Welcome Back!

The ADA would like to “welcome back” our newsletter, The Rapport. Google (who knows all) defines the word rapport as “a close and harmonious relationship in which the people or groups concerned understand each other’s feelings or ideas and communicate well.” I believe our love for horses and dressage allows everyone in this organization to have a degree of rapport with one another. This news letter will be part of our desire to communicate well and will provide in depth information about happenings within the organization and the horse community.

I apologize if this issue is a bit lengthy—we have a lot of past and future happenings to cover. I also need your help in continuing the rapport we have with one another. I will be putting out a call for contributors for a few columns. Don’t worry—you don’t need to write an entire article! I just have some questions for you!  I’ll do all the editorial work.

For those of you who do not know me, my name is Amanda Pitsch and I am the owner of Bairdcroft, a boarding barn in Ada, Michigan. I love horses and disciplines of all kinds, and used to breed and show Tennessee Walking Horses. I “fell into” dressage when taking some lessons to improve my equitation as an adult, thinking “if I can ride in that tiny saddle, I can ride anything!” (remember, I also rode Western quite a bit on the trails). I soon learned how HARD dressage was, and was hooked on the learning process (still learning, folks—I will ALWAYS be learning). I have shown with the ADA, and when I was busy completing my Master’s degree, Meike Vollmers took over the reins of my handsome dressage pony (a quarter horse—gasp!). I enjoy writing and am looking forward to working on the newsletter. If you have suggestions for topics, PLEASE let me know!