August 2019
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Dear Friends,

There is so much new at the 2019 Dressage at Devon.

For a start, "Ladies Hat Day" has become "Hat Day" at Dressage at Devon and will take place Friday at 6 pm (a change from previous years). The event will include very special prizes for the Best Ladies Hat, the Best Dressed Man and the Best Dressed Family. Then, following the contest is a party! See the invitation below and plan to join us.

The mission of Dressage at Devon has always been to help educate riders, owners, trainers and those who just care about the sport. Towards this mission, Saturday we have two speakers who will address the questions and concerns of adults. Details on each presentation are below.

During the breaks, take a stroll around the grounds, visit the returning and new shops and have a bite to eat before you settle down for the Saturday night Grand Prix - under the Devon lights.

Sunday is Dressage Explorers for the younger set (or young at heart) with the Stick Horse Contest, the selfie scavenger hunt, the Princess and the Unicorn, and a Meet n' Greet with the vaulters.

Also, participants will have the very special opportunity to watching classes with Lendon Gray, founder of Dressage4Kids . Participants will get to hear her take on the great junior performances.

Don't forget a stop (or 2) at the gift shop where, in addition to great home items and apparel, we are pleased to offer Lessons with Lendon! by Lendon Gray and "Collective Remarks: a journey through the American dressage evolution: where it's been, where we are, and where we need to be" by DaD Board Member Anne Gribbons.

We'll keep you up to date about other highlights but, there's no question, it's going to be a great show. See you there!

Lori Kaminski
Dressage at Devon

"Ladies" Hat Day Now Includes Men and Children!
Saturday Morning in the Pub

At 10:30, Lisa Schmid t, creator of Adult Amateur Dressage Access ( returns to facilitate a discussion targeted to Adult Amateurs. She will be there to answer questions and present the challenges faced by adult amateurs in the current - and future - dressage environment.

Following Lisa, Nancy Williams , DaD Board Member and a partner with the law firm of Kleinbard LLC (Philadelphia, PA), will address the business end of dressage, from real estate to insurance, finance, and equine law.

New at Dressage Explorers

Lendon Gray , founder of Dressage4Kids will join the Explorers in the afternoon to watch top junior rider classes and answer questions about the rides, the riders and the horses, helping Explorers understand what goes into a winning ride.

Jessica Fay , Assistant Trainer at Hill Top Farm, will talk to Explorers about her career in dressage: How she got her start, her education, her training, her riding, her job as a working student and her future in dressage.

Silent Auction

More than 50 items will be on display for the new Silent Auction. Featured is an original oil painting by local artist, William Ewing, in a custom frame hand carved by his wife Mary! Come see this equestrian themed masterpiece for yourself!

Equestrian Gymnastics:

For more than 2,000 years, people have been performing equestrian vaulting or dance-like movements on or over the backs of moving
horses. Some people trace the origins of vaulting to the ancient Roman games where acrobats would demonstrate their skills on cantering horses. Others trace the history of vaulting to ancient Crete where bull-leaping was prevalent!

Whatever its roots, modern vaulting is fun and exciting. This year, Fleur de Lis Vaulters from Kentucky will perform in the Dixon Oval during the breaks on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Don’t miss it!

We love our volunteers!

If you have some time during DaD (Sept 24-29) please consider helping out at the show. Whether you can spare a whole day or only a few hours during the show, whether you have a lot of experience or none, your help will be greatly appreciated. From scribes to working in the information booth, ticket office, and gift shop -- there are lots of opportunities to experience Dressage at Devon from behind the scenes! No experience is required and all volunteers receive a free 6-day pass, a parking pass for the day(s) volunteering and even gifts !

Here are some of the available jobs:

Gift Shop help
Area Steward 
Gate Steward
Volunteer room/dining room help
Bit/equipment check

Please fill out the volunteer application and we will find you the perfect position! Go online to register at

Attn: Scribe Volunteers - we are moving to IPads to enter scoring and comments. A keypad will be provided and training will be available.

We are grateful to our 2019 sponsors!

Barnes & Beck Financial Consulting Group 
Horse Tech
Iron Spring Farm
Dover Saddlery
Dressage Today Online
Broadfields 121
Dover Saddlery
Harmony Sporthorses
LM Custom Boots
Purina Animal Nutrition
Hilltop Farm
Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center
Triple Crown Feed
Unionville Equine

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor? There’s still time to be part of the magic! Please send an email to to request a brochure and additional information.

There is only one Dressage at Devon
Experience it for yourself!
September 24-29, 2019

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