Group Member Organizations (GMOs) are the foundation of USDF and integral in bringing dressage and dressage education to the masses.
Stay connected with your local dressage community and support dressage at the local level by joining a GMO in your area today!
USDF GMO Established: 1980
Locality: Region 2, Ohio
How many members does your GMO have annually, on average?
Tell us about your GMO.
The Dressage Company is greater Cincinnati’s GMO. We may be small, but we are very active. We have monthly business meetings, and quarterly educational events. Our club participates in the Queen City Dressage Circuit, which is a group of local farms that host schooling shows. We are proud to be able to partner with one of our local farms to host our own annual show, as we do not have a physical “home” location. We try to rotate our meetings to different parts of town, so that we are never too far for our members to attend. Our members get reduced prices and early entries to many of our educational events and clinics. We have a Year End Award program, and always take time to honor our hard-working volunteers.
Does your GMO offer unique classes or activities that cater to youth, adult amateurs, or professionals? If so, please provide a brief description.
Our club offers year end awards for Youth, Adult Amateurs, Novice riders and/or horses, and Open riders. At our show, we also offer separate classes for Juniors and Seniors in Introductory and Training Level. We also offer western and gaited dressage classes, suitability, and equitation classes. We also have year-end award divisions for eventers.
What type of educational events does your GMO offer?
Every four years, our club hosts a New Test Seminar to learn about the updates and changes in the new USEF dressage tests. We typically have an ‘S’ judge and demo riders, so we can see the movements as they are discussed. This is one of our most popular events. We also offer an annual Judge’s Clinic at the beginning of the show season. This usually features a panel of three USDF L graduates offering tips on a variety of ways to maximize the rider’s test and improve scores. Other educational activities vary, and may include topics such as horse wellness and care, pasture management, Cavalletti training, product presentations from various companies, and biomechanics updates from one of our own well published members.
What type of “fun” events does your GMO offer?
Our club offers potluck meals during our educational events that are always enjoyable. We are in the process of planning a weekend dressage camp for 2019, which should be a blast! Our Year End Award Banquet is also always a lot of fun, and includes a lovely dinner, auction, raffles, and guest speakers.