Axel Steiner to be Inducted Into the USDF Hall of Fame

Friday, June 28, 2019
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Axel Steiner is a USEF ‘S’ and retired FEI 5* Judge, having served as such for numerous Olympics, World Cup Finals, and Pan American Games. Born and raised in Wiesbaden, Germany, Axel immigrated to the United States in 1961, to join the Air Force. While there he started teaching basic horsemanship and dressage.

In addition to becoming the first American judge to gain the FEI 5* classification, Axel is also one of the founders of USDF and has dedicated himself to the sport by having served as a member of USDF’s L Faculty since its inception, a longtime member and three-year chair of the USDF Judges Committee, and a member of the USEF Dressage Committee, including sub-committees dedicated to Test Writing, Rules, Young Horse, and Judge Education.

Axel has also authored numerous articles for publications such as USDF ConnectionDressage Today, and The Chronicle of the Horse, as well as providing the forewords to several books. His wealth of knowledge and expertise, along with his contributions to the sport, only begin to scratch the surface of why Axel is so deserving of this induction.

USDF would like to congratulate both Axel and Jane Savoie on their induction, and thank them for all of the contributions that they have made, and continue to make, to dressage in the US. For more information on the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame, please visit the USDF website at