The Kentucky Three-Day Event would not be possible without this group of individuals who are dedicated to the sport of Eventing. Here is our impressive list of officials!
Christina Klingspor (SWE) – Ground Jury President
|Christina Klingspor comes from Sweden and lives with her family on a farm outside Stockholm. She has been riding since she was 7 years old and still rides, but now only for joy. She has competed in Eventing and has since “converted” to dressage. She has been judging pure dressage up to Grand Prix nearly 20 years and has been on International Eventing Ground Jurys since 2004. She is also a One Star/Two Star TD which she enjoys as well. She has been a part of many different competitions worldwide from One Star to Four Star. This is her fourth time being part of The Kentucky Three Day Event. She wishes all involved; volunteers, riders, spectators and organizer good luck and a joyful week.|
Mark Weissbecker (USA) – Ground Jury
|Mark Weissbecker has competed, judged and officiated at the highest levels of international competition in the sport of Eventing. His accomplishments include placing third at the Rolex Kentucky CCI****, placing eighth at the Burghley CCI**** and winning the USET Fall 3-Day Championships at Fair Hill in 1994 and again in 1998. Mark has represented the US in the Open European Championships in England as a member of the USET/USEF Team and was short-listed for the US Olympic Team for Atlanta in 1996. He served as a USEF Eventing Selector for Olympic and International teams for 10 years and is currently a Licensed Official in both Dressage and Eventing. He trains and manages two farms, Birch Hill Farm in Richmond, MA and Winter Book Farm in Southern Pines, NC.|
Martin Plewa (GER) – Ground Jury
|Martin first began riding at the age of 6. He started competing in Junior/Young Rider competitions in 1969, with a focus on Eventing. Since that time he continued to progress up the levels, competing in the European and World Championships in Eventing.
Following his competitive carrer Martin served as the National Coach and Chef d’Equip of German Eventing Teams from 1985-2001. From there he became the Director of “Westfälische Reit- und Fahrschule” (education and examining professional and amateur trainers, officials et.al.) He is also a National Senior Show Jumping and Dressage Judge, including Grand Prix. In Eventing, he serves as an International Eventing Official (CD, TD and Judge).
Martin has served as CD at European Championships and other 3*/4* Events. He served as TD at the Olympic Games in London (2012) and the World Equestrian Games (Tryon 2018) as well as other international 4* and 5* events. He was a judge at the European Championships in Blenheim (2005), WEG in Aachen (2006) and the Olympic Games in Hong Kong (2008).
When he is not working as an official at FEI recognized events, Martin can be found giving seminars, lectures and riding clinics to help bring along the next generation of Eventing stars.
Charlotte Skinner (USA) – Jumping Judge
|Charlotte Skinner currently resides in Los Angeles, California. Skinner began riding professionally at the age of 18 and competed both nationally and internationally for fourteen years. She has been deeply involved in the Hunter/Jumper aspect of equestrian sports in a professional capacity since 1976. Skinner is an active licensed official, holding FEI Level 3 Jumper Judge and Level 1 Steward licenses, and licenses as a USEF ‘R’ Jumper Judge and a certified Jumper Schooling Supervisor. In the past, Skinner has been a senior member of the management team for the 1992 World Cup Finals, the 1998, 2000 and 2008 North American Young Rider Championships, as well as, having managed the Colorado Summer Circuit in Parker, CO from 1993 through 2010. Sport governance is an important part of Skinner’s professional life. She serves on various USEF and USJHA committees and is an elected member of the USHJA Board of Directors. Skinner has announced and judged at numerous major events including the 2010 World Equestrian Games, 2011 Pan-Am Games, 1993-2014 North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, the 2015 Pan-Am Games and the Kentucky Three-Day Event since 1996.|
Philip Surl (GBR) – Technical Delegate
|Philip and his wife Claire have two children. He rode at 4* level and has competed internationally for twenty-five years. Currently he is the British Eventing Technical Advisor, works for BE as a Regional Coordinator and is team manager for the British Nations Cup squads. Additionally, he has a level three accreditation to coach for British Eventing, is an FEI 3/4* Technical Delegate and is also involved with officials CPD programme.|
Gretchen Butts (USA) – Assistant Technical Delegate
|Gretchen has a BS and MS in Nursing, as well as a MA in Business Management/Human Resources and spent 25 years as an Adult/Internal Medicine Nurse Practitioner while gaining her vast experience in Eventing. Gretchen’s Equestrian Experience is broad: Eventing competitor through the International Four Star Level, National Event Organizer at her home farm, Waredaca, since 1979, ¾ * FEI International Event Technical Delegate and Eventing Judge, USEF Equestrian Eventing S Technical Delegate and Eventing Judge, FEI International Level 2 Steward, past member of the Board of Governors and Vice President of Education–United States Eventing Association, International Technical Official at the 2008 Olympic Games, Assistant Technical Delegate for the 2010 World Equestrian Games. She is also a Level 3 ICP instructor and sits on several key US Equestrian Federation and US Eventing Association committees.
