New US Federation Board of Directors Dominated by Jumper Members, Single Dressage Member

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George Williams, president of U.S. Dressage Federation and the sole dressage representative on the jumper and hunter dominated U.S. Equestrian Federation board of directors. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
George Williams, president of U.S. Dressage Federation and the sole dressage representative on the jumper and hunter dominated new U.S. Equestrian Federation board of directors. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Jan. 9, 2014–The United States Equestrian Federation announced a new 19-member board of directors for what it described as a “more agile and efficient organization” that is dominated by jumper representatives and a single dressage member.

Of the two other Olympic disciplines, dressage got a single member while eventing has twp representatives with six members primarily from the jumper community. Two members are affiliated with the Arab Horse Association while the remainder are from different disciplinea, breed and affiliated organizations.

George Williams  president of the U.S. Dressage Federation, is the sole dressage holdover from the previous board of 54 members. Eventing is represented by Derek Di Grazia and Michael Pollard.

The USEF is headed up by Chrystine Tauber of Wellington, Florida, who has spent most of her career in the hunter/jumper world.

Prominent rider representatives are Beezie, Madden, double Olympic jumper team gold medalist; Chris Kappler, her team mate from the 2004 Olympic gold medal team; Murray Kessler, a high profile businessman, jumper rider and father of 2012 Olympic jumping team member Reed Kessler, and Lisa Deslauriers, a jumper rider. William Moroney, president of the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association, is also a member.

Driving is represented by Chester Weber of Ocala, Florida while former driver S. Tucker Johnson, chairman and chief executive officer of the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation, is also on the board.

The new board effective Jan. 9 is:

Chrystine Tauber, President
Ellen Di Bella, Vice-President
Bill Hughes, Secretary/Treasurer
Lisa Deslauriers
Derek Di Grazia
Elizabeth Goth
Georgie Green
S. Tucker Johnson
Valerie Kanavy
Chris Kappler
Murray Kessler
Victoria Lowell
Beezie Madden
Bill Moroney
Michael Pollard
Cynthia Richardson
Howard Simpson
Chester Weber
George Williams

Ccorrection: An earlier version stated that eventing had a single representative on the board, but the sport has two representatives.