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: 1972
Locality: USDF Region 9, Texas
How many members does your GMO have annually, on average?
Tell us about your GMO.
Alamo Dressage Association (ADA) is a USDF Charter GMO. ADA founding members began the first GMO in Texas in the 1970s, and, in 1981, the GMO became Alamo Dressage Association. ADA is an active group with usually 125 members, 40 of which are junior members. We have hosted recognized dressage competitions since the 1970s at the San Antonio Rose Palace, which is currently owned by country singer George Strait. We currently host four recognized dressage competitions and two, two-day schooling competitions each year. In addition, we host symposiums geared toward our adult and junior members, and most recently hosted an Emerging Dressage Athlete’s Program with Lendon Gray and symposium with Betsy Steiner. In 2017, we will be hosting a junior clinic with Jeremy Steinberg and a symposium with Janet Foy.
ADA annually hosts a “Ride for the Cure” in conjunction with our fall shows. Th is event benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure and breast cancer awareness research and education. Riders form teams and select a test to ride for a score. Their scores are averaged, and they are awarded an extra percentage point for every $100 they raise. The team with the highest percentage score wins. We award pink neck ribbons, and Dover Saddlery and other tack vendors donate prizes to our teams. Our event has raised $60,000 over the last six years.
Does your GMO offer unique classes or activities that cater to youth, adult amateurs, or professionals? If so, please provide a brief description.
We offer separate clinics/symposiums for juniors and adults. We have also hosted USDF L Education Programs.
What type of educational events does your GMO offer?
We offer clinics and symposiums with various trainers, as well as scribe clinics.
What type of “fun” events does your GMO offer?
We host an annual awards banquet, as well as a “Mystery Barn” tour, where we rent out a limousine service, serve wine and cheese, and tour local barns.