In her spare time, she is a long distance runner and avid sailor with husband Robert on the Chesapeake. They have 2 daughters, Steph, ICP Level 2 instructor and graduate A pony clubber with experience thru the 3 Star Level. She is part of the Waredaca staff, business team and co-owner of the Waredaca Brewing Company. Her younger sister, Devon, is a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy, currently practicing in Asheville NC.
Tim Murray (USA) – Assistant Technical Delegate
|Tim grew up fox hunting in Hamilton, Massachusetts, and began eventing in 1970. He has competed through the Intermediate level, but for the last 10 years has focused his riding efforts at buying and retraining OTTB’s. Tim’s wife, Jane, has competed through Advanced level and his daughter competed through the two star level while she was in school and before the “real world” hit her. His son wisely gave up the horse habit at age 14.
Tim has also been active in the administrative side of the sport, serving six years on the USEA Board of Governors and six years as a Trustee of the USEA Endowment Trust. For 10 years he co-chaired the USEA Young Rider’s Committee and is currently a member of the USEA Licensed Officials Committee. In his non-horse time, Tim is a Trust & Estates lawyer in Boston, MA.
Derek di Grazia (USA) – Course Designer
|Derek di Grazia lives in Carmel, California where he trains and coaches riders to the highest levels of Eventing. Di Grazia has been competing internationally since 1977 and won the Rolex Kentucky in 1985 aboard Sasquatch. He also represented the United States in the 1986 Eventing World Championships and has been short-listed for several Olympic teams. Di Grazia has designed courses all over the United States and Canada and assisted retired Course Designer Mike Etherington-Smith in 2009 and 2010 at both the Kentucky Three-Day Event, and the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Di Grazia’s philosophy toward course design is to use the natural terrain to create the appropriate questions for the level of competition. He stresses how important the design and placement of the obstacles are in maintaining the flow and rhythm of the course. Di Grazia looks forward every year to designing Cross-Country courses that turn horses into Champions.|
Richard Jeffery (GBR) – Jumping Test Designer
|Richard Jeffery, of Dorset, England, is no stranger to the Four-Star Three-Day Events. He has been involved with the jumping course at Badminton in England as an Assistant Stadium Designer in the early 90’s before taking over Rolex Kentucky since its first Four-Star event in 1998. Jeffery is also the stadium course designer at the Burghley Horse Trials in England, as well as the Eventing Show Jumping Advisor for the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). He is one of only 32 Four-Star-level FEI Show Jumping Course Designers in the world and designed the jumping course for the Eventing competition at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. He has also been awarded the Course Designer of the Year Award from the USEF on eight occasions. Jeffery takes inspiration for his courses from the “local horse farms and other landmarks that identify the Bluegrass area of Kentucky as the Thoroughbred breeding capital of the world.” Jeffery is also known for work as a Course Decorator.|
Eileen Pritchard-Bryan (USA) – FEI Chief Steward
|Eileen was born and raised in the state of Maryland as a horse crazy girl of non-horsey parents. As a teenager, she worked at a riding school in exchange for lessons and since she didn’t own a horse, she gladly rode any of the horses that were there for training. This proved to be exciting times as some horses arrived with little to no training and the working students took turns trying not to get bucked off! She was first introduced to Eventing in 1975 when she attended the Potomac Horse Center in Maryland for a “Junior Working Student” program.
Eileen has competed successfully in Eventing through the upper levels on horses that she made herself. She is a FEI Eventing Steward, Level 2, a USEF Eventing Technical Delegate and Eventing Judge as well as a USEA Future and Young Event Horse Judge. Additionally, she and her daughter Caitlin, age 25, have a small sporthorse breeding and raising program. Eileen lives in Maryland with her husband Bill and they have three grown children, Will, Caitlin and Kimball.
