Dressage is one of those things that I care about, so I am completely immersed. For me, that means I have to do all of it: showing, clinics, and lessons. And I can't just do those things a few times a year, I am compelled to be doing them all the time.
Occasionally, I wish that I could be less committed, but that's just my personality: it's all or nothing. That's how endurance riding was as well. I did one last race and then just quit. I've come to realize that other people are able to approach life with more balance. They don't feel the compulsions that I do. They can go along for the ride, at least occasionally.
Many of you don't live and breathe dressage, meaning you have a little more balance in your life. Maybe you have kids or other hobbies or deal with health issues. Whatever it is, you don't feel compelled to spend every dollar and every extra minute planning your show and clinic year. The amount and types of show you do probably dictate what sorts of memberships you pay for.
Which brings me to the real point of this post. Lots of you have been writing and sharing your plan for renewing memberships. I have been reading those comments and blog posts with utter fascination. I've discovered that the various GMOs don't all work the same way.
Since CDS is such a large and well developed organization, those who show with any regularity join CDS, but fewer join USDF as Participating Members, especially if you're an adult amateur with no plans on showing at the USDF Regional show. I imagine most of our professional riders and trainers join USDF as Participating Members, and they also join CDS.
Riders in Southern California join CDS and DASC. Although I have no idea how many people join both. I would guess most join CDS and only those interested in the DASC Championship Show will also join DASC.
So. I would love to know how many people join their local GMO or just USDF. How many join both, or more than one GMO? How many GMOs host non USDF-rated shows? How many regions host USDF only rated shows? How many GMOs have championships?