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World-Class Dressage

Poetry in Motion

Dressage has been called poetry in motion and ballet on horseback. It’s beauty dates back hundreds of years and yet, today, continues to gain popularity across the county. Dressage is a French word meaning “training” and 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.

For more than 40 years, Dressage at Devon (DAD) has brought top competitors, horses, trainers and judges from across the continent and around the globe together for one of the highest-rated international dressage competition.

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A Brief History

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 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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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.

George Williams
George is one of the longest serving Presidents of the United States Dressage Federation, and a prominent figure in international Dressage. As a well-respected US team competitor, Trainer, Coach, Clinician and Author, he has successfully represented the United States in International Competitions and has won numerous National Championships. He has trained many horses and riders from Junior/Young Riders to Adult Amateurs, however, he is most known for piloting the black Westfalen mare, Rocher, to international fame. He is currently the US Dressage National Youth Coach and his leadership skills have earned him a recent appointment to the Federation Equestrian International Dressage Committee. George is known for his quiet, Classical approach to his horses and his riders as well as notorious for his dry sense of humor.

Nancy Williams
Nancy is a partner with the law firm of Kleinbard LLC (Philadelphia, PA) practicing in the fields of corporate and commercial law with an emphasis on real estate, finance, mergers and acquisitions and equine law. She is currently Vice President of the Board of Directors for Dream Catchers, a premier therapeutic riding center. Nancy has been a science teacher and athletic trainer both in public and private secondary school settings and is currently active in equine activities and animal rescue.

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