USA Equestrian Federation CEO Welton Quits, Bill Moroney of Hunter Jumper Association Named Interim CEO

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Chris Welton
Chris Welton

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Jan. 12, 2015–Chris Welton, a former Olympic marketing executive, has quit as Chief Executive Officer of the United States Equestrian Federation after just 18 months in the post and William Moroney of the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association will take over as interim chief.

The USEF issued a terse news release Tuesday announcing the departure and stating it “is grateful to Welton for his contribution over the last 18 months and wishes him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

His appointment was much ballyhooed for his marketing experience with top sponsors of the International Olympic Committee but, according to knowledgeable equestrian officials, produced little impact for the USEF.

Bill Moroney was a USEF director and member of its executive committee and active on many key committees as well as president of the USHJA, the U.S. federation’s largest affiliate.

He has been president and founding member of the USHJA since 2003 and, the USEF said, “has gone through a growth-driven reorganization of its governance model, resulting in a tremendous increase in its membership and financial stability.”

Chrystine Tauber, USEF president, said: “Bill has been actively involved in the governance of equestrian sport in the United States for the last 18 years and is deeply experienced in almost every aspect of the Federation. His experience, coupled with his commitment to the sport, makes him the ideal person to lead USEF through this transition.”