Nick Burton (GBR) – CCI5*-L Ground Jury President
Nick is a former International Three-Day Event rider and British Team member. As an FEI International Judge, he officiated at the London Olympic Games 2012, Luhmuhlen European Championships 2011, and has judged at Badminton, Burghley, Adelaide, and Kentucky CCI5*s on numerous occasions, as well as the World Breeding Championships in Le Lion D’Angers, Young Rider, and Junior European Championships. Nick is also an international dressage judge as well as a judge, trainer, and examiner for British Dressage as well as a FEI Course Director for International Eventing officials. Nick was chairman of Senior Selectors and Director of International Teams for British Dressage 2008-2012, culminating in double Olympic gold medals at the London Olympic games 2015 – currently, Nick is Performance Manager to the Hong Kong Jockey Club for dressage and eventing. Nick was the president of the Ground Jury at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Christian Steiner (AUT) – 5*-L Ground Jury
Christian Steiner is 57 years old and living near Salzburg, Austria. His entire family is “horsey,” including his wife and daughter. Besides his work as managing director after his study of economics, he competed as an eventer for almost 25 years on his own horses. For the last several years he has been responsible for the education of Austrian judges for all horse sport sections, officiating as a national Judge up to Grand Prix in Dressage and Show Jumping and as a FEI eventing judge and technical delegate all over the world.
He has officiated at the World Championships for Young Horses, FEI Asian Games, European Championships for Ponies, Young Riders and Seniors and CCI5*-L in Badminton.
In 2022 he will officiate at 25 Events, including the CCI5*-L Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, Adelaide/AUS and the World Equestrian Gamess in Pratoni/ITA.
Gretchen Butts (USA) – 5*-L Ground Jury
Gretchen holds a master’s degree in Nursing, as well as one in Business Management/Human Resources. She spent 25 years as an Adult/Internal Medicine Nurse Practitioner while gaining her vast experience in eventing. Gretchen’s equestrian experience is broad: competed through the highest level of International Eventing; National Event Organizer at her home farm, Waredaca, since 1979; Level 3 FEI International Event Technical Delegate and Eventing Judge; USEF Equestrian Eventing S Technical Delegate and Eventing Judge; past member of the Board of Governors and USEA Vice President of Education; International Technical Official at the 2008 Olympic Games; Assistant Technical Delegate for the 2010 World Equestrian Games; and member of key USEA committees.
In her spare time, Gretchen is a runner, avid sailor with husband Robert on the Chesapeake and alpine hiker. They have 2 daughters, Steph, ICP Level 2 instructor and graduate A Pony Clubber with experience thru the 4-Star Level. She is part of the Waredaca staff and business team and co-owner of the Waredaca Brewing Company. Her younger sister, Devon, is a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy, currently practicing in Chicago.
Peter Gray (USA) – 4*-S Ground Jury President
Born in Bermuda, Peter has been a resident of Ontario, Canada, and Ocala, Florida, since completing studies at the University of Guelph, majoring in animal science. His training is diverse and Peter has a special interest in producing young horses in a variety of disciplines depending on where their talents lie. This has made him a popular clinician throughout North America preparing students for dressage, equitation, jumpers, and eventing. As a competitor, Peter has competed at most 4* international events in North America and Europe; he has competed in three Olympic Games, World Championships and is a Pan Am Eventing individual bronze medalist. In addition to his eventing career, Peter has produced four FEI dressage horses. Peter was national coach for Canada from 1996-2000, Young Rider Coach for Ontario 2009-2013, national coach for Venezuela, Guatemala, and Columbia. His experience as a competitor and coach has seated him on many boards and committees including the FEI Eventing Committee, Equestrian Canada High Performance Committee, and the USEA Board of Governors. In addition Peter was the FEI safety officer for Canada. He is currently active as a coach, dressage competitor, and international 5* judge and was most recently appointed to the Ground Jury for the 2022 Eventing World Championships.
