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: 1989
Locality: USDF Region 3, Florida
How many members does your GMO have annually, on average?
Tell us about your GMO.
STRIDE established in 1989 as a small GMO with a max of 75 members. Because we are in the heart of Ocala horse country, which includes many dressage “winter” people, our membership grew and grew. We have many USDF Gold/Silver/Bronze medalists; USDF L Graduates; USEF ‘r’, ‘R’, and ‘S’ judges; and large professional training farms in our membership.
Does your GMO offer unique classes or activities that cater to youth, adult amateurs, or professionals? If so, please provide a brief description.
Yes, we offer “Versatility Division” in our five schooling shows, which include Trail, Dressage by Letters (speed/accuracy), USEF Rider Test with a year-end award trophy, Prix-caprilli, USET Event Dressage classes, and huge costume classes at our Halloween show. We also have an entire Driven Dressage Division, including Trail and Cones versatility classes. All are fun!
What type of educational events does your GMO offer?
STRIDE sponsors one riding clinic, with two clinicians, a year with fees discounted to members, and one driving clinic. We have an educational guest speaker at every monthly meeting, or travel to local farms for special training or educational breeding demonstrations.
What type of “fun” events does your GMO offer?
We have fun classes at our five shows, have trail rides on Florida Greenway, and picnics at trail heads. Also, our banquet for year-end awards is awesome!
Any Additional Comments?
This club really come together over 25 years. We have a top-notch newsletter, as well as wonderful judges and medalists always offering ridden and driven dressage educational opportunities. We are currently sponsoring an USEF ‘r’ Training Program. We predict membership of 250-260 by February 2017. And we have a HUGE year-end award banquet in January!