The Midwest Dressage Association (MDA), Inc is an organization whose purpose is to promote and encourage a high standard of accomplishment in dressage in the general area of the Midwestern United States, primarily through educational programs. Dressage is the gradual harmonious development of a horse's physical and mental condition with the aim toward improving its natural gaits and perfecting its understanding and communication with its rider.
The first general meeting of MDA was held at Centaur Farm Stable on February 16, 1969. Our first officers included: Jim Jones, Lillian Zimmermann, Judith Franklin, and Rosemary Herman. Dorothy Wagner designed our logo using Vi Hopkins riding her horse Dark Warrior as her model. MDA had 51 members in their first year of existence. During the early years of our existence, MDA helped forge the path for what was to become USDF. When Lowell Boomer placed an advertisement in The Chronicle of the Horse, asking "all those interested in the advancement of dressage" to come to Lincoln, NE in February of 1973 to start a national federation, representatives of MDA were on hand. This earned MDA the distinction of a Charter GMO of USDF.