German dressage coach Holger Schmezer died April 19 in his hotel room at ‘s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands while coaching for the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Finals. He was 65.
Mr. Schmezer, the son of a naval officer, began riding in modern pentathlons at age 15. Although he initially focused on jumping and eventing, he transitioned to dressage and spent four years training with Willi Schultheis. In 1980 he turned professional and won more than 100 national competitions.