Equestrian Legends Episode 14 – Max Ammann

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Max Ammann is the co-founder of the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists in 1974.  He has also served as President of the Swiss press Association and was awarded a Gold Medal for World Cup Jumping, Equestrian personality of the Year by the International Jumping Riders Club.

Equestrian Legends Episode 14 – Show Notes and Links:

  • Show Host: Chris Stafford, follow Chris on Twitter
  • Photo Courtesy of Max Ammann
  • Guest: Max E. Ammann was born on October 18, 1938 in Ermatingen, Switzerland.  The eldest of seven children his family used horses on their farm near the German border, which presented him with an opportunity to ride and drive at an early age, and whilst the rest of Europe was engaged in World War II.  His career began in commerce and moved to journalism during which time he was Chief Editor of the Luzerner Tagblatt, Swiss American Review and L’Annee Hippique. He served as Foreign Correspondent in New York for Swiss, German and Austrian newspapers during which time his attention switched to equestrian sports coverage. Max was the co-founder and first President of the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists in 1974 which he saw as a need to improve relations with horse show organizers, a role which he put into practice as Press Officer for numerous international shows including six Olympic Games, World Equestrian Games and World Cups amongst others. He has also served as President of the Swiss press Association. As an organizer himself he founded and advised international shows and served on multiple committees. He was instrumental in founding the FEI World Cup Series for Jumping and Driving and also the World Breeding Foundation and International Jumping Riders Club. He continues to serve as a member of the FEI Appeals Jury for several European shows. As an historian, Max has published the History of the Equestrian events at the Olympic Games 1912-2008 and the History of World, Continental and Regional FEI Championships. His lifelong love of art has involved him in the Foundation for Naive and Outsider Art in Saint Gallen, Switzerland and he is the author of four books on Art in German. Max was awarded a Gold Medal for World Cup Jumping, Equestrian personality of the Year by the International Jumping Riders Club and Press Officer of the Year by the IAEJ. The Max E. Ammann Trophy is awarded annually to the winner of the Jumping World Cup Qualifier at the Helsinki International Horse Show.  Max and his wife Korine live in Bern, Switzerland and have three children and two grandchildren.

 

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