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Dressage With the Experts!

The DWE schedule will be posted as class and expert schedules are finalized. See our expert list below.

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. 

Now Available!

PLEASE NOTE: Dressage with the Experts radio purchase does not include grandstand reserved seating. Reserved seat tickets must be purchased separately.

Digital FM radio receivers that 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.

Pick up your radio at the information booth on the right as you enter the main gate and drop it off at the gate on the way out. Pay $40 by cash, check or credit card at the show grounds, or order ahead of time online for only $35!

1.  You can order and pay with the safe and secure payment processor PayPal (you can use your credit card - no PayPal account is needed) by clicking the PayPal button!

PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU PAY BY PAYPAL, YOU MUST BRING YOUR PAYPAL RECEIPT WITH YOU TO PICK UP YOUR RADIO!

 

2.  You can send a $35 check made out to: DAD Dressage with the Experts

Send checks to:
      Velvet Sponaugle
      2992 West Denneys Rd.
      Dover, DE 19904
      302-678-0299
      302-632-3537 (c)

Learn from Some of the Best

This year, the expert line-up includes:

Kem Barbosa
Kem Barbosa is a USEF 'S' Judge from Princeton, New Jersey. She is on the road a lot, judging approximately 25 recognized shows a year in the US, Brazil, and South America. "I judge what I see at that given moment, converting the image into a numerical value and a comment. If you take it move by move, the class places itself. It's a huge responsibility because you are evaluating a persons work, the quality of the horse, and giving direction to the sport." Kem is an equestrian author frequently featured in Dressage Today. On her off time, she competes her Belgian warmblood Passe Partout at Third Level.

Debbie Bowman
Debbie was selected as an alternate for the 1984 Olympic Games and won a team gold medal at the North American Championships in 1985. She was short-listed for the 1986 World Championships, now called the World Equestrian Games. She was the first American licensed German FN Bereiter while apprenticing with Karin Schlüter, and earned her license to compete through S level. Since 1991 she has served as Examiner of the USDF Instructor Certification Program. She was appointed Chair of the USDF Junior and Young Rider Program for two years (1995-1997) and also completed the USDF "L" Judges Program with distinction in 1998. For more than thirty years, Debbie has consistently produced top level horses and riders, coaching many riders up to the Grand Prix level and FEI Junior/Young Riders. She continues to dedicate herself to developing the next generation of knowledgeable, sensitive, and educated riders and trainers, who will carry on the traditions of classical dressage.

Rebecca Langwost-Barlow
Becky is a USDF Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medalist and one of the first USDF certified trainers to Fourth Level. She was a world-ranked Grand Prix rider on her self-trained Dutch gelding Gomerant. As the first recipient of the Dressage Foundation Scholarship, she trained under the renowned Olympian Dr. Reiner Klimke and Rolf Isselhorst in Germany. She also trained with Michael Klimke, Willy Arts, Conrad Schumacher, Hans Juergen Armbrose, Rudolf Zeilinger, Georg Theodorescu and is presently training with internationally acclaimed trainers: Morten Thomsen and Christoph Hess. Becky is a USDF Certified Instructor and has a 5 Star Rider Rating. Becky is also a USDF L Judge, who graduated with distinction and just recently, was the Expert Commentator at Dressage at Devon 2017.

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.

Lisa Schmidt
Lisa is a USEF ‘S’ Dressage Judge and a United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Gold, Silver and Bronze medalist. A former USDF Region One Director, Lisa has been a coach for the 2015 US National Dressage Pony Champion, the 2017 US National Children’s Champion, the 2017 NAJYRC Junior Team Bronze and Silver medalist, and the 2016 NAJYRC Junior Team Bronze and Silver medalist. Lisa is the founder of Adult Amateur Dressage Access (AADA). AADA is an educational and informational resource for every AA from beginners at the lower levels of dressage, experienced competitors or the mature rider enjoying their horse in or out of the show arena. www.aadressageaccess.com

Monica Sinks
Monica Sinks is a USDF Gold Medalist and has ridden multiple times at Dressage at Devon. She trained in Europe for many years, under Olympic Trainers. In 2003, Monica won the Grand Prix Special aboard Carrera, trained from the beginning by Monica and her husband Ed Borresen. Monica trains and teaches in Pittstown, NJ area in the summer and competes at the FEI levels. With a strong belief in riding with balance and harmony, she loves training students that are passionate about their horses and learning Dressage.

Classes that will feature DWE commentary include:

Friday
Grand Prix Qualifier for Grand Prix Special
Grand Prix Qualifier for Grand Prix Freestyle

Saturday
All classes

Sunday
All classes