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!
Christian Landolt (SUI) – Ground Jury President
Sue Baxter (GBR) – Ground Jury
Having previously evented at 4 Star level she has been judging at International Events for over 20 years. Sue is a registered trainer for British Dressage and enjoys training riders for dressage, some who are working towards Grand Prix and others for Eventing. She is also a Tutor Judge, training other judges for British dressage.
Sue lives in the North East of Scotland with her husband Nick where they have a farming and development business. Her daughter Tally is a Graphic Designer for a Sports Advertising Agency in London and son Ewan is studying Aerospace Engineering at Bath University.
Schooling her pupils’ horses helps with maintaining the feel and keeping fit. Family skiing holidays are her other great passion.
Jane Hamlin (USA) – Ground Jury
|Jane Hamlin is an active event and dressage rider, trainer and coach based at Pirouette Farm in Norwich, Vermont in the northeast portion of the USA. Her positive attitude with an emphasis on teaching good basics has produced successful riders at the beginner level through the Olympic level. She enjoys teaching both adult amateurs as well as young riders and is a popular clinician. In addition to riding and teaching Jane maintains her FEI 3*** /4 **** judge’s license as well as USEF national event and dressage judge’s license.
Her judging career includes such exciting jobs as judging at Adelaide 4*event in Australia , the 6 and 7 year event horse championships at Le Lion d’angers in France and the European YR Championships at Montelibretti. Italy. This year Jane is excited to be included on the ground jury of both Land Rover Kentucky and the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, NC.
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.|
Robert Stevenson (USA) – Assistant Technical Delegate
|Robert “Bobby ” Stevenson. A Licensed FEI 3/4 Star Eventing Judge, FEI 1/2Star Eventing Technical Delegate, Senior USEF Eventing Judge, Senior USEF Eventing Technical Delegate and FEI Eventing Steward. After growing up in Wyoming, graduating from the University of Wyoming, and then working for the Federal Reserve Bank out of college. I moved to Southern Pines, NC where I ran a successful training and competition barn for over 20 years. I now split my time between Wyoming and North Carolina training difficult and misunderstood horses, Officiating, and Teaching Yoga.|
John Williams (USA) – Assistant Technical Delegate
|John Williams comes to us from Mendon, NY. He has a long history in the world eventing as a rider, trainer, course designer and technical delegate. As a rider and competitor, he earned a Bronze Medal in the Olympics (Athens, 2004), a Gold Medal in the World Equestrian Games (2002) and competed at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event 3 times (2002, 2004, 2006).
John earned his BA from the School of American Crafts at the Rochester Institute of Technology specializing in woodworking and furniture design. Little did his professors know that he’d put his skills to work, not on furniture, but on designing and building cross-country jumps.
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.|
Tom Ryckewaert (BEL) – FEI Chief Steward
|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.|
Eileen Pritchard-Bryan (USA) – Assistant FEI 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.
Janis Linnan (USA) – Assistant FEI Steward
|Janis has extensive competition, officiating and managerial experience in the International Disciplines of Dressage and Eventing. She currently officiates as an FEI Level 3 Eventing Judge, USEF “R” Dressage Technical Delegate, and as an FEI Chief Steward in Dressage, Eventing and Para Dressage. Janis officiated as an USEF “R” Eventing Technical Delegate for over 10 years and is currently serving as Chair of the US Eventing Licensed Officials Committee, sits on the Board of Governors for the USEA and is the United States Steward General in Eventing for the FEI.
Janis has spent her whole life enjoying her horses, which includes fox hunting and breeding Trakehners and Thoroughbreds as well as competing in the Dressage Court and on the Eventing Circuit. Through clinics and under private instruction, Janis’ students have successfully competed through the International Levels of Dressage and the CCI 4* Level in Eventing.
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.|
Lisa M. Crump, V.M.D. (USA) – Veterinary Control
|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.|
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