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From the President - Happy New Year!

Sunday, May 5, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Happy New Year!

The new year is a time for making (and breaking) resolutions and setting goals. Goals can be challenging in the world of horses since every day can bring new surprises! It is important for us to remember to keep our goals flexible when we are working with horses.

Whether your goals are educational or competitive NEDA has programs to help you work towards achieving them. Following is a list of of how your membership and participation in NEDA can help you achieve your goals.

January - March
● Thinking of breeding your horse? The NEDA Stallion Auction opens in January.
● Planning to compete? The Omnibus will be arriving so you can begin planning your show schedule.
● Planning to volunteer? (We certainly hope so!) Sign up online to learn more about volunteer opportunities.
April - June
● Looking for financial help to achieve your goals? April 1st is the deadline for NEDA Spring Scholarship applications.
● Applying for a scholarship in the future? Volunteer work is a component of the scholarship application, sign up to volunteer!
● Interested in learning about becoming a judge, or how judging works? The NEDA L Program, Part 1 is held in April.
● Competitive goals? NEDA Spring shows I and II are held in June and the NEDA Summer Show is in July.
● Planning to volunteer? The Spring and Summer Shows always need volunteers!
July - September
● Sporthorse Competitive goals? The UMASS Breed Show is being held in August.
● Competitive Goals? Last day to verify your NEDA membership is active for NEDA year-end awards is in August
● Championship Goals? NEDA Fall Festival including Region 8 Championships is in September.
October - December
● Preparing for future goals? October 1st is the deadline for NEDA Fall Scholarships
● Want to help an amazing volunteer achieve their goals? The Ann Villani Memorial Award Nomination is October 1st. It includes a cash award of $1000. See the website for nomination details.
● Educational Goals? The NEDA Fall Symposium offers fabulous educational opportunities (and shopping too!)
● Strengthen your network goals? Any NEDA event is a great place to meet people who share your passion for dressage. Did we mention that volunteering is a wonderful way to meet people?

NEDA offers a wealth of programs to its membership but I hope you noticed a consistent theme throughout the year….volunteers! NEDA is a volunteer organization and it takes a tremendous amount of time and effort to offer all of the events and programs we enjoy during the year.

I hope you will put volunteering at the top of your list of New Year’s resolutions or goals! We need your help in every area. We have several board positions and committee positions to fill as well as volunteers on the ground at events. If you have an interest in being involved please reach out to nominations@neda.org or check the volunteer opportunities on the website under “Support NEDA”.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Happy New Year!
Phyllis

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