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Our History and Today
Nurtured by a handful of Dressage pioneers during its inception in 1969, NODA has grown from a grass-roots organization into one with nationwide influence. NODA’s 300+ members represent a widespread demographic area and people of all ages. We include riders of every level who own or lease horses, have their horses in training or take occasional lessons on school horses. Their riding goals and NODA involvement vary with their available time and love of horses. Integrated within NODA’s membership are trainers, instructors, judges, technical delegates and international FEI competitors that provide educational support for the horse and rider.
NODA was formed to promote and further interest in the understanding of dressage through education, active participation and support of local, regional, and national dressage activities. Today we are a US Dressage Federation Group Member Organization (GMO). NODA is one of the largest GMO’s in USDF Region 2 which consists of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, & Wisconsin.
NODA came into being mainly as an educational organization at a time when dressage was still largely a mystery in the Cleveland area (as it was in much of the United States). The initial formative meeting of NODA took place at Red Raider Camp in response to a letter written by Joan Rapp, with personalized notes exhorting people to give dressage a try. Red Raider Camp became a center of dressage interest by virtue of the influence of Emmy Temple, Suzanne Jones, Dale Lappert, Lynn Fry and Gail Patton. They, along with Joan Rapp, who became the founding president of NODA, were instructors at Red Raider at the time. The organization held early meetings both at Red Raider and the Chagrin Falls Library.
were held at area stables with one or two people running the show.
They took “the box” of show supplies to the show site. Together with
the judge, this skeleton crew managed the show with anywhere from 12
to 60 rides. Today NODA offers a popular
Schooling Shows Series each year with Championship Show. Most
of our schooling shows now have two or three competition rings, and
often more than 120 rides!
Education NODA is an educational organization. We have sponsored many clinics and workshops. The first one was presented by Lockie Richards in the fall of 1969, followed by one given by Emmy Temple in the spring of 1971. Since then we have had many others including Hans Moeller, Bodo Hangan, Violet Hopkins, Jean Froisard, Jessica Ransenhausen, Carol Grant, Gabor Foltenyi, Terry Ciotti-Gallo and Major Anders Lindgren (NODA hosted five USDF Instructor Seminars with Major Lindgren in the early 1990s). During NODA’s 44 years, other educational programs have been held for members and non-members alike. NODA has sponsored USDF “L” Programs, USDF Adult Camps, the Region 2 USDF/Premier Dressage Adult Clinic with Walter Zettl, and USDF Instructor/Trainer Certification Program.
At NODA workshops and clinics, we’ve learned how to interpret and ride dressage tests (including the rider tests), create a musical freestyle, take care of our “show nerves” with sport psychology, fill volunteer positions such as tabulating or scribing at shows, breed a better sport horse, and improve our riding with the Alexander Technique, T’ai Chi and yoga. Lectures have focused on such topics as equine health, trailer safety, approved bits, classical dressage, saddle and tack fit, helmet safety, and horse nutrition.
off each busy year, NODA hosts an annual awards banquet. NODA offers
year-end awards for scores earned in recognized and unrecognized
(schooling) competition, as well as special awards and trophies with
NODA Lifetime Achievement Award
Initiated in 2011, this award recognizes and honors individuals who
have devoted countless hours of service to NODA in the pursuit of
excellence both to NODA and to our sport of Dressage. This award
recognizes those individuals in our spotlight, in the trenches
quietly just doing the work, the person you think of when something
needs to be done, someone who would remember how it has been done in
the past, or someone who served years doing our committee work.
Recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award helped to create the
NODA we enjoy today. These are important people and should be
remembered and honored.
Honoring Senior Dressage Riders and Horses
The Dressage Foundation (see www.DressageFoundation.org) has a unique honor for senior dressage riders and horses. The Century Club recognizes Dressage riders and horses whose combined age totals 100 years or more. Horse and rider perform a Dressage test of any level, at a Dressage show or event, and are scored by a Dressage judge or professional. Among the 125 horse/rider combinations nationwide who are members of the Century Club, are NODA members Beverly Van Nieuwal and John Claridge (deceased).
It does not matter how good you are . .
. it matters if you have the passion!
Dressage is an approach to the training of the
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