In 1965, a group of riding enthusiasts got together and formed a club, in response to the question "How come the kids get to have all the fun?" The idea of an adult pony club caught on and the Delaware Valley Combined Training Association or "DVCTA" was born.
The mission of the club is to provide instruction and training for members and to inform and demonstrate dressage to the public. So, in the early 70s, the club put on a successful dressage show at the Willcox's Tory Hill Farm in Glen Mills, PA. Gaining in popularity, the show moved to The Radnor Hunt Club in Malvern, PA while continuing to search for a permanent home. We credit the late Pat Franco with the idea of moving the show to the Devon Horse Show Grounds and in 1975 Dressage at Devon or "DAD" was born.
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Roberta (Robbie) Kankus, Chair
Robbie is an innovative and decisive corporate leader with extensive experience initiating and managing complex projects and operations. She is a diversified non-profit Board Member and Officer with a passion for volunteer programs in science, engineering, history and education. She has been on the Board of Dressage at Devon for xx years and, was elected Chair in 2017.
Mark Donaldson is a veterinarian and partner at Unionville Equine Associates in Oxford, PA. Mark has a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Villanova University and received a VMD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993. He is board certified in internal medicine and has a strong interest in sports medicine. He has been on the board since 2017 and has participated as show veterinarian for over 20 years. His wife, Emily Craig Donaldson, is a professional dressage trainer and has competed frequently at Dressage at Devon. Mark and Emily reside on their farm in Parkesburg, PA, which is also the home of Emily Donaldson Dressage. Their daughter, Lucy, competes in eventing and dressage.
Kathy currently works as a Risk Management Coordinator for Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children and has been in health care for more than 30 years. Kathy has given much of her time and energy to Dressage at Devon for more than 10 years, serving as Vice President of Facilities for the past four years. Kathy also founded and managed a horse show company called EMMA (Equine Management and Marketing Association) for 5 years. She gets in as much riding as possible on her two Dales Ponies, an endangered species, and her thoroughbred, Riley.
Anne Snipes Moss
In addition to her position as practice manager for her husband John’s Brandywine Valley Veterinary Hospital and Surgical Referral Service, Anne Snipes Moss has served on many equestrian related non-profit boards and committees. These include: Cochran Hunt Club Board, United States Pony Club National Examiner and National Examiner Committee, United States Dressage Federation Historical Recognition and Freestyle Committee and is a Past President of the Delaware Valley Combined Training Association (DVCTA). She has also attended USDF/USEF Dressage Judge Seminars and is a USEF ‘r’ Dressage Judge and a USEF ‘R’ Western Dressage Judge. Anne has been a member of DVCTA and has volunteered on the DAD Committee for more than 15 years, adding her experience and expertise to the show.
Kathleen brings a finance background to her position on the board, having served as a CFO for an international IT firm. In that position, she had the opportunity to travel worldwide and has competed in the UK in addition to the US. Kathleen grew up in Texas, riding western, and moved to dressage and eventing when in her thirties. She became involved with DAD while living in Delaware, and has been on the Board for more than five years. A dedicated DAD fan, she drives up from Texas every year, corgi on board. Kathleen also loves to scribe, and can often be found at Devon and other shows in the judge’s box.
Michael Riley, Vice Chair
Mike has been a Board member since 2009 and brings extensive experience in financial planning to his position. His primary interest is in the financial well-being of Dressage at Devon.