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The Long Island Dressage Association (LIDA) is here to help! Please feel free to contact our Board Members with any comments or requests.


Mary Mulcahy
President, 2015-2023

LIDA'S new president, Mary Mulcahy brings with her years of experience as past president of the North Fork Audubon Society. During her tenure NFAS increased their membership, adopted Inlet Pond county park establishing a Nature Center and preserved the old LILCO site, 500 acres on Long Island Sound where among other events, trail rides are hosted every year. Mary is bringing this same energy to LIDA. She has been pursuing dressage on her Lusitanos receiving her USDF Bronze Medal in 2014 on her youngest horse, Alcetas. "I'm very excited to be part of the continuing story of the USDF's second oldest GMO.

Dale Gifford
Vice President, 2018-2024

22 years ago I bought a crazy OTTB mare named Emma. That was some ride! Then came the love of my life, my big man, Kvasir, better known as Fig. Together we just touched Prix St. George before he was side-lined with an injury. Now, I am thrilled to be a part of the new LIDA, and look forward to helping dressage on Long Island prosper.

Heather Baker
Treasurer, 2020-2024


Heather started riding when she was young and took it up again casually about 15 years ago after establishing her career as a hair stylist and salon owner. It didn’t take long before she bought her own horse, started showing and since then, she never looked back. Heather has been showing regularly in recognized and schooling shows. As treasurer, Heather is a great addition to LIDA because of her commitment to dressage and her dedication to the team. 

Karin Schackne
Secretary, 2021-2023


By trade Karin is a graphic designer and therapeutic riding instructor at Pal-O-Mine Equestrian.  She started riding when she was twelve and was part of the Park Stable show team. While at school she joined Academy of St. Joseph’s riding program.  After a long hiatus from riding (school, marriage, motherhood, etc.) Karin came to it in her early forties.  A friend introduced her to dressage and she was hooked! According to Karin, "I am thankful for this chance to be a part of LIDA and look forward to watching it grown and continue to offer competition and educational opportunities to its members."

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