Chrystine J. Tauber Elected US Equestrian Federation President
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LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Aug. 31–Chrystine Jones Tauber was elected unanimously Friday as the United States Equestrian Federation president for four years beginning in January.
Chrystine of Wellington, Florida, has been active in most aspects of horse sports including U.S. jumper team rider, judge, trainer, course designer, marketing and management.
She succeeds Olympic Eventing gold medalist David O’Connor who became president in 2004 and healed a rancorous division in the administration of American horse sports. He will become the U.S. Eventing team coach.
Since 1917, only 12 individuals have served as president of the U.S. federation.
“Looking back over my career in the horse industry, spanning some 50 years, I realize how fortunate I am to have had so many great opportunities to work with talented horses, trainers and fellow leaders in the equestrian world who provided me with invaluable knowledge and experiences,” she said after her election as the sole candidate was confirmed.
“Through working together and our shared love of horse sports, I have come to know and appreciate all the wonderful breeds and different disciplines that make up the special tapestry of the U.S. Equestrian Federation. This varied group dynamic is what is so unique to the USEF.”
She said the sole mission of the federation is to improve the sport and its purpose is to maintain the highest ideals in the show ring.
“Over the years, the guiding principles for all our breeds and disciplines remain that of putting the love of the sport and the welfare of the horse at the fore. We must never lose sight of that,” she said
Chrystine rode on U.S. jumping teams 1965-1968, winning the Grand Prix of Cologne and the President’s Cup in Washington, D.C., second in the Grand Prix of Lucerne and member of numerous winning Nation’s Cup teams.
She was National Junior Champion winning both the AHSA Medal Finals and the ASPCA Maclay Finals in
1965; one of only a handful of riders to win both events in the same year.
She has been a National Championship Judge since 1973; member of the 2011 U.S. Dressage Federation Instructor Certification Strategic Planning Group; on the Kentucky Governor’s Advisory Commission for the 2010 World Equestrian Games and USEF’s Board Oversight Committee for WEG; Technical Delegate for 1983 Showjumping World Cup Final in Vienna, Austria, and represented the U.S. at FEI Course Design seminars in Germany, Ireland and Holland.
Chrystine co-authored “Designing Courses and Obstacles” and an audio cassette series: “Riding Out Of Your Mind,” as well as extensive extensive television commentary and appearances.
Since 1985, she has been president and owner of Equistar International, a consulting and marketing services for event management and facility planning, development of equestrian sponsorships and equine products, training, judging and course design.
She is a USEF “R” Hunter, Hunter Seat Equitation and Jumper Judge, FEI licensed Show Jumping Judge and former Course Designer, and has worked in the U.S., Canada, Austria, Australia, Puerto Rico, Bermuda and the Bahamas. She is a U.S. Hunter Jumper Association Certified Trainer.
For more than four decades, she has been involved in national horse sport organizations, ranging from the USEF, National Horse Shows Association of America, the U.S. Equestrian Team, USHJA, U.S. Show Jmping Hall of Fame, Equestrian Aid Foundation and the North American Riders Group.