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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

Christina-Morin Graham

Christina joined Graham Partners in 1998 as a member of the investment team. Today, she oversees the firm’s relations with its investors while also serving on Graham Partners’ Investment and Valuation Committees, as well as on the boards of certain portfolio companies. Christina’s past and present board directorships include Abrisa, BrightPet, Eldorado, HB&G, Henry, Mercer, and Universal Pure.

Prior to joining Graham Partners, Christina worked for W.Y. Campbell & Company, a division of Comerica. Previous to W.Y. Campbell & Company, she worked for Borders, Inc. in its Strategic and Financial Planning Division and for Goldman, Sachs & Co. in its Investment Banking Division.

Christina earned her B.A. with honors from the University of Virginia, where she was an Echols Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and her M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated as a Director’s List student.

A native of the Philadelphia area, Christina enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, and horseback riding when not working. While at the University of Virginia, Christina was on the varsity polo team.

Anne Gribbons

Anne Gribbons was the U.S. Equestrian Federation technical advisor for dressage from 2010-2012. She has trained and shown 15 horses of her own to Grand Prix and competed in 10 national championships, as well as in Europe, including the Aachen CHIO (Germany). Seven of her horses have been named U.S. Dressage Federation Horse of the Year, and she was a member of the 1995 Pan American Gamers silver-medal winning team for the United States. Anne is a Federation Equestre Internaionale five-star judge, and she was a member of the FEI Dressage Committee from 2010-2013. She was inducted into the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame in 2013. Anne is a columnist for the Chronicle of the Horse and a collection of those columns is now available in her book “Collective Remarks.”

Roberta (Robbie) Kankus 

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 several years and served as Chair from 2017 until spring 2020. Robbie will continue as an advisor to the Board.

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.

Karen Ramsing- Bixler

A longtime DVCTA Member, and Dressage at Devon competitor and owner, Karen is an advocate of dressage and DAD enthusiast.  She has volunteered, scribed, sponsored, ridden, and attended the show for decades. She now is based in Wellington, FL. and has a large base of contacts in the US and FEI dressage world and is enthusiastic in promoting the show. She hopes to use her contacts to encourage more FEI competitors to come to the show and support the long-term success of the show.

Her goal is to help the show improve in areas that are important to competitors and work to bring more FEI Grand Prix competitors to the show.

Michael Riley

Mike has been a Board member since 2009 and brings extensive experience in financial planning to his position as an advisor to the Board. His primary interest is in the financial well-being of Dressage at Devon. 

Mo Swanson

Mo and Jim have been raising warmblood sport horses for over 20 years, with a particular focus on Hanoverians for much of that time. Mo is a judge for the Oldenburg Horse Breeder’s Society (GOV) on its yearly inspection tours. She makes numerous tours to Germany and has extensive contacts and friends there. She is on the Board of Directors of the Mid-Atlantic Hanoverian Breeders Association (MAHB), a successful regional breed club, and she is one of their founding members. She originated and has helped to organize their Annual Fall Mare Show.

JJ Tate

"With my sights set on representing the United States in world-class competitions, I strive to compete among the best with integrity, harmony, and devotion to the horse's well-being. I am dedicated to training and teaching under the principles of classical dressage that have been handed down to me by my great teachers. I feel responsible to keep the art of classical equitation alive in today’s expanding culture. As I compete successfully, I continue to demonstrate how these principles benefit both horse and rider. I strive every day to be better than the day before, not only as a rider but as a person, continually learning and always striving to be my absolute best.” 21 Jessica Jo “JJ” Tate began to take her place among the country’s riding elite early, making her FEI debut at just 16 years old. Earning numerous national and regional titles, JJ’s has trained and competed over 29 horses at the FEI levels, including eight at Grand Prix. Known for her classical education and elegant riding, she is a top competitor who’s devotion to the very highest standards of horsemanship and integrity make her a positive role model in the contemporary dressage world. JJ has been long-listed for the World Equestrian Games and represented the United States in competitions abroad. Locations Now a resident in Landrum, SC, and wintering at Yellow Bird Farm in Wellington, she is a sought-after clinician and trainer.

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. Lori has been 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 worked 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.

 Sarah Campbell, Secretary

Sarah brings her goal-oriented program director skills to the Dressage at Devon Board as the Secretary. She has served on the board of the Delaware Valley Combined Training Association (DVCTA) and co-chaired the show secretary role for the DVCTA Fair Hill Dressage USEF two-day show where she lead the club's transition into the digital entries and show management era. She has been actively coming to Dressage at Devon for many years as a spectator, volunteer, scribe and Amateur Adult competitor. Sarah grew up just down the road from Devon and currently resides in Chester County, PA where she keeps her 3 dressage horses. Sarah has earned her USDF Bronze and Silver medals.

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