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International Dressage

Poetry in Motion

Dressage. It has been called poetry in motion and ballet on horseback. Dressage is an ancient equestrian discipline, and the fastest growing equestrian sport in the USA today. In September, Dressage at Devon brings top competitors, horses, trainers and judges from across the continent and around the globe together for one of the highest-rated international dressage competitions and the most complete breed show outside of Europe.  Olympic medalist Robert Dover calls Dressage at Devon "the standard by which all American horse shows should be judged." Hundreds of horses are expected to compete in front of thousands of spectators.

Dressage, a French word meaning “training,” describes the sequential development of the horse’s suppleness, obedience and strength. The result is a breathtaking blend of power and artistry. Competition involves a series of movements based on a horse’s action, not unlike gymnastics or figure skating competitions.

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History of Dressage at Devon

Dressage at Devon - born in 1975.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 Delaware Valley Combined Training Association or "DVCTA" was born, and the adult pony club idea began..

The basic mission of the club is to provide instruction and training for the members of the club and to inform and demonstrate our sport to the public: We accomplish this by way of our many clinics and large events, such as, Dressage at Devon, Dressage at Fair Hill, the Horse Trials and in the old days Chesterland - a major three day event.

For several years in the early 70's, the club put on a dressage show at the Willcox's Tory Hill Farm in Glen Mills, Pa. The show moved to The Radnor Hunt Club in Malvern, Pa. while still searching for a permanent home.

We credit the late Pat Franco with the idea of moving the show to the Devon Horse Show Grounds in 1975: it caught on and Dressage at Devon or "DAD" was born.

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Dressage at Devon Board of Directors

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
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.

Kathleen Kiesel
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 Raime
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.

Dressage at Devon Officers

Lori Kaminski, President
Lori has been president and CEO of Dressage at Devon since 2009, but for many years before that she was a dedicated volunteer, instrumental in bringing about positive changes in the show, including Born in the USA and working with the United States Dressage Foundation to pilot many successful programs and classes in the Breed Division. She works in diagnostics for Siemens Healthcare DX in the manufacturing organization, developing new and revised methods for blood and urine analysis.

Patricia (Patti) O’Shea, Treasurer
Patti has served as Treasurer for Dressage at Devon since 2015. She brings 30 years of accounting and financial experience to this position, working with national and international companies. Patti has been a horse lover since she was a child and continues to train, ride and compete in local and regional shows.

Amy Coughlin, Secretary