Murray Kessler, Active Jumper Rider & Businessman, Nominated as Next United States Equestrian Federation President

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Murray Kessler.
Murray Kessler.

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, May 2, 2016–Murray Kessler, a prominent businessman and equestrian, has been nominated as the next president of the United States Equestrian Federation.

Murray, 57 years old, active as a jumper rider and the father of Reed Kessler, who was on the American team at the 2012 London Olympic Games as the youngest ever member of the U.S. equestrian team.

The USEF announced Monday that the nominating committee recommended Murray to succeed Chrystine Tauber. The recommendation will be voted on by the board of directors on June 21.

Murray lives in Lexington, Kentucky has homes in Wellington, Florida and the Netherlands.

As chief executive officer of Lorillard Tobacco Company he was instrumental in the merger with Reynplds American in 2015.

The nominating committee noted that Murray demonstrated a high level of enthusiasm and clear strategic direction for the USEF and its affiliates.

He and his family have been involved in horse sports their entire lives at both national and international level.

“His education, training, and professional accomplishments have provided him a broad skill set that lends itself perfectly to the leadership position of USEF president,” the organization said in a statement.

“Notably, Mr. Kessler recently retired from his job, lives in Lexington, Kentucky, and has the time to dedicate to representing the USEF in this capacity. The committee believes that Mr. Kessler will be an exceptional USEF President.”

The 2016 Nominating Committee comprised Chester Weber as chair, Mary Babick, Robert Costello, Susan Dutta, Cecile Hetzel Dunn, Georgie Green, Beezie Madden, and Michael Pollard.