Murray Kessler Will Not Run for Another 3-Year Term as US Equestrian President

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U.S. Equestrian Federation President Murray Kessler holding aloft the William C. Steinkraus Trophy awarded to Laura Graves as U.S. Equestrian of the Year in 2019. File photo. © Ken Braddick/

Jan. 20, 2020

Murray Kessler announced Monday he will not seek another three-year term as president of U.S Equestrian when his current tenure ends a year from now.

Murray, 60 years old, said he made the decision because his professional circumstances changed–he is now president and chief executive officer at Perrigo, a multinational provider of over-the-counter health and wellness products.

He became president in 2017 based on his experience as a lifelong horse sport participant and successful businessman. At the time, had had been instrumental as president and CEO in the sale of the Lorillard Tobacco Company to Reynolds-American.

In a statement, he said: “After much thought, I have decided that I will not run for a second term as US Equestrian President. The reason is simple: my professional circumstances have changed. While I am confident that I can successfully balance my leadership positions at both USEF and at Perrigo, a multi-national company, as its President and Chief Executive Officer for my final year as USEF President, I believe this would be difficult to sustain for the long term.

“Over the last three years, we have brought about significant changes to USEF through implementation of our Strategic Plan including growing membership, sponsorship and advertising, revamping leadership, bringing on new coaches, relocating our headquarters, outsourcing the laboratory, implementing Safe Sport, regaining our place as a global powerhouse in international high performance, winning our first para-medals in years, and much, much more.”