Capt. John H. “Jack” Fritz, a man deeply devoted to furthering equestrian sport in the United States, passed away on the morning of Feb. 9.
Fritz was a founding member of the U.S. Combined Training Association (now U.S. Eventing Association) and served in the leadership. He chaired the founding meeting of the U.S. Dressage Federation. He got involved with U.S. Pony Club two years after its inception and helped shape its educational and competitive programs. He served as chairman of the American Horse Shows Association (now U.S. Equestrian Federation) combined events and dressage committee and served as vice president and secretary of the U.S. Equestrian Team for more than 20 years.
His efforts also helped create the three-discipline format of the North American Young Riders Championships.
Fritz was a USEF-licensed dressage and technical delegate for more than 25 years as well as an active FEI-licensed dressage and eventing judge.