Maribel Alonso de Quinzaños of Mexico on Wednesday was elected chair of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Dressage Committee and the Executive Board of the governing body of several global horse sports including the Olympic disciplines of dressage, eventing and jumping.
Maribel, 64, was elected to a four-year term with an overwhelming majority of 67 votes out of a total of 102 cast at the FEI general assembly in Antwerp, Belgium. She was the choice of the FEI to succeed Frank Kemperman who had been chair for 13 years of the six-member committee that decides the future direction of dressage.
Maribel a FEI 5* judge and former member of the committee, beat back challenges from Martin Richenhagen, a German-American equestrian and businessman who lives in the Atlanta community of Alpharetta, Georgia who received 23 votes, and Ulf Helgstrand, president of the Danish federation, with eight votes.
Great Britain’s Peter Storr was selected by the Executive Board to succeed fellow Briton Andrew Gardner for a term of four years. The board bypassed the United States’ Gary Rockwell, a top ranked international 5* judge who officiated at Olympics and World Cup Finals and was on the U.S. team that took bronze at the 1994 world championships, and Dutch 4* judge Maarten van der Heijden.
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