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TAPInto Dressage: New Board Members Join Dressage at Devon & More

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DEVON, Pa.Kathleen M. Kiesel, MJ, BSN, RN, and Anne Snipes Moss, both of Coatesvillle, Pa., were elected to the Board of Directors of Dressage at Devon (DAD), a non-profit, internationally recognized horse show.

Kathy Kiesel currently works as a Risk Management Coordinator for Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children and has been in health care for more than 30 years.

But, in her spare time, and while raising triplets, Kiesel has given much of her time and energy to Dressage at Devon for more than 10 years, serving as Vice President of Facilities for the past four years. She also  founded and managed a horse show company called EMMA (Equine Management and Marketing Association) for five years. She gets in as much riding as possible on her two Dales Ponies, an endangered species, and her thoroughbred, Riley.

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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.

Moss has been a member of DVCTA and on the DAD Committee as volunteer for more than 15 years, adding her experience and expertise to the show.

 “We are very happy to have Kathy and Anne on the Board of Dressage at Devon. Their professionalism, combined with their love of horses and dedication to the sport of dressage, makes them a true asset to our show,” said Robbie Kankus, Chair of the Dressage at Devon Board.

About Dressage at Devon 

Dressage at Devon (www.dressageatdevon.org) has been a premier North American Equestrian event since its founding in 1975. 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 riders from around the world and thousands of spectators. Dressage at Devon is a 501(c) (3) PA non-profit organization, benefitting equine education.

USDF Certifies Instructors

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Emma Davern, of Blue Point, N.Y. and Amanda Perkowski, Cream Ridge, N.J. were recently certified by the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) at Training -First Level.

The USDF Instructor/Trainer Program is designed to set a standard of excellence in dressage training and instruction in the United States, and to educate dressage riders, instructors, and aspiring instructors.

For more information on the USDF Instructor/Trainer Program, to view a calendar of workshop or testing dates, or to obtain details on hosting a workshop or testing session, please visit the USDF website at www.usdf.org or contact the USDF education programs department at instructorcertification@usdf.org.

Founded in 1973, the United States Dressage Federation is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to education, recognition of achievement, and promotion of dressage. For more information about USDF membership or programs, visit www.usdf.org, e-mail usdressage@usdf.org, or call (859) 971-2277.

Holzer Named To Pre-Elite Dressage Program

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Ashley Holzer has been named to US Equestrian’s updated Dressage Pre-Elite Program list.

Holzer, of New York, N.Y. rides Havanna 145, Diane Fellows’s 11-year-old Hanoverian mare.

Robert Dover, Technical Advisor, said, “We have conducted a series of training observation sessions with our Pre-Elite combinations, as well as home visits with our Elite athletes on both coasts through the winter and the spring. The standard in both of these groups is growing rapidly and increasing the depth of great combinations.

"We are looking forward to the remaining CDIs in the U.S. this year, strong representation in European CDIOs and CDIs, our national championships, and, of course, hosting the FEI World Equestrian Games™ in September. It is guaranteed to be an exciting year and I feel very optimistic about our eventual selection of a strong team for the FEI Word Equestrian Games in Tryon.”

The Elite Program was established to provide support and resources to athlete/horse combinations that have proven they are internationally competitive. Combinations qualify for the program based on scores received at CDI3*/CDIO3* or above competitions in the last 12 months.

The Dressage Pre-Elite List underpins the Elite Program and seeks to provide support and guidance to those combinations in the 69-73% Grand Prix score range so they are able to succeed in reaching Elite Member status (consistent 73%+ score range).

For more information, please contact Hallye Griffin, Managing Director of Dressage, at 859-225-6949 or hgriffin@usef.org and follow USA Dressage on Facebook.

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