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Members of a USDF Group Member Organization (GMO) enjoy all the benefits of their GMO

and USDF through one membership process. By joining a GMO, members automatically

become a member of the only national organization devoted exclusively to dressage.


Benefits Include:

  • e-TRAK, USDF’s online learning center for dressage and equine education. Through one convenient location, access hundreds of educational resources, engage in structured learning activities, and earn USDF University Program credit!

  • Ten issues of the award - winning USDF Connection magazine

  • Access to the online version of USDF Connection

  • Eligibility to compete as rider and/or owner at USEF - licensed/ USDF - recognized shows

  • Eligibility to compete for Adequan/USDF Pas de Deux year - end awards

  • Access to “members only” section of the USDF website

  • E-news letters sent by USDF, which helps Group Members stay in touch with what is happening at USDF and in the sport of dressage

  • A USDF Group Member card which can be used at USDF competitions and an online membership card available for printing, at any time, free of charge

  • Discounted rates at USDF educational events

  • Discount in the USDF store

  • Discount on memberships and subscriptions with USDF’s educational partners

  • Eligibility to earn USDF University Program credit

  • Representation at the BOG through the GMO delegate

  • Eligibility to receive a Ruth Arvanette Memorial Fund grant, which funds convention attendance

  • Eligibility for the Regional GMO Volunteer of the Year Award

  • GMO youth members (21 and under) are eligible for the USDF Youth Volunteer of the Year Award, USDF Shining Star Awards, and USDF Arts and Creativity Contest

  • Eligibility for the “L” Education Program

  • Grants funded by The Dressage Foundation are available to USDF Group Members



Mary Lou Freil

Membership Chair


FAX - 770-727-0146

GDCTA Membership


GDCTA membership year is December 1st through November 30th each year.  A Senior member is one who has reached their 18th birthday by January 1st of the membership year.


GMO Voting Strength


A GMO's member count as of September 1 of the current year is used to determine the number of delegates and votes the GMO is permitted at the annual Board of Governors (BOG) meeting. However, the actual number of members on the roster (dues submitted) is not necessarily the number of members counted for voting strength. If a group member has joined more than one GMO, they are eligible to receive a refund for any additional GMOs they are a member of. In doing so, they must declare which GMO they want their primary affiliation, which is where their membership is counted for voting strength. For the other GMO(s) that they are a member of, they are dropped from the member count for voting strength purposes. A GMO is allotted 1 delegate per 200 members, and 1 vote per 25 members."

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