This Saturday I had the pleasure of photographing the North Carolina Dressage and Combined Training Association’s annual gala. My responsibility was to photograph all of the award winners and snap up some great candid moments in between.
When I wasn’t behind the camera though, I got to chat with lots of familiar faces and even met a reader of the blog (hi Jessica!). The NCDCTA is an organization that feels like home to me, even though I haven’t officially been a member for a couple years now (because of, you know, not having a horse to compete).
In years past there were other organizations that gave me the warm fuzzies. One being the NCSU Dressage team, which will always have a place in my heart for the friends and associations it brought me.
The other is likely Mecklenburg Hounds, who I foxhunted with for many years. Beyond meeting up at the hunt field, I was an active participant in other association events, such as parades, fundraisers, etc.
There are plenty of other organizations that I am a part of, but I admit, mostly my membership comes down to rules and regulations. The USEF is one, and more recently, the USEA. While I wish to have a greater sense of awareness for what these organizations are doing and how I can get involved, I find that it’s simply easier to get involved at a more local level.
What equestrian organizations are you affiliated with? Which are close to your heart, and how do you actively participate in them? How do you think the national level entities can inspire more local participation? Has an organization ever done something that made you want to leave, or were there ever inspiring events that made you want to join a certain ‘club’?
I’m a member of my local dressage/combined training organization (and also hold an elected position on the board). Joining was a little intimidating at first because I’d heard they could be “clique-ish” (but really, what horse group isn’t?). After I started attending events and making an effort to get involved, I was welcomed with open arms. Aside from serving on the board, I also maintain the club’s website and social media presence. I really love being so involved with other people who share my interests!
I’ve been a member of several organizations throughout my time in horses, but I have to say that the one closest to my heart is 4-H — where I got my start.
I love USEA the most. I am a member of USEF too though, and the Greater Houston Combined Training Association.
Currently a member of none because I let my stuff lapse (no horse why bother) but my favorite org was NorCal because I actually did fairly decent in it and knew so many people.
I don’t think there is a local CT organization in my area or I would join. I’m usually a MTHJA, USHJA, USEF, and USEA member. With USEA being the winner.
It was so nice to meet you Saturday night! Now I do not feel quite so stalker-ish leaving comments on your blog. Thank you for taking all of the pictures Saturday night. I never saw your raffle prize or I would have put my tickets in there instead of the other prizes that I did not win!! I hope to be able to meet up with you more this season. I too was a member of Mecklenburg Hounds in the early 90’s and Cardinal II Pony Club. Right now I am just a member of NCDCTA but I have contemplated joining USEA this year.
Oh my goodness… It was so nice to meet you too! We *must* have crossed paths at some point in time back then! And regarding the door prize- Lynn had told me to just bring it with me, so I don’t know where it got put myself! Next year I will make a much more formal contribution so it won’t be missed 😉
I was captain of my varsity polo team in college, but I don’t belong to any groups now.
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