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Who we Are

The Long Island Dressage Association (LIDA) is here to help! Please feel free to contact our Board Members with any comments or requests.


Kelly Bailey
President, 2024-2026

Horses have been part of Kelly Bailey’s life for nearly 50 years.  At age 4, she met her first best friend (one of many) – Coco, the Shetland pony, who started it all. Today, Kelly continues to live her dream with her partner, Catapult, out on the east end of Long Island.  It was Cat who brought her back into the Dressage world, showing her the magic of body awareness for both horse and rider.

This journey has opened new horizons for Kelly.  This includes leading the Long Island Dressage Association as president.  As such, she hopes to help others reach their goals and dreams with opportunities that LIDA can provide.

                        “One good thought, and you can FLY!”


Patti Rockwell
Vice President, 2024-2026

Patti has had a love of ponies and horses ever since she was a little girl. She started riding as a young adult and participated in school shows as often as she could. She continued riding on and off over the next few decades as she worked as a dog trainer and pediatric nurse. She even started her daughters (and now her granddaughter) on their own equestrian journeys. She began training exclusively in dressage three years ago and is now thrilled to be part of LIDA, helping to promote dressage on Long Island! 

Heather Baker
Treasurer, 2020-2024


Heather started riding when she was young and took it up again casually about 15 years ago after establishing her career as a hair stylist and salon owner. It didn’t take long before she bought her own horse, started showing and since then, she never looked back. Heather has been showing regularly in recognized and schooling shows. As treasurer, Heather is a great addition to LIDA because of her commitment to dressage and her dedication to the team. 

Karin Schackne
Secretary, 2021-2024


By trade Karin is a graphic designer and therapeutic riding instructor at Pal-O-Mine Equestrian.  She started riding when she was twelve and was part of the Park Stable show team. While at school she joined Academy of St. Joseph’s riding program.  After a long hiatus from riding (school, marriage, motherhood, etc.) Karin came to it in her early forties.  A friend introduced her to dressage and she was hooked! According to Karin, "I am thankful for this chance to be a part of LIDA and look forward to watching it grown and continue to offer competition and educational opportunities to its members."

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