The KDA Board of Directors is accepting Nominations for positions.

Due 9/19 at Midnight

BOD Positions Available for Nomination:

Show Committee Chair
Membership Chair
THREE at Large Board of Directors

Email your nominations to Daphne Nimmons-Marvin at

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Candidate Biographies

Choose Three at Large Board of Directors

Candidate: Ashley Holden

I have been a long time KDA member and served as co-editor of the Impulsion newsletter in 2018. I’m the executive director of a 501 C3 that offers equine assisted activities as well as a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) registered therapeutic riding instructor and occupational therapist.  I have been a coach for the Special Olympics  Kentucky State Equestrian Competition for several years.  I love how much my job intertwines with dressage. I live on a small farm in northern Louisville where my gelding Ripken has been able to retire after 24 years together. He helped me achieve all my scores for my bronze medal.  I have a new mare in training and can’t wait to be back in the ring. I look forward to facilitating new educational and show opportunities for members of the KDA throughout our beautiful bluegrass state. 

Candidate: Alex Benton

Hi Everyone! My name is Alex Belton. I'm originally from near Syracuse, New York and have been riding for about 17 years. I currently compete at Third Level with my 19-year-old Paint horse Daffy's Son Shine. In New York, I was an active member of the Central New York Dressage & Combined Training Association. I was the Junior/Young Rider Representative on the BOD for about 5 years and still continue to be involved with CNYD&CTA as their Webmaster, which I have been doing for 8 years. My horse and I moved to Lexington in October of 2018 when I accepted a new position with USDF. I knew that I wanted to continue to be involved with my local GMO when I moved here and have been attending the monthly BOD meetings. I'm really enjoying Kentucky (less snow!) and am excited to be more involved with KDA.

Candidate: Amelia Jean Foster - (Lexington, KY) -

Amelia grew up in Slaterville Springs, New York, playing polo & raising Thoroughbred racehorses. Her father was an elected official in NY for over 40 years, which enabled her to assume leadership roles in many organizations as a young adult. She moved to Kentucky in 2007 to attend the University of Kentucky, where she met her husband & fellow equestrian Reynolds Foster. Amelia holds degrees in both Agricultural Economics and Equine Management, & runs her own equine training & sales business, Cannonbrook Farms. In 2012 she had the opportunity to buy back a successful racehorse bred by her family; she & her stallion, Ibboyee, are currently competing at Second Level Dressage & in 1.0 meter show jumping. Amelia is actively competing at recognized competitions, working to attain her USDF medals, with her sites on becoming a Dressage Judge, & a Technical Delegate. She is also currently a Board Member for the MidSouth Eventing & Dressage Association. 

Candidate: Kristen Young

About me: I started my riding as an eventer.  I realized, as an adult, I was too chicken to jump anymore. Six years ago, I switched to dressage and fell in love with it.  Not knowing dressage riders in my area (Louisville), I started a FB group to gather our local dressage enthusiasts. This led to the Louisville Dressage Society, which I founded. I have served LDS for many years as either President or Education chair.  I see our needs of all Kentucky riders increasing with potential for much more. I’d love to be more involved with both show and educational happenings in ALL of Kentucky.

I currently ride my home bred Connemara / TB, Shiloh at 4th level. When I’m not at the barn or planning clinics, I’m working as an emergency room physician assistant. I’m looking forward to expanding what I can offer to the dressage community.

Presidential Candidates

Candidate: Cari Wlosinski

Candidate: Bill Kraatz

Just a quick note asking for your vote for President in KDA elections.

After 7 yrs. on the Board, with 2 ½ as VP, in August I found myself in the President’s chair. I would love to continue Daphne’s plan, of a top class show in Rolex Stadium in May, and other rated shows at the Horse Park, or elsewhere, where we can cut all the “frills” yet run top notch shows at the lowest possible costs to our riders!

I initiated our $5000 Young Rider’s Grant, while on our Education Committee, which the Board fully embraced and has been a great success helping our young people reach the upper ranks. I’ve also been able to secure Gwen Poulin and Lilo Fore as regular clinicians and both have proven to be a resounding success! They are already secured for 2020!!

 Looking ahead, I have started ad hoc committees to investigate joining forces with Louisville Dressage Society and a potential alliance with the Flying Cross Horse Park in LaGrange area. These both (IF they happen) would broaden our presence more in Louisville, bring a rated show to that area, and greatly expand our educational offerings! Exciting stuff, so I need and appreciate your vote!

Show Committee Chair


Membership Chair



Candidate: Sheila Woerth


Candidate: Jen Harber

I have managed a Dressage and driving barn for the last 15 years and previously worked on the BOD of the Tristate Dressage Association (WV)as a Member at Large and Membership Secretary. I have been a member of KDA for over ten years and managed the breed awards while living in WV. We moved the farm to Georgetown two years ago and I have been an active volunteer with KDA ever since. I am currently serving on the show committee hope to fill a BOD position as the Membership Secretary.  

Candidate:: Bonnie Becht 

I have been a member of KDA for many years and a Board member for 9 years. I have enjoyed working with this terrific group of volunteers who give their time and efforts to making KDA a meaningful organization. As a way of giving back and serving this association, I am running for the Office of Secretary. I hope I can count on your vote.

2018-2019 KDA Board of Directors

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