At the FN Annual Congress in Fulda (GER), an era comes to an end: After 16 years in office, Breido Graf zu Rantzau is stepping down as President of the German Equestrian Federation. During the festive evening, the FN thanked him for his services with the highest award, the gold Reiterkreuz with diamonds. So far only four Germans have received this award: jumping rider Hans Günter Winkler, dressage rider Liselott Linsenhoff, former FN President Graf Landsberg-Velen and Madeleine Winter-Schulze. Graf zu Rantzau is the third president of the FN since its reorganization in 1968. He was first elected vice-president sport in 2001 and succeeded Dieter Graf Landsberg-Velen and Jürgen Thumann four years later. He was certainly not the big figurehead for the outside world, not a posh man for the stage in Berlin or Frankfurt, the business administration graduate says of himself. “On the contrary, I was and am one of you.” The Holsteiner native was an active jumper himself until he was 60. He was also successful in breeding. Horse breeding also earned him, among other things, the vice-presidency of the World Federation of Riding Horse Breeding Organizations from 1999 to 2005. In his tenure at the FN, Graf zu Rantzau has meant a lot to German equestrian sports.