Welcome To Adult Amateur Dressage Access
Hello fellow dressage riders!
Welcome to the first email (blog) for Adult Amateur Dressage Access (AADA). I am so excited to start this new venture, not only to share fun and interesting news and opportunities for the amateur rider but to address issues and common interests in the Dressage community. I look forward to presenting many educational events and several competitions hosted by AADA
Here’s a little about me, Lisa Schmidt. I was once a non pro rider, struggling to balance my job in New York City and my hobby with the horses I loved. Fate took its course and I became a dressage trainer in 1996. I am a USEF S dressage judge and have been judging dressage around the US for close to twenty years. I am a USDF Gold, Silver and Bronze medalist and continue to ride and compete. My most recent accomplishments were competing my youngster, Qrown Prince at the 2015 and 2016 US National Finals in Lexington, KY and placing in the top 8. I have been the coach to many successful Adult Amateurs as well as Youth champions. From 2011 to 2016, I was USDF Region One Director and sat on the USDF Executive Board. It was during those years when I heard from Adult Amateur riders with questions and concerns related to training, showing and growing worries about the perceived lack of attention to amateurs.
The AADA website, and the information provided in it, along with AA profiles, events and videos will be focused toward the Adult Amateur rider and competitor. However dressage riders from all areas should find the content valuable and educational. For instance, did you know that for the 2018 competition year, USDF is offering Regional Adult Amateur Equitation Finals to be held at each of the nine Regional Championship? And, USDF has announced new Adult Amateur Musical Freestyle awards? More to come on those developments in future newsletters and blogs.
Also on the site, inspirational amateurs from around the country will be featured on the home page, newsletters and blogs. Their stories are compelling to create a sense of community. Everyone will relate to the ups and downs, trials and tribulations of their fellow amateur riders. Some of these riders will also be guest bloggers relaying their interests from rider fitness, to saddle fitting experiences, to equestrian fashion among other topics. My first featured rider is Gardy Bloemers, from Virginia, who has an interesting background in international finance. She balances a demanding job, competing two horses successfully and staying fit through The Dressage Rider Training Fitness Program.
I hope many amateurs will jump at the opportunity to be a featured rider and share their experiences with the other members of AADA.
I also encourage riders to submit photos which I can sprinkle around the website and newsletters.
Over time, I will offer a membership level to AADA which will allow access to events, videos, online courses, tips for an improved performance in the show arena as well as review of submitted videos from the judge’s perspective.
I hope you will join me in this venture and spread the word to sign up for the newsletter and visit the site.
Stay tuned for more exciting news and I look forward to “meeting” you all at Adult Amateur Dressage Access.