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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.

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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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