As you may know, our Board of Directors elections are coming up. Each officer position on the board is up for election each year, and also this year 2 board member positions are up for election as well.
Positions up for election are:
* Board member
* Board member
If you would like more information on the duties of each position or our election procedure, please refer to the club bylaws which are available at: http://www.nfladressage.org/club-bylaws.html
Here are the candidates (and their bio's) running for the
2022 Board of Directors
Their photos are below the bio's:
I currently serve as Vice President of the club and would like to step up into the role as President. As an officer of the club, it’s our duty to help ensure that NFDA remains on strong financial footing and continues to provide showing and educational opportunities for our members. I have been a member of NFDA since 2002. I previously served as President from 2009-2011 during which the club successfully hosted the 2010 USDF Convention and Symposium, concurrent with Dressage on the First Coast and a Musical Freestyle Challenge. For the past decade, I have coordinated the spring and fall Dressage on the First Coast rated shows. This involves everything from selecting judges, reviewing the prize lists and USDF/USEF paperwork to assembling gift bags, arranging transportation, putting together the program, finding volunteers and filling in for positions where needed. The experience gives me a well rounded background to serve as your President. Amateurs are the backbone of our sport and we need to mentor and support the next generation of riders. One of my first volunteer positions was as editor of the newsletter but my favorite thing is to scribe. I love the mental challenge of capturing the judge’s comments while writing legibly and spelling everything correctly. I am a native of Jacksonville and have been involved with horses for most of my life. For the past 20 years, my husband and I have lived on a horse ranch on Black Hammock Island in northeast Jacksonville. In addition to dressage, I have enjoyed a variety of equestrian pursuits over the years, including barrel racing, showing Tennessee Walking Horses, hunter-jumper and fox hunting. In my non-horse life and to pay for all this, I am a graduate of Georgia Tech and work as a transportation/traffic engineer.
I have been a member of the NFDA for over 10 years and have served as President for the past two years. I regularly attend each meeting, show, and educational opportunity, and really think we have a special organization. I believe that local dressage organizations are truly the foundation of our sport. It is at the local level where riders and horses of all levels are able to compete, learn, have fun, and grow in confidence and skill. I strongly believe in a classical dressage foundation as the basis for success in all riding disciplines. I moved to St. Augustine in 2009 and have trained dressage riders and horses throughout northeast Florida ever since. I love teaching and educating people about dressage as well as all aspects of horsemanship and would love the opportunity to continue to promote that within our club.
I strive to improve my own riding and teaching abilities constantly. I am currently pursuing a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University and hope to be able to use those skills to further my training and coaching. I have studied under Wolfgang Scherzer, Arthur Kottas, Anna Merrick, and am currently mentored by Allegra Hohm. I have earned my USDF Bronze Medal, am actively in pursuit of my Silver, and am enrolled in the USDF L Program. I have been honored to serve as the President of this group, but would like to offer that opportunity to other worthy candidates. I would be pleased to continue to serve this club in the position of Vice President and look forward to another great show year!
I am a proud military spouse, mother of 4 and a grandmother of 9. I have lived in Florida for over 40 years. They recently moved from north Florida to a small town in Volusia county, where we purchased a small horse farm where we have 5 horses of our own. I am passionate about my family, our country, and the community. I have held n=both Member at Large positions and a Vice President position with NFDA and would like to go up for Treasurer for this year 2022.
My name is Kathee Cook and I would like to serve on the Northeast Florida Dressage Association Board as secretary . I have served on the board as a member at large for the last two years. I continue to volunteer and compete in our shows with my two Connemara Crosses, Piedmont Herman and Tulach Mhor Dew. I have a high regard for our membership and treasure the way we encourage and support each other, especially at the shows. Let’s make it a great ride!
Board Members At Large
(choose three, candidates are in alphabetical order by last name)
My name is Beth Gould, I live in St. Augustine and have been a member of the NFDA on and off for about 6 years. I first showed my beautiful Palomino Quarter Horse Mabel until her retirement. I now have a Holsteiner gelding named Peri and we are a work in progress. I would love to serve on the Board and help in any way to build this wonderful club.
Good day! I'm a Co-Trainer at HHH Ranch and a mother of a junior Western Dressage rider. I would love to jump into the NFDA, help out, and get to know more about the inner workings of the association. A little back round about myself, I grew up and South Florida and moved a long the East Coast most of my adult life. I'm married to a railroader and have two incredible homeschooled kiddos. My daughter and I live for horses and enjoy doing all things involved with them! I look forward to volunteering with the NFDA and being a valued member.
My name is Barbara Turner and I am running as a candidate for Member-at-Large for NFDA for the year 2022-2023. I have been a board member and secretary of NFDA since 2012 and a member of NFDA since 2003. I have been riding since I was 12 having started out in Western Pleasure and barrel racing on my two quarter horses. During college at UF, I worked at Hobeau Farms, a racing training and Thoroughbred breeding farm. I was one of the first female exercise riders of race horses in Ocala and was licensed in FL and LA. After about a 25 year hiatus while I raised a family, I started riding again in 1995 with an appendix mare in hunters and jumpers. I just bought a 7 year old Hanoverian chestnut mare, Delight (Dede) and am training with Adriana Smith at the St. Augustine Equestrian Center. I would like to continue to be active in NFDA in several different capacities and to be involved in helping the club grow in membership and in activities associated with all levels of dressage and riding in general. I think I can provide assistance and insight in order to help NFDA meet those goals in the future.I would appreciate your vote for Member-at-Large for the year 2022.
I would like to be considered for board membership at large. I have been riding dressage for number of years. Initially took dressage lessons with Charlotte Trentleman back in late 70's with my daughter Leanna and have shown over the years. More recently I have been riding and occasionally showing. My granddaughter Catrina, now 14, has been riding and showing dressage for past 6 years, while in 4H Horse club with Courtney Grimm. The last 4 years Catrina has been riding and showing in dressage on my Dutch Warmblood, Reminisce. I previously scribed and have scribed for NFDA several times this year and last year. I have scribed several times for L program which has given me the opportunity to audit. I continue riding and am starting 4-year-old Thoroughbred Dutch cross. I would like to become more active with NFDA while I continue to ride and Catrina shows. Thank you for your consideration.