Anna Paprocka Campanella of Italy Elected as FEI Dressage Athlete Rep

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Anna Paprocka Campanella (left) and Laura Tomlinson who ran for election as the athlete representative on the FEI Dressage Committee.
Anna Paprocka Campanella (left) and Laura Tomlinson who ran for election as the athlete representative on the FEI Dressage Committee.

June 10, 2014

Anna Paprocka Campanella of Italy has been elected as the dressage athlete on the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Dressage Committee, beating Great Britain’s Laura Tomlinson in the vote that was the first direct election of riders in the 93-year history of the organization.

Results of the elections of the eight disciplines governed by the FEI were released Tuesday after a two-day bureau meeting.

Anna Paprocka-Campanella, aged 39, rode Andretti H on the Italian team at the 2006 WEG in Aachen, Germany and at the 2007 European Championships. She rode Prego at the 2009 Europeans at Windsor. She has also competed on Italian teams at Nations Cups on different horses. A daughter, Alice, rode in the 2012 and 2013 European Pony Championships.

She is an accomplished business marketing and promotion executive having worked at a global advertising agency.

Athletes elected in other disciplines were Bartolomiej Kwiatek of Poland for driving, Valerie Kanavy of the United States for endurance, Lukas Klouda of the Czech Republic for vaulting and Gennaro Lendi of Italy for reining. Elections in jumping, eventing, and para-equestrian go to a second round to be held June 16 to July 16, 2014.

Anna and other athetes elected to the relevant FEI Technical Committee will begin their terms on the Monday following the FEI General Assembly which is scheduled for Dec. 11-14.

The current Dressage Committee is:
Frank Kemperman, chair
Thomas Baur, deputy chair
Maribel Alonso de Quinzaños
David Hunt
Kyra Kyrklund
Hans-Christian Matthiesen

The FEI said that about four per cent of athletes eligible to vote took part, though the percentage for dressage was 9.17 per cent. The breakdown:

Dressage – 58 voted/632 eligible to vote
Jumping – 52/2,399
Eventing – 62/3,271
Endurance – 169/3,337
Driving – 45/461
Vaulting – 26/229
Para-Equestrian – 16/258
Reining – 3/268