2018 Judges

  • President of the Jury: Ingmar De Vos

    FEI President

    Ingmar De Vos, holds degrees in political science, business administration and international and European law, and started his career as an advisor to the Belgian Senate. He joined the Belgian Equestrian Federation as managing director in 1990, and held the additional role of Secretary General from 1997 to 2011.

    During his time at the Belgian National Federation, Ingmar De Vos was chef de mission for the Belgian Equestrian Team at all FEI World Equestrian Games™ from 1990 to 2010 and at several Olympic Games. He was also Secretary General of the European Equestrian Federation from 2010, the year the organisation was formed, until 2011, when he joined the FEI. After three years as FEI Secretary General, Ingmar was elected as FEI President in December 2014. On 15 September 2017, Ingmar De Vos was elected an IOC member as an IF representative at the IOC session in Lima, Peru.

  • Juan-Carlos Capelli

    Longines Vice President, Head of International Marketing

    Born in an Italian-Spanish family, Juan-Carlos Capelli grew up in a multicultural environment which developed his curiosity for other countries and cultures. He spent his childhood in Tramelan in the “Jura Bernois”, a region almost entirely devoted to the watchmaking industry.

    After an apprenticeship in Tramelan, Juan-Carlos Capelli started his career at the Compagnie des Montres Longines Francillon SA in Saint-Imier (a few kilometres away from his home town) in 1990, in the Communication department. During his 25 years with Longines, Juan-Carlos Capelli has explored almost all the areas of Marketing, from events to advertising.

    In 2000, he graduated as Federally Certified Marketing Specialist. He became a member of the Enlarged Direction of Longines in 2002, and, the same year, was appointed as Advertising Manager. In 2007, further to his long and successful career in communication, Juan-Carlos became Longines’ Head of International Marketing and Member of the Longines Management board. Finally, he has been appointed Vice-President in 2010.

  • Isabell Werth

    International Dressage Athlete

    Born in Sevelen, Isabell grew up on the family farm and already began riding ponies at the age of five. Completing her law degree, she then started her professional career as a lawyer. In 2001 she moved on to working in the marketing department for one of her sponsors for four years, before deciding to become independent and set up her own Dressage training stable in Rheinberg. Besides her active working days, Isabell assisted in the development of the Bates Isabell Dressage Saddle, which is sold worldwide. She has also produced a sportswear collection that specialises in horse riding clothing. She featured in a computer game called 'Isabell Werth: Equestrian' and has worked as an ambassador for the Christoffel Mission for the Blind.

    Nicknamed the Dressage queen, Isabell Werth is one of the most successful equestrian dressage riders in history. Throughout her career, she won 10 Olympic medals and 12 World Championship medals.

  • Sylvie Robert

    President of GL events Equestrian Sport
    President of Equita Longines, le Salon du Cheval de Lyon

    Sylvie Robert has been riding since her early childhood. Her mother was an amateur rider and gave to two of her children, Sylvie and Olivier, the passion of horses. Sylvie Robert joined the GL events group in 1987, after medical studies. She discovered and learned everything about event organisation and exhibition sectors within the group. The first edition of Equita in 1995 had an undeniable popular success. Since then and with time, this yearly meeting has grown in size and scope hosting their first CSI 5* in 2005, and became part of the FEI World Cup™ Jumping and FEI Dressage World Cup™ circuits in 2009. Sylvie Robert and her team have organised the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final and FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals twice - first in Lyon in 2014 and just last year in 2018.

  • Sheik Khalid Bin Abdulla Al Khalifa

    FEI 1st Vice President and Chair of Group VII

    His Excellency Sheik Khalid Bin Abdulla Al Khalifa is a former Military Officer with 26 years of service experience and now retiring as a Commander at the Royal Bahrain Air Force Training Academy. Throughout his professional career, he has been involved at a senior level in international sports clubs and committees for motorsports, Jumping and Endurance. His career as a sports administrator and endurance judge began in 1987. Occupying diverse roles in equestrian, in 2006 he became FEI Chairman for Regional Group VII and Vice-president of the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation in 2009.

  • Mona Tep

    President of the Cambodian Equestrian Federation

    Immersed in sport from childhood, Mona practised sports from the youngest age.

    As she fled Cambodia with her family at the age of seven, Mona grew up between France and Canada where she discovered equestrian sport. She holds a College degree in Marketing and a Master degree in Communication. When she returned to Cambodia, Mona wished to share her knowledge in every possible way.

    Internationally recognised business leader with over 20 years of experience in public and private sectors Mona became Secretary General of the Cambodian Federation in 2014 and President in 2016. In parallel to her career, she volunteered to help develop sustainable youth programs starting with orphanage centres and sport (tennis) sector.

  • Murray Kessler

    President of US Equestrian

    Murray S. Kessler is an American businessman who has worked in the food and tobacco industries. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Villanova University and a Master's in Business Administration in Marketing and Finance from the New York University Stern School of Business. He is currently Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of Perrigo Company. Murray started riding at the age of 13 and actively competed at a high amateur level in Jumping.

    Since 2017 he is the President of the United States Equestrian Federation.