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
* 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
2023 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 a passion for classical training techniques and enjoy helping my horses and students work to constantly become better than they were yesterday. I have students of all levels from Intro to Grand Prix and have been teaching and training in northeast Florida for 13 years. I feel strongly that the local show circuit is an important staple in our community, and look forward to working for our local GMO for another year!
Hello, NFDA! I am running for the position of Treasurer. I joined NFDA more than 20 years ago and have enjoyed showing and volunteering with you. I have served on the board previously and have an excellent attendance record. This past year I have been honored to serve you as Recording Secretary. I have recently retired from teaching and would be honored to serve as Treasurer. I’m looking forward to working with you and meeting you at the shows in 2023!
My name is Barbara Turner and I am running as a candidate for secretary to continue to remain active as an officer. 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 (Dedee) 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 am running for the position of secretary again to continue to remain active as an officer for the following year.
Board Members At Large
(choose three, candidates are in alphabetical order by last name)
I went to my first dressage show in 1963 along with my mother, Anne Barlow Ramsay, who was active with NFDA for many years. I was hooked! Since then, I have been active in the USDF and The Dressage Foundation for more years than I care to remember and serve on the Boards of both organizations. I have my Bronze and Silver medals. I am an active breeder, and have bred many successful competitors, including Freedom, an Oldenburg stallion who has competed successfully through Grand Prix. I now reside in Fernandina Beach, although most of my horses are in Ocala and Wisconsin.
I have been a horse trainer/instructor of horsemanship for 50 years now, as well as a licensed dressage judge. I helped found NFDA with Jean Brinkman and would like to get back to being involved with the club!
As a board member, I would continue volunteering with the NFDA and learn more fully the bylaws of the club. I feel that in this position I could support my daughter through her journey in western dressage. I am proud to be a caretaker and barn manager at HHH Ranch. This is our second year with the NFDA and I love to see the shows come together and dressage as a sport grow. My heart is with our junior riders as I’ve always loved teaching and raising our junior riders as compassionate horse people. The Northeast Florida Dressage Association provides a great service to our community, especially our youth in my opinion, and I’d love to continue to be a part of that! Thank you for considering my nomination!