FEI Awards Judges Announced

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Chrystine Tauber, presidentof theUnited States Equestrian Federation
Chrystine Tauber, presidentof theUnited States Equestrian Federation

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, July 29–The panel of judges of the International Equestrian Federation FEI awards was announced Monday, made up of the presidents of th German, Singapore and United States federations.

Princess Haya, the FEI president, will chair the panel to judge nominations for the awards for the Longines Rising Star, Reem Acra Best Athlete, Development, Against All Odds and Best Groom awards that close Wednesday, July 31.

The judging panel will be:

* Melanie Chew, President of the Equestrian Federation of Singapore, was Singapore’s first woman polo player. She competed in jumping, dressage and eventing as a Young Rider and currently owns jumping and dressage horses. In addition to equestrian activities, she is a noted author and historian with more than 14 publications to her name;

* Chrystine Jones Tauber became president of the U.S. Equestrian Federation in January.  She has been active in most aspects of horse sports, including riding on U.S. jumping teams and as a judge, trainer and course designer, as well as holding roles in marketing and management. As a team rider from 1965 to 1968, she won the Grand Prix of Cologne and the President’s Cup in Washington, D.C. and placed second in the Grand Prix of Lucerne as well as being a member numerous winning Nations Cup teams. Chrystine was U.S. Equestrian Team Director of Show Jumping and managed all the Olympic disiciplines at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games, the 1983 and 1987 Pan Am Games as well as World Championships and European tours. She was Executive Director of the American Horse Shows Association, forerunner of the USEF, and the National Horse Show in New York.

* Breido Graf zu Rantzau, President of the German Equestrian Federation since 2005, grew up with horses and successfully competed, first in dressage and then in jumping. As a young rider, he won the bronze medal in the German Juniors Dressage Championships and, in 1967, he was gold medalist in the European Juniors Jumping Championships. In 1985, he came fifth in the famous Hamburg Derby. He is a breeder of Holsteiner horses and chaired the Holsteiner studbook from 1986 to 2007 and has been active in national and international breed organizationa.

The awards will be presented during the FEI’s annual General Assembly at Montreux, Switzerland later this year.