Meet the Committee Chair – Chris Trentelman, USDF By-Laws Committee

Chris Trentleman

What is your committee’s mission?

To make any revisions to the By-Laws as become necessary or are determined to be necessary.

How long have you been on this committee?

25+ years I think. Have lost track

How long have you been the committee chair?

15+ years with a 3 year hiatus

How did you get involved in the sport of dressage?

Through my wife, Charlotte Trentelman, who is now a USEF “S” judge. When she started riding, I got dragged along to the horse shows as support staff.

How did you get involved with USDF?

Again, Charlotte brought me along as she got involved and since I hate just sitting around, I started attending meetings.

How did you get involved in the committee?

Being a lawyer, it was kind of a given that I could do some work here.

What is your favorite part of being involved with this committee?

I enjoy the people on the committee and the discussions.

What unique qualifications made you an expert in the committee’s area?

A logical mind and a willingness to do the job.

What has been your committee’s greatest accomplishment, or what do you hope to accomplish during your tenure? 

Keeping the changes to a minimum. My philosophy is “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

Please share a little bit about yourself and your background.

Have practiced real estate and probate law in Ocala, FL for 45 years. Graduated from University of Florida.  Play golf, tend to our farm, and navigate for Charlotte in her carriage driving competitions.

Do you currently compete in dressage, or have you competed in the past?


Please share a favorite dressage-related memory. 

Back in the beginnings of the Florida Circuit (1980s), sharing time with Col. John Kimball and Klaus Fraesdorff. The good old days.

What horse impacted your love for the sport the most?

Condor, a small Holsteiner gelding we imported from Germany. Charlotte’s first good horse. Wish he had come later as she had to learn how to ride him and didn’t go as far as they could have.

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