Bea Di Grazia (USA) – 4*-S Ground Jury
Bea grew up in New Jersey, with parents who were involved in the horse industry. Her father, Read Perkins, worked in the family textile business, Joel S. Perkins and Sons. Her mother ran a riding stable. She taught lessons and brought the love of horses to everyone she could. Bea and her sister, Beth Perkins, were encouraged to spend all day exploring and playing from the back of their ponies.
To Bea, the best of times were those when the whole family could go off to an event together. Both of Bea’s parents rode up to the Advanced level. They had a lot of friends and everyone enjoyed competing.
During high school Bea competed in ski racing at Burke Mountain Academy in Vermont. The spring of her senior year she went to Upperville, VA, to be a working student for Jimmy Wofford. The following year she rode at Badminton.
Bea rode twice at Badminton. She also competed at Burghley, Boekelo, Luhmuhlen and Kentucky before marrying Derek di Grazia in 1981.
Derek and Bea coached the NAYRC Area 1 Young Rider Team when the competition was held at Flying Horse Stables in So. Hamilton, MA. During that time, their son Benjamin was delivered in the nearby hospital. The following year, 1984, they moved to California during the Los Angeles Olympics as the directors of the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center for the next nine years. Derek rode on the US team at the Gawler Australia World Championships late in May of 1986. Their son Perkin was born two months after they returned.
Bea has competed up to Grand Prix in dressage, recently earned her FEI level 2 event judge license, and it a S USEF event judge. She teach lessons from their farm in The Village of Carmel Valley and enjoys doing clinics and coaching when and wherever she is needed.
Charlotte Robson (USA) – Jumping Judge
Charlotte currently resides in Los Angeles, California. She began riding professionally at the age of 18 and competed both nationally and internationally for 14 years. She has been deeply involved in the hunter/jumper aspect of equestrian sports in a professional capacity since 1976. Charlotte 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. Charlotte was a senior member of the management team for the 1992 World Cup Finals, the 1998, 2000, and 2008 North American Young Rider Championships. In addition, she managed the Colorado Summer Circuit in Parker, CO, from 1993 through 2010. Sport governance is an important part of Charlotte’s professional life. She serves on various USEF and USHJA 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) – 5*-L Technical Delegate
Philip rode at the 4* level and has competed internationally for 25 years. Currently, he is the British Eventing Technical Advisor and Regional Coordinator, and is team manager for the British Nations Cup squads. Additionally, he has a Level 3 accreditation to coach for British Eventing, is an FEI 3/4* Technical Delegate and is also involved with officials CPD program. Philip and his wife Claire have two children.
Andrew Temkin (USA) – 4*-S Technical Delegate
A native of New York City, Andrew is from a non-horsey family but took up riding following his family’s move to California. Andrew competed in Young Riders and spent two years as a working pupil for Bea and Derek di Grazia at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center. Following a multi-year gap during graduate school and the start of his career as an attorney, Andrew returned to the sport, competing successfully through the 4* level. During this time, Andrew also served two terms on the USEA Board of Governors and the USEF Eventing Committee.
Andrew has officiated across the United States and globally, including the Badminton Horse Trials, the Land Rover Lexington Five Star, and the inaugural Maryland Five Star. Andrew also served as a Technical Official at the 2016 Rio and 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Sharyn Antico (USA) – Assistant Technical Delegate
Sharyn has played an active role in US Eventing for the last 25 years. She is the secretary and co-organizer for the Millbrook Horse Trials [MHT] and also the event secretary for the Carolina International. Sharyn holds a USEF ‘R’ Eventing Technical Delegate license. She is a recipient of the 2021 Haller Educational Scholarship, which is affording her the opportunity to obtain her FEI Eventing Technical Delegate license. Sharyn was actively involved with the USEA Area 1 Council from 2004 through 2021. She recently joined the USEA Board of Governors as the Vice President of Competitions. Sharyn is also a member of the USEF Eventing Sport Committee and the USEF Calendar Working Group.
Sharyn is the Executive Director of the American Horse Trials Foundation [AHTF], and works at the Mount Holyoke College Equestrian Center as the Marketing and Events Manager.
Sharyn was born and raised on her parents’ farm in Southwick, MA, where she lives today with her own family. She attended Midway College in KY, where she first found her passion for Eventing. Sharyn spent many years in the saddle, both competitively and for pleasure. However, in her free time she enjoys spending it with her two children, Jacob and Samantha. They are avid fans of all things outdoors, including skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer.
