DEVON, Pa. — 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 https://dressageatdevon.org/index.php/spectators/dressage-with-the-experts.

This year, the expert line-up includes:

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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 person’s work, the quality of the horse, and giving direction to the sport." Barbosa 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

Bowman 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, Bowman 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.

Lisa Schmidt

Schmidt is a USEF ‘S’ Dressage Judge and a United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Gold, Silver and Bronze medalist. A former USDF Region One Director, Schmidt 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.

Schmidt 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, Sinks won the Grand Prix Special aboard Carrera, trained from the beginning by Monica and her husband Ed Borresen. Sinks trains and teaches in Pittstown, N.J. 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.

 For more information about DWE commentators, please visit http://www.dressageatdevon.org/index.php/spectators/dressage-with-the-experts.

 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

To reserve your Dressage with the Experts receiver, visit http://dressageatdevon.org/index.php/spectators/dressage-with-the-experts. For reserved seats or for group sales (10 or more) contact Robbie Kankus at tickets@dressageatdevon.org or 610-358-1919.

About Dressage at Devon

Dressage at Devon (www.dressageatdevon.org) has been the premier North American Equestrian event since its founding by the Delaware Valley Combined Training Association in 1975, and became a separate organization in 2006. It combines world-class dressage competition and the world’s largest open breed show with the international Fall Festival show and special activities for the entire family. The six-day event attracts hundreds of horses from around the world and thousands of spectators.  Dressage at Devon is a 501(c) (3) PA non-profit organization, benefitting equine education.

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