volunteer coordinator, Karin Swanfeldt, to learn more, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy your summer with friends and fellow dressage enthusiasts!