In Memoriam: Breido Graf zu Rantzau

07. Nov 2022 / Category: News

Breido Graf zu Rantzau Photo: Jacques Toffi

The EEF expresses its deepest condolences following the loss of  Breido Graf zu Rantzau, aged 73. The Honorary President of the German Equestrian Federation died on November 6, following a battle with cancer.

Graf zu Rantzau was a hugely influential figure in the equestrian world, having served more than 20 years at the German Federation as vice president (2001-2005) and then president (2005-2021).

Graf zu Rantzau’s enthusiasm for equestrian spanned his whole lifetime, gaining success as a junior in both dressage and jumping before committing fully to Jumping with several appearances in Nations Cups teams. As a breeder, he registered more than 60 competition horses, some of whom gained international acclaim and he used his knowledge to give back, working as the first chairman of the Holsteiner Breeding Association (1986-2007) and the vice-president of the WBFSH, the world association of riding horse breeding organizations (1999-2005).

Graf zu Rantzau received many awards for his services over the years, including the City of Aachen Prize (2013), the Peace Rider Prize of the Westphalian Riding Association of 1835 (2013) and the Meteor Prize (2017).

EEF President Theo Ploegmakers said, “Breido was an equestrian in his heart and soul. His integrity was well known and he worked tirelessly to make changes and bring forward new actions to improve our sport. His character, his laughter and his presence will be greatly missed.”