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Longest Continually Running Cavalry Units in the United States and Canada Together for the First Time at Dressage at Devon

Dressage at Devon is very proud to host the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry, the oldest continually running cavalry unit in the the US and the Governor General's Horse Guard (GGHG) Cavalry Squadron, the oldest running cavalry troop in Canada – riding tog for the first time!

The First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry is a purely volunteer cavalry troop, the first organized in defense of the colonies. Today the Troop is certainly the oldest mounted military unit and quite possibly the oldest military unit of any kind that has been in continuous service to the Republic. The times that called it into being, and the character of the original members who fought through the seven years of the American Revolution, together forged concepts of service and a body of tradition that have given it a continuity of purpose since 1774. The First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry is a private military organization in the service of the United States. Because unique demands and opportunities are imposed upon its members, they become a closely knit fraternity. Membership is by election.

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Blessing of the Animals

Dressage at Devon (DAD)( is very pleased to inaugurate the annual Blessing of the Animals, taking place mid-morning, Sunday, September 30, in the famed Dixon Oval at the Devon Horse Show grounds. Please check the website the week before the show for the actual time. The community is invited to bring their leashed (no retractable leashes, please), under-control pets. (Please, no dogs that are not well-socialized with their canine friends.) Father Douglas McKay from Saint Gabriel’s Parish in Philadelphia will provide the blessing – especially for four-legged friends.

DAD is pleased to host this event with All4Paws Rescue (, a foster-based, all-breed, no-kill animal rescue based in Chester Springs, PA. All4Paws offers rescue, rehabilitation and sanctuary to animals in need. All pets are housed in foster homes but spectators at Dressage at Devon can meet some of these trained and socialized dog at Dressage at Devon on Sunday the 30th.

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Find Your Next Champion at the Dressage at Devon Breed Show

Dressage at Devon (DAD) ( hosts the largest open breed show in the world, with top breeders bringing their colts, fillies, stallions and mares to compete.

"This year’s scheduling changes to the breed show will not only benefit our competitors, it will allow equestrians in all disciplines, as well as performance competitors, to view future champions in the Dixon Oval," said Melanie Sloyer, Chair of the Breed Division at Dressage at Devon.

"The breeders at Dressage at Devon have been breeding top quality horses for years, if not decades," added Sloyer. "Many go on to top dressage levels. But many others find their niche in hunters, jumpers and all other equestrian disciplines."

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Dressage at Devon Hosts Adult Amateur Seminar with Lisa Schmidt

Dressage at Devon (DAD) ( announced that Lisa Schmidt, founder of Adult Amateur Dressage Access) (AADA) (, will present at DAD on Saturday, September 29, in the picnic area near the Pub. She will provide insights and tips targeted to the Adult Amateur in addition to a Q&A that will answer all those nagging questions.

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Dressage Explorers: Sunday is For Kids at Dressage at Devon

It’s often called "horse ballet," with horse and rider working in partnership to execute complicated movements that take years to perfect. But while kids are welcome at dressage shows, it’s rare that there are activities geared toward the education and entertainment of the next generation.

But Dressage at Devon, one of the world’s premier dressage shows, is making it more fun for kids.

In 2016, the team at Dressage at Devon ( decided that it was time to create a great experience for children, to allow them to view world-class horses and their riders, learn something about these magnificent animals, and have fun. Dressage Explorers was born.

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Dressage at Devon Announces Individual Breed Class Line-up

Dressage at Devon is the host of the largest open breed show in the world. This year, the Individual Breed classes (IBC) have been moved to the first day of the show, Tuesday September 25 instead of Thursday. This change will allow for a more relaxed time schedule and also will give the IBC horses a chance to warm-up in a less congested area.

Want to see your favorite breed in the Parade of Breeds? There's still time! Contact Melanie Sloyer, Chairman of the Breed Show for more details. Entries close September 10. To enter, visit

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Dressage at Devon 2018 Announces Dressage with the Experts Line-Up

Ever wonder what the judges are really thinking? How they came up with the scores?

Dressage with the Experts gives you the inside track. An over-ear style personal receiver allows spectators to follow all the commentary of some of the foremost experts in the world of dressage. For $35 (pre-ordered) or $40 on the day of the show, the digital FM radio receivers can be used anywhere on the show grounds (Friday, Saturday and Sunday only) to listen to the experts describe the riders movements and learn exactly why the judges give the scores they do.

More info or pre-purchase can be found at

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Dressage at Devon Catches Pony Fever with New Pony Breed Division



With pony fever sweeping the nation, Dressage at Devon has now announced the addition of an all-new sport horse breeding division devoted to showcasing the talents of ponies. In addition, Devon has also joined the National Dressage Pony Cup’s (NDPC) international network of Partner Shows, whereby ponies can earn high-point ribbons at the event as well as qualifying scores towards impressive NDPC year-end awards.

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Dressage at Devon Announces Breed and Performance Judges for 2018

Dianne Boyd, Dressage at Devon Show Manager announced the judges line up for 2018 Dressage at Devon.

Breed Division

Christel Carlson (S-WA) “R” DSHB “S” Dressage Christel Carlson is an “S” dressage, “R” DSHB and FEI 3* paraequestrian judge. She owns Spokane Sport Horse Farm, a 150 acre boarding, breeding and show facility where she has hosted Dressage and DSHB shows for over 21 years (seven a year) and now two yearly USEA events...

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