Rost Passes Away
C. Rost, DVM, 78, of Branchville, NJ, the 1996 recipient of the
AHSA Lifetime Achievement Award and an all around jumping authority,
Thursday, November 28, after a long illness.
as a horse show fixture, having dedicated himself for nearly 40
years to innovative horse show management, as well as to maintaining
an active show stable with his daughter, Robin, Rost ran the Washington
International Horse Show during its infancy. He also managed the
Sussex Farm & Horse Show and ran the Fairfield Horse Show
for 40 years. He was one of the first professional course designers
in the United States, designing courses at the National Horse
Show and other large shows and was inducted into the Show Jumping
Hall of Fame in 1994. His innovations paved the way for the use
of metal jump cups, wing standards, measured distances and electric
timers. He was a fixture on many USA Equestrian Committees, ranging
from Drugs and Medications to Licensed Officials and was the 1989
recipient of the AHSA Walter B. Devereaux Award for Sportsmanship.
President of the National Federation, Alan F. Balch commented,
"Doc Rost was a giant of the sport and his leadership and
innovation will inspire us to follow his example for a long, long
time to come."
is survived by his daughter, show jumper Robin Fairclough of Newton,
NJ, her husband, World Equestrian Games driving medalist Jimmy
Fairclough, two grandsons, James II and Ryan, and a sister Marjorie
Dehls of South Carolina.
will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, December 3, at 11:30 AM, at the
Smith McCracken Funeral Home in Newton, NJ and viewing from 2:00
- 4:00 PM and 7:00 - 9:00 PM today. Contributions in Rost's memory
may be made to the N.J. Professional Horsemen's Association, Box
367, Whitehouse Station, NJ,
08889 or the Branchville Fire Department, Box 2425, Branchville,
Equestrian Inc., as the National Equestrian Federation of the
U.S., is the regulatory body for the Olympic and World Championship
sports of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, reining, show
jumping, and vaulting, as well as 19 other breeds and disciplines
of equestrian competition. As
the country's largest multi-breed organization, the Federation
has over 80,000 members and recognizes more than 2,800 competitions
nationwide each year. It governs all aspects of competition, including
educating and licensing all judges, stewards, and technical delegates
who officiate at these shows.
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sport in the United States of America, promoting the pursuit of
excellence from the grass roots to the Olympic Games, based on
a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its
horses, and embracing this vision, to be the best national equestrian
federation in the world.