Axel Steiner Goes “Home” to Wiesbaden as Judge for First & Last Time

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Axel Steiner at the age of 10 in Wiesbdaen, Germany.
Axel Steiner at the age of 10 in Wiesbdaen, Germany.

Axel Steiner of the United States judges at the PfingsTurnier CDI4* in Wiesbaden, Germany, this weekend, ironically the first time in the city of his birth and the last chance as this is his last year as an international judge.

Axel, who will turn 72 years old a month from now, making him almost as old as the PfingstTurnier, started riding at the age of nine in Wiesbaden and later attended the well known riding schools of Warendorf and von Neindorff.

After moving to the USA in 1961, he competed his own horses and on horses owned by the U.S. Modern Pentathlon Team until his duties in the U.S. Air Force interfered.

He received his first national judges licence in 1968, and was promoted by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) to Official status (FEI-O, now FEI 5*) in 1988. Axel has judged Olympic Games, Pan American Games, World Cup Finals and many international and national competitions throughout the world.

Axel Steiner as a U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel.
Axel Steiner as a U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel.

After retiring as a lieutenant colonel from the military in 1988, he has also concentrated on teaching.

He and his wife, Terri Miller, the well known artist and photographer, live in the San Diego area of California.