The mission of the Northeast Florida Dressage Association is to promote the sport of dressage in our region by organizing clinics, schooling shows, recognized National Dressage Federation Shows, and promote social networking among our members and community at large.
The program of the association is educational and is designed primarily to offer a framework in which individuals can progress with the schooling of themselves and their horses throughout the training spectrum from Introductory to Grand Prix.
Dressage – is a French term meaning “training”. Schooling in Dressage is the gradual, harmonious development of the horse’s physical and mental condition with the aim to improve it’s natural gaits and develop a perfect understanding with it’s rider. Progression through the levels of Dressage requires years of training and dedication to the development strength, balance and agility of both the horse and rider. Once mastered, graceful, complex movements appear effortless.
Dressage is the largest FEI discipline within the sport-horse category in the United States and has enjoyed the title of the fastest growing discipline (English or Western) in the U.S.
The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is the governing body of Dressage in the United States and boasts a national membership of 45,000. Approximately 35% of that membership reside in Region 3, which includes Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and Tennessee.