Karen Nyrop, D.V.M. (USA) – Veterinary Delegate
|Dr. Karen Nyrop is an equine veterinarian affiliated with Burwash Equine Services LTD in Calgary Alberta, Canada. Dr. Nyrop’s practice interests include English Sport Horse lameness and exercise physiology. As an FEI Veterinary Delegate and Treating Veterinarian, Dr. Nyrop has officiated at Eventing, Jumping and Dressage competitions in the United States and Canada since 1987. She has served on the Board of the United States Eventing Association and the American Association of Equine Practitioners and continues to serve on committees for the USEF, USEA , Equine Canada, and the AAEP. As a competitor, Dr. Nyrop rides in Eventing, Jumping and Dressage competitions.|
Anne Baskett, D.V.M. (USA) – Assistant Veterinary Delegate
|Dr. Anne Baskett DVM dipACVS is a surgeon and owner of Tryon Equine Hospital in Tryon NC. She graduated veterinary school from The University of Montreal and completed an equine surgical residency at The University of Georgia. She has over 15 years of experience as an FEI eventing, dressage and show jumping Veterinary Delegate, and has been involved for several years as selector veterinarian for the Canadian Eventing Team. She is currently acting as co-Veterinary Services Manager for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon NC 2018.|
Catherine W. Kohn, D.V.M. (USA) – Veterinary Services Manager
|Dr. Catherine Kohn has been interested in the sport of Eventing throughout her veterinary career. Dr. Kohn is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She is Board Certified in Large Animal Internal Medicine. She has been the veterinary delegate at many competitions in the USA, including the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Fair Hill international CCI Three-Star, the Radnor CCI Two-Star, and most recently, at the 2016 Quillota CIC Three-Star in Chile. Dr. Kohn was the President of the Veterinary Commissions for Eventing, Dressage, Para-dressage, and Driving at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Lexington, KY. She was a treating veterinarian at the 1978 Eventing World Championship in Lexington, KY and the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong. Dr. Kohn was a member of the United States Equestrian Federation Selection Committee for horses in international Competition from 1992 to 2012. Dr. Kohn was a member of the FEI’s Veterinary Committee from 2002 to 2004 and the FEI Horse Welfare Committee from 2005 to 2008. She is currently a member of the USEF Drug and Medications Committee and the Veterinary Committee.|
Kent Allen, D.V.M. (USA) – Treating Veterinarian
|Dr. Kent Allen currently resides in The Plains, Virginia. Dr. Allen received his veterinary degree from the University of Missouri in 1979. His practice, Virginia Equine Imaging, focuses on top-level sports medicine, lameness, and diagnostic imaging. Dr. Allen is certified by the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP) and serves as its Vice President and Executive Director. He also serves as the Volunteer Chairman of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Veterinary and Drug and Medications Committees. He has served as USEF Team Veterinarian in multiple roles in multiple disciplines and has served on the Board of Directors for USEF and United States Eventing Association (USEA). Dr. Allen is the National Head Veterinarian for the Federation Equestrian Internationale (FEI) for the United States and serves on the FEI Veterinary and List Committees. He has been the Foreign Veterinary Delegate (Veterinary Judge and Technical Delegate) in two Olympic Games, two Pan-Am Games and served as the Veterinary Services Manager at an Olympic and World Equestrian Games.|
Susan Johns, D.V.M. (USA) – Treating Veterinarian
|Dr. Susan Johns joined Virginia Equine Imaging in the spring of 2002, following graduation from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. For the past fourteen years, her career path has been focused on equine sports medicine and diagnostic imaging. She has served as a United States Equestrian Federation treating team veterinarian for both Eventing and Combined Driving. Dr. Johns is a member of the International Society for Equine Locomotor Pathology and is certified in veterinary acupuncture. For over ten years, she has been dedicated to the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships serving as a team treating veterinarian for multiple areas. Dr. Johns currently serves as the Head Veterinarian for the United States Eventing Team.|
Mary Fike (USA) – Chief Stable Manager
Mary Fike is the Manager and Owner of Harrington Mill Farm, an Eventing boarding and training facility in Shelbyville, KY. She has over thirty years of experience as professional manager of Horse Trials and other equine competitions. She served as Chief Stable Manager for the Olympic Games in Atlanta and was the Equine Services Coordinator for the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. She was responsible for all of the Quarantine arrangements and implementation at CVG as well as all stabling at the Kentucky Horse Park. Since 1983, she has been the Chief Stable Manager for The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. Currently, she organizes Spring Bay HT, Kentucky Classique HT and the Hagyard MidSouth CCI One-Star and Team Challenge. She has also served as the Eventing Discipline Director of the FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships since its move to the Kentucky Horse Park. Along with the role of Organizer/Director, Fike is an FEI Eventing Steward and a USEF Licensed Cross-Country Course Designer and is responsible for designing, directing and implementing the Cross-Country Courses for those competitions. She has served on the Mid-South Dressage and Eventing Board of Directors since 1986 and has been its President for the past eight years.