German eventing has lost an important figure: Hilarius Simons. A few days ago, the former head of the team and DOKR Committee Chairman passed away at the age of 93.
At three Olympic Games, 1972 in Munich, 1976 in Montreal and 1984 in Los Angeles, he was the man at the side of the German eventers as head of the team. Hilarius Simons, successful himself in all equestrian disciplines and holder of the Golden Riding Badge, steered the fortunes of the German riders as Chairman of the DOKR Eventing Committee for 16 years, from 1969 to 1985.
For another 15 years, until 2001, he remained connected to the sport as an executive board member of the German Riders and Drivers Association (DRFV). He always promoted classical riding, to him eventing was the ultimate performance test for the well-trained horse. Together with the Westphalian Federation President Ernst-August Delius, he introduced cross country tests in 1983. For his services, Simons was awarded the German Equestrian Cross in silver (1968) and gold (1987) by the German Equestrian Federation (FN).
Source St. GEORG