Meet the Committee Chair – Jean Kraus, Technical Delegates Committee

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What is your committee’s mission?

Goals

  1. Provide educational programs for technical delegates and aspiring technical delegates.
  2. Review United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) rules and rule change proposals.
  3. Establish regular contact with all technical delegates through regional coordinators.
  4. Establish a dialog between the Competition Management Committee and the Technical Delegates Committee in order to encourage show managers to use technical delegates as a resource.

Objectives

  1. Continue to promote the Veronica Holt Award Fund, and continue to work with The Dressage Foundation to establish new grant application parameters.
  2. Identify additional means to make education accessible to dressage technical delegates, as well as ways to make educational materials available to competitors and competition management.

How long have you been on this committee?

Since 2012.

How long have you been the committee chair?

Two years

How did you get involved in the sport of dressage?

I used to event and developed my interest from that perspective.

How did you get involved with USDF?

I have observed the USDF from its earliest development and appreciate all that it has, and currently does, accomplish for dressage in this country. Over the years, I have tried to contribute in any way I could to this effort.  

How did you get involved in the committee?

I was asked to serve on the Committee and did so for many years before becoming the Chair.  

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

Working on improving all things TD!

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

I am a Level 3 FEI Dressage Steward, as well as a USEF ‘R’ TD and ‘R’ Steward. I have been a TD for 36 years and have served on many USEF committees and several USDF committees. That experience has really helped me in my current chair position.

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

We have created several new tools for TD’s use in the field and are working on more.

Please share a little bit about yourself and your background.

I am currently a tenured professor in Equine Studies at William Woods University. Having served as a USEF licensed official since 1984, I am currently a FEI Level 3 Chief Steward, USEF R Technical Delegate and a USEF R C2 Steward. I have officiated at such events as the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina in 2018 and Kentucky in 2010 and Rolex World Cups in Las Vegas. I am currently, or have in the past, served on the USEF Dressage Committee, the USDF Regional Championships Committee, the USEF Stewards and Technical Delegate Committee, the USEF C2 Stewards Task Force and am currently the chair of the USDF TD Committee.

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

Not currently but in the past, yes.

Please share a favorite dressage-related memory.

I have so many that it is impossible to narrow it down to one.

What horse impacted your love for the sport the most? 

Originally it was Hilda Gurney and Keen. I still idolize Hilda Gurney and all that she has done for dressage in the United States.

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