Derek di Grazia (USA) – Cross-country Test Course Designer
Derek lives in Carmel, CA, where he trains and coaches riders to the highest levels of Eventing. He has been competing internationally since 1977, winning the Rolex Kentucky Three-day Event 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. Derek has designed courses all over the United States and Canada and assisted retired course designer Mike Etherington-Smith in at the 2009 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, and the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Derek’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. Derek looks forward every year to designing cross-country courses that turn horses into champions.
Steve Stephens (USA) – Jumping Test Designer
A Florida native, Steve began riding and competing as a young boy. He later went on to train with the US Equestrian Team and to become a champion numerous times all over the world. He has won many events such as the Cleveland Grand Prix, American Gold Cup, AGA Championships, and the Grand Prix of Montreal. He has also been a member of many top-finishing Nations Cups teams in the United States, Italy, Belgium, and Mexico.
Studying and assisting course designers such as Dr. Arno Gego and Bertalan DeNemethy during World Cup finals and Olympic Games gave Steve a great platform early on in his career as a course designer. Steve is now a highly sought after course designer and was awarded the honor of course designing the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games alongside Leopoldo Palacios of Venezuela.
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 have a small sport-horse breeding and raising program.
Eileen lives in Maryland with her husband Bill and they have three grown children: Will, Caitlin and Kimball. When she’s not officiating, showing her young horses, or working as a human resources professional, she enjoys helping Bill restore classic muscle cars.
Fran Cross (USA) – Assistant FEI Steward
Fran began her career in Massachusetts, where she graduated from U MA – Amherst. She owned and operated King Oak Farm, a successful boarding, training, and sales facility. Since then, she has relocated to Ocala, FL, and operates a small boarding and sales facility. She now spends more time officiating than competing. Fran is a Level 2 FEI Steward in Eventing and Level 3 Steward in Dressage. She has officiated at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, Maryland 5* Event, World Equestrian Games in both Kentucky and Tryon, Pan Am Games in Peru and Toronto, and various other competitions both domestically and internationally. When not officiating, she enjoys “playing in the dirt” to make flowers grow and spending time with her husband, Tom and their Jack Russells.
Anne Baskett, D.V.M. (USA) – Veterinary Delegate
Anne 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 acted as co-Veterinary Services Manager for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, NC 2018.
Debbie Williamson, D.V.M. – Assistant Veterinary Delegate
Dr Debbie Williamson is a South Carolina native, now residing in Maryland where she has her veterinary practice, Williamson Equine Veterinary Associates and her horse farm.
Dr Williamson has been involved in the sport of Eventing for 30 years, both treating and for the last 20 years officiating. Her loves other than the sport of eventing include hiking, running, watersports, travel, and of course her dog and horses. Dr Williamson (Debbie) wishes all the competitors a very successful week!
Catherine W. Kohn, D.V.M. (USA) – Veterinary Services Manager
Catherine has been interested in the sport of eventing throughout her veterinary career. She is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and is Board Certified in Large Animal Internal Medicine. She has been the veterinary delegate at many competitions in the United States, including the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Fair Hill international CCI 3*, the Radnor CCI 2*, and most recently, at the 2016 Quillota CIC 3* in Chile. Catherine 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. She was a member of the US Equestrian Federation Selection Committee for horses in international competition from 1992 to 2012. She 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
Kent currently resides in The Plains, Virginia. He 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 US 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 US Eventing Association (USEA). Kent 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
Susan joined Virginia Equine Imaging in the spring of 2002, following graduation from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. For the past 14 years, her career path has been focused on equine sports medicine and diagnostic imaging. She has served as a US Equestrian Federation treating team veterinarian for both Eventing and Combined Driving. Susan is a member of the International Society for Equine Locomotor Pathology and is certified in veterinary acupuncture. For over 10 years, she has been dedicated to the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships serving as a team treating veterinarian for multiple areas. Susan currently serves as the Head Veterinarian for the US Eventing Team.