The USEA is delighted to announce that Doug Payne, 33, of Aiken, South Carolina has been appointed to the USEA Board of Governors and will begin his term of service immediately. Doug graciously agreed to fill the seat left by Jack Leary, who passed away April 25.
The passing of Jack Leary left a huge hole on the USEA Board due to Jack’s willingness to serve the sport in many capacities, but most importantly as a representative of the Eventing Licensed Officials, who are vital the sport. As a Judge and Technical Delegate himself, Doug will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the USEA, not only in his capacity as an official but for many of the other talents he possesses. Doug, an active athlete competing at the highest levels of Eventing, also competes in Grand Prix Show Jumping and at the Intermediare level in Dressage. With Jim Wofford he produced the video “The Rider’s Eye,” and authored The Riding Horse Repair Manual, which he wrote to help riders at all levels work through some of the training problems they were facing with their horses.
Doug graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, the background of which makes him a valuable member of the USEA’s Course Design and Fence Construction Safety Task Force. Doug and his wife Jess are currently building a new facility at their recently-acquired property in Rougemont, North Carolina.