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
Nick Burton (GBR) – Ground Jury
David Lee (IRL) – Ground Jury
|David Lee has been involved with Eventing for over 35 years, in various roles. He has had considerable competitive experience in both Eventing and Dressage and has judged at the highest levels of the sport around the world including World Games, European Championships and many other CCI competitions. In additional to judging, he is involved in the training of both horse and rider from pony riders up to seniors. As a national TD and Steward for Eventing Ireland, he is involved in the training and education of officials. He is an active member of Dressage Ireland and Horse Sport Ireland and serves on the High Performance. He also has an interest in the breeding of Thoroughbreds and Sport horses. He is the current treasurer of the International Event Officials Club [IEOC], which represents all FEI Officials from around the world and a member of the European Equestrian Committee for Eventing.|
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.|
Tom Ryckewaert (BEL) – Technical Delegate
|Tom Ryckewaert currently lives in a little Belgian village called Ingooigem. Ryckewaert is a Sports Director at the Waregem Equestrian Sports Centre. At the Centre, he trains both riders and horses. Ryckewaert has evented at the International level and now, at National level with young horses. He is the Organizer and Course Designer of the CICO at Waregem and is involved in many competitions at the equestrian centre, including Dressage and Show Jumping. Ryckewaert is also a Clercq of Course at the Waregem Racetrack. He is currently an FEI Technical Delegate, CD Three-Star and Four-Star plus FEI Steward. Ryckewaert acts as a Course Director at FEI seminars as well.|
Andrew Bowles (NZL) – Assistant Technical Delegate
|Andy Bowles began riding in England at age five and continued to ride when his parents immigrated to New Zealand in the mid 1970’s. There he further pursued his passion for horses and progressed through pony club, earning himself a B certificate and becoming an instructor and examiner. Shortly after his days in Pony Club, Andy found the 3-Day Eventing and Fox Hunting scenes, which he excelled in until a professional career took president in his mid 20’s. At that time, he decided to put his riding career on hold to pursuit other areas of the sport, continuing to hunt for fun.
While he took a step back from Eventing as a competitor, Andy was encouraged to join the Technical Delegate ranks of the sport, having already been course designing at various pony club events. He was privileged to have Jennifer Millar as his initial mentor and gained his FEI Technical Delegate qualification at the age of 26, making him one of the youngest in the world to do so. Because of his love of the equestrian sport, Mr. Bowles later pursued becoming a National Judge and Course Designer in New Zealand, both titles he currently holds today in addition to his USEF “S” Eventing Technical Delegate license and FEI Steward qualification. He has officiated at events in England, Ireland, the United States, Canada, India and New Zealand at all levels. Highlights include being asked to serve as a Technical Delegate for the Central American and Caribbean Games, North American Junior Young Riders on numerous occasions and at the Junior European Championships in 2006. Throughout his years of experience, Andy has also enjoyed serving on multiple committees, and as the Chair of the New Zealand Eventing Technical Committee during its conception. Andy’s latest title is Organizer at the Virginia Horse Trials, having taken over from Brian and Penny at the end of 2014.
He currently lives with his wife Angela, who herself is an international rider and coach, on their farm just outside Fort Worth in Texas.
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) – Stadium Design
|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.
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Karen Winn (USA) – FEI Chief Steward
|Karen Winn grew up riding hunters in Princeton, New Jersey. She discovered Dressage and Eventing while in college at the University of Massachusetts and was hooked right away. Upon graduation with a degree in Animal Science, she moved to Lexington, Kentucky, where she taught riding at the University of Kentucky and Midway College. She was involved in many aspects of the Thoroughbred industry in Lexington and remained connect to the sport horse industry by showing in Eventing and upper-level Dressage- earning her USDF Bronze and Silver medals. Winn later returned to the University of Kentucky for a second degree in Accounting and has since worked with the American Hanoverian Society, the US Pony Clubs, and the American Saddlebred Horse Association. She currently works as the accountant for the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. Winn is a “R” Dressage Judge, an FEI Three-Star and Four-Star Eventing Judge, and one of the first licensed Western Dressage judges. She is also an Eventing Technical Delegate and FEI Eventing Chief Steward. Winn occasionally shows both her homebred Thoroughbred horse in Dressage and Eventing, and her Black and Tan Coonhounds in conformation, agility, and obedience.|
Jan Stephens (CAN) – Assistant Chief Steward
|Jan Stephens currently lives in Oakbank, Manitoba, Canada. Stephens has been working at the Kentucky Three-Day Event as a volunteer steward for 19 years. She is a Level 3 Eventing and Jumping Steward acting as Steward General in Canada for both disciplines. Stephens also works at Red Hills International Horse Trials, Fairhill International, and in 2015 was overall Chief Steward at the Pan American games in Toronto. She has also been Chief Steward at the Toronto Royal for the past 8 years. Stephens is an Eventing course director and has given courses in Lexington, Brazil, New Jersey, and in 2016 will be in England to give a course in Hartpury, United Kingdom.|
Catherine W. Kohn, D.V.M. (USA) – Veterinary Delegate
|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 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.|
Lisa M. Crump D.V.M. (USA) – Assistant Veterinary Delegate
|Dr. Lisa Crump has over thirty years of experience in equine clinical medicine. She holds a BS in Animal Science from Cornell University, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois and a specialized Master of Epidemiology from the University of Basel. Horses have always been in Dr. Crump’s life, and her early years were spent in the jumper ranks before she came to eventing as an amateur. Since 1989, Dr. Crump has officiated at events from Pony Club and Junior and Young Rider Championships to Olympic and World Equestrian Games. She has been working as a research scientist in the Human and Animal Health Unit at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel, Switzerland since 2010. The unit focuses on the “One health” concept and potential for integrated approaches to strengthen health systems and inform international health priorities. The main emphasis is zoonotic diseases and mobile populations in developing countries. Over the years, she has served in every official FEI veterinary role across the discipline of Eventing. Certainly, Rolex Kentucky features most prominently for her as a highly special event.|
Karen Nyrop, D.V.M. (USA) – Veterinarian
|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.|
Kent Allen, D.V.M. (USA) – Treating Veterinarian
|Dr. Kent Allen currently resides in The Plains, Virginia at Virginia Equine Imaging. 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 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.|