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: 1969- Charter GMO
Locality: USDF Region 2, Michigan
How many members does your GMO have annually, on average?
Tell us about your GMO.
Midwest Dressage Association in one of the founding groups for the United States Dressage Federation. Last November, we celebrated our 50th anniversary. Midwest Dressage Association’s primary focus is education of dressage to all. Each year, we try to host many educational events.
Does your GMO offer unique classes or activities that cater to youth, adult amateurs, or professionals? If so, please provide a brief description.
Yes, MDA is constantly seeking and offering a wide variety of educational programs for all divisions.
What type of educational events does your GMO offer?
In 2019, we held the new test symposium lead by Lois Yukins, and we offered monthly member-only free sessions ranging from sports psychology and goal planning for the dressage rider, to first aid and barn fire safety. We wrapped the year with an all-day educational series with a large variety of guest speakers. In 2020, we are hosting the USDF Trainers Certification Workshops and Pre-Cert. We are offering auditing spots. We also host our annual dressage boot camp, open to members only but for all ages. It is a fun and educational way to shake the winter cobwebs and get the season stated.
What type of “fun” events does your GMO offer?
Aside from the spring boot camp, we host a banquet each year and sponsor a meet-and-greet party at the Great Lake Regional Schooling Show.