Hamel, MN - Equestrian sport lost an influential talent and dedicated supporter on Friday evening. Lloyd Landkamer, 60, died at his home, Brandywine Farm, in Hamel, MN, after a battle with colon cancer. Landkamer was integral in the success of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in Wellington, FL, as well a beloved member of the national and international dressage community.
"The equestrian world has lost an amazing person," said Mark Bellissimo, CEO of Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP). "Lloyd was instrumental in many events across the country and was a critical member of our team at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival. We will all miss his energy and enthusiasm for the sport he loved so well." As a result of Landkamer's dedication to AGDF as its show manager, ESP has named the first CDI of the 2016 AGDF season, set to run Jan. 14-17, the Lloyd Landkamer Memorial CDI-W.
Landkamer served as a manager, secretary, technical delegate, FEI steward, mentor and educator to many in the sport. While he is best known as manager of the dressage and para-equestrian competitions at the World Equestrian Games in 2010, NAJYRC, USEF Festival of Champions, and USEF Young Horse Championships, he was also a consummate volunteer, having served on the USDF Executive Board, USEF Dressage Committees, USEF Para Technical Committee and numerous other USEF and USDF committees. He was named USDF Volunteer of the Year in 2002. As a USEF and FEI official, he has served as a USEF Steward, USEF Technical Delegate and FEI Chief Dressage Steward.
There was a moment of silence observed for Landkamer at the Rolex Central Park Horse Show on Saturday evening preceding the U.S. Open $75,000 Dressage Freestyle, presented by Axel Johnson Group.
Fellow manager at AGDF, Thomas Baur, noted, "Today I am filled with deep sadness over the passing of Lloyd. Lloyd was not simply a colleague, he was a very special friend and was the heart of dressage in Wellington and beyond. His spirit will remain with us and his legacy will live on." Everyone at Equestrian Sport Productions mourns the loss of their friend and colleague.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Lloyd's memory can be made to the American Cancer Society. Contact information for the society is 1-800-227-2345, P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 and earmarked for colon cancer research.
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