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!
How many members does your GMO have annually, on average?
Tell us about your GMO, and what your GMO is most proud of (example: history of GMO, special benefits offered to members, charity events hosted by your GMO, etc.).
Central New York Dressage & Combined Training Association was founded in 1971 and incorporated in 1977. CNYD&CTA’s purpose is to promote interest and education in dressage and combined training among enthusiastic equestrians in our community. CNYD&CTA hosts dressage and combined training schooling shows, clinics, and events each year as opportunities for development and education of both horses and riders. In addition, CNYD&CTA offers a variety of sponsored events in the area to allow members access to a full calendar of events in the local community. Throughout the year CNYD&CTA also offers educational series, demonstrations, and lectures on a variety of topics, as well as social events.
CNYD&CTA hosts three dressage schooling shows per year, two to three dressage Show & Tells (our version of Fix-a-Test) , one or two clinics, and sponsors five or six additional local combined training events in which members can earn scores toward Year-End Awards.
2021 will be the 50th anniversary year for CNYD&CTA! We look forward to another successful show season and celebrating this milestone with our members.
Does your GMO offer unique classes or activities that cater to youth, adult amateurs, or professionals? If so, please provide a brief description.
CNYD&CTA offers a scholarship for Junior/Young Riders that is awarded each year at the Year-End Awards banquet. In 2019, the club also created the Rising Star Program in which Junior/Young Riders can earn points toward a special Year-End Award. At each CNYD&CTA schooling show, we offer a leadline class to introduce kids to horse showing and the sport of dressage.
What type of educational events does your GMO offer?
Winters in Central New York can be very harsh and can often limit riding hours. In conjunction with our monthly Fall/Winter Board of Directors meetings, CNYD&CTA offers our Winter Educational Series during the months of September, October, January, February, and March. These are free, one-hour presentations by local equine professionals, open to our local equine community, even non-members. Past topics have included pasture management, meditation for equestrians, equine dentistry, saddle fit, and more!
Additionally, we host one to two mounted clinics or symposiums per year. Past clinicians have included Bill McMullin, Beth Baumert, George Williams, and Courtney King-Dye. To cater to our eventing-focused members, we offer one to two Gymnastics Jumping Exercises clinics and introduced a Hunter Derby Clinic in 2019.
What type of “fun” events does your GMO offer?
At our Year-End Banquet, we also have a silent auction with items donated by local businesses, members and other retailers which is always a big hit! The club has done a Paint & Sip night and Pilates exercise classes. In past years, the club has taken a group weekend trip to Dressage at Devon.