GMO Guide

Dear GMO Official,

The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is proud to have your Group Member Organization (GMO) as an affiliated club! USDF takes pride in its members and recognizes the impact GMOs have on the organization.

As GMOs continually grow and change, we feel that it is important for GMO officials to have the right tools to make the most of their efforts, from membership drives to placing ads and logos on websites and in publications. USDF provides many resourceful tools for GMOs to utilize to keep members involved in dressage, and tools that may help your GMO function to the best of its ability.

This document is intended to let you know what USDF can offer your organization as a GMO and what USDF offers your members.

The dedication of those involved with GMOs has largely contributed to the success of USDF.

Thank you for your dedication to the sport of dressage!

GMO Education Lectures

USDF has created a series of pre-packaged lectures for GMO use for short unmounted events, 1-2 hours. These educational lectures are structured in a way that anyone can lead the lecture and discussion. Each lecture is self contained and provides all of the materials you will need to host a lecture including a lesson plan, handouts, and media. We currently offer the following educational lecture topics:

Please click below to submit your GMO information and gain access to and download the zip files for each education lecture. Submit Your Information

National Education Calendar and Map

Promote your local GMO event through the USDF National Education Calendar and Map! The education calendar/map is designed to recognize USDF-affiliated events across the country and GMO events at the local level. Event submission forms must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the event but GMOs are encouraged to submit events early.

Submit Your Event

Highlight your GMO in YourDressage

By now you should all be familiar with USDF’s new e-publication, YourDressage. YourDressage features human interest stories and articles through a first person narrative. Additionally, each issue includes a GMO Spotlight, which highlights one of USDF’s GMOs and their activities. We encourage all GMOs to submit articles from your newsletters, as well as the GMO Spotlight Form, to promote your club and its activities to a national audience. To submit a story or article for consideration, please complete the Editorial Release Form and attach it, along with the article (in Word format), any photos (separate photo files NOT embedded in the document) and video links, to an e-mail and submit to

2021 GMO Education Session: Diversifying Your GMO to Attract More Members

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  1. Welcome Letter/Contents
  2. GMO Marketing Guide
  3. 2021 GMO Award Winners
  4. Thank You Contributors


For information regarding the usage of USDF logos, please see the USDF Logo Usage Guide

USDF Test Booklets - directed towards current members

  1. Half Page Color
  2. Half Page B&W
  3. Quarter Page Color
  4. Quarter Page B&W

Did You Know? Ad Campaign - directed towards current members

  1. Full Page Color
  2. Full Page B&W
  3. Half Page Color
  4. Half Page B&W

Become A Member Ad Campaign - directed towards potential members

  1. Full Page Color
  2. Full Page B&W
  3. Half Page Color
  4. Half Page B&W

GMO Renew Ad Campaign - directed towards renewing members

  1. Full Page Color
  2. Full Page B&W
  3. Half Page Color
  4. Half Page B&W
  1. GMO Logo .jpg .png
  2. GMO Charter Logo .jpg .png
  3. GMO Web Banner .jpg


General Information

  1. Resources
  2. Map of USDF Regions
  3. Membership Information
  4. Roster Submission Instructions
  5. Online Roster Submission Instructions
  6. Membership Requirements for Education Programs
  7. Membership and Horse Registration Requirements for Awards and Championship Programs



  1. Group Member Benefits
  2. Group Member Organization Benefits



  1. Affiliate Verification/GMO Officials Update
  2. GMO Historical Questionnaire
  3. GMO Going Green Program
  4. GMO Roster Update
  5. Request for Refund of Multiple GMO Dues
  6. 2021 GMO Basket Letter of Intent
  7. Ruth Arvanette Memorial Fund Grant
  8. Regional GMO Volunteer of the Year Award
  9. Website Award
  10. Newsletter Award
  11. Photography Award
  12. GMO Spotlight
  13. Checklist
  14. Creative GMO-Sponsored Program Award
  15. GMO Volunteer Incentive Program


GMO Handbook

  1. Introduction
  2. Section 1 – USDF Affiliation
  3. Section 2 – Setting Up Your GMO
  4. Section 3 – Finances
  5. Section 4 - Insurance
  6. Section 5 – Membership
  7. Section 6 – Coordinating Volunteers
  8. Section 7 – Activities
  9. Section 8 – Marketing Publicity
  10. Section 9 – Awards
  11. Section 10 – Deadlines
  12. Section 11 – Forms and Documents
  13. Section 12 – Reference


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United States Dressage Federation, Inc.
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