“It’s official … Lil Salty Lark and Christina Savitsky won the Open Buckle with Sandy Benson and Lynx’s Colonel Reserve. The Amateur buckle winner is Nance McManus and Jolie with Ellen Schmickle and Gentleman Smoker Reserve. There were lots of mid even high 70’s scores for these teams and excellent, positive judges’ comments. We thank Ellen for driving from Arizona to participate and to Christina for leaving the ranch in Watrous. These ladies all did themselves proud and the scores for beautiful rides are an inspiration. Just a note…the Open buckle was won with 9 excellent Basic test rides and the AM buckle was a match of the masters each riding 9 tests at Intro Level to very high scores. We learned a lot about how to offer special awards and will be looking for opportunities to add some xtra rewards next year. Thanks to all who participated.

Don’t forget there is still a YOUTH award for 2019 waiting to be awarded. If there are any 18 and unders interested there are still at least 5 shows left in 2019 ….tests from any shows in NM in 2019 can be submitted.

Ok…to our Reserve champions for the Santa Fe Series, I have 2020 memberships with New Mexico Dressage Association for each of you. Congratulations Sandra Benson and Ellen Schmickle. Hope to see you at 2020 NMDA shows”

MANY THANKS TO THE SPONSORS OF THE AWARDS!! Thanks for bringing more awareness of Western Dressage in New Mexico! Well done to all!!

SOUTHWEST AMATEUR QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION Is excited to announce the return of
Debbie Cooper – October 3-6, 2019.
Location: Donna Neessen
6520 El Gato Rd
El Paso, TX
Different format this year.
Thursday, October 3
 Private/Semi Private Lessons
 Limit 6 sessions
 $100/person (private) or $65/person if riding as a small group (limit 3)
Friday, October 4
 Ranch Riding/Ranch Trail/Ranch Pleasure Clinic
 Limit 15 riders
 $150/day (lunch to be provided)
Saturday, October 5
 Private/Semi Private Lessons
 Limit 6 sessions
 $100/person (private) or $65/person if riding as a small group (limit 3)
Sunday, October 6
 Ranch Riding/Ranch Trail/Ranch Pleasure Clinic
 Limit 15 riders
 $150/day (lunch to be provided)
Auditors: $20/day
Deadline to submit checks SEPTEMBER 1st!
Checks must be postmarked no later than September 1st with form. Checks postmarked after September 1st will be charged a 10% fee.
Submit Checks to:
SWAQHA c/o Derryl Brandt
1129 Boundary St
Anthony, NM 88021
For more information contact Megan Schuller 575-644-4486 or Derryl Brandt 915-241-8100

Click the 2019 WDAA Recognized Shows title below to find out the information on the shows here in NM. We have done our best to make it as efficient as possible for you to come ride with us!


WAIT….an update! NMDA has added its June 2nd schooling show at Trinity Ranch in Santa Fe to its roster of WDAA recognized shows this year.

That makes it 6 shows that will be WDAA Recognized this year in New Mexico!

The Paint mare “Truly Unsurpassed” has been replicated by Breyer horse! Her owner, Nancy Conley from Georgia, was told that the mare couldn’t make it in dressage. (I am thinking people shouldn’t tell us horse people “no”.) Truly Unsurpassed made history by becoming the first horse to earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medal Awards from the Western Dressage Association of America. She is also the 2017 USEF WDAA Horse of the Year for Level 2.

I hope all of those kids that see the new Breyer model will start thinking and asking about Western Dressage!

We found a GREAT “local” blanket laundry and repair at Desert Sky Ranch. Heather is a no nonsense person that knows just the right thing to help your horse blankets last longer and stay clean. We had a great e-mail from her:

“All of my pricing is online here:http://thedesertskyranch.com/service/horse-blanket-repair-laundry-services/

I will also call you if I think a blanket isn’t worth being repaired and let you make the decision, so there’s no wasting money. Feel free to call me 505-859-2979 when you want to mail or drop off.” Thanks in advance Heather!

Interested in  Western Dressage in New Mexico? There is a new website produced by a few enthusiasts that are hoping to help every one that is interested know more about Western Dressage events around the area. Check it out and sign up for their newsletter:  www.WDANM.org.