“Lilo” Fore of USA Retires as FEI 5* Judge

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Lilo Fore (with arms full of flowers) at ceremony at Dressage at Devon on her retirement as a judge. Photo courtesy Janet Foy
Lilo Fore (with arms full of flowers) at ceremony at Dressage at Devon on her retirement as a judge. Photo courtesy Janet Foy

Oct. 2, 2016

Liselotte “Lilo” Fore has retired as an International Equestrian Federation (FEI) 5* judge, one of four American top ranked judges and after a lifetime of horses at the center of her life.

Lilo judged Olympics, World Equestrian Games, World Cup and Pan American Games in a career in which she was a competitor, trainer of both horses and riders, official and active on U.S. federation committees.

Lilo, who is based at her SportHorse America training center in Santa Rosa, California, turns 72 years old in December, and retires after two annual extensions beyond the mandatory retirement age.

A replacement 5* is expected to be appointed next January to join the lineup of top American judges of Anne Gribbons, Gary Rockwell and Linda Zang.

Lilo saw her first horse when she was four years old and knew horses would be at the center of her life.

She moved to the United States from her home near Dusseldorf, Germany in 1971.

She bought a broken three-year-old American Thoroughbred named Dionysus for $1. Fore trained the horse so well that he went on to be U.S. “Horse of the Year” at every level.

Lilo has been known as a judge who rewards performance rather than one who focuses on penalizing mistakes.

She was appointed a FEI 4* judge in 2009 then promoted to 5* in July, 2013. She is also a 5* young horse judge and a was a 3* para-dressage judge before aging out.