Carl-Heinz “Charly” Boess, FEI International Eventing Judge, FEI Technical Delegate and Jumping course designer, died suddenly on 5 August aged 58.
Born on 14 October 1954, in Lauf an der Pegnitz near Nuremberg (GER), he started his Eventing career early. During 1976 and 1977, he completed his military service at the Armed Forces’ Sports School in Warendorf, where the German Equestrian Federation is also headquartered.
He then took up business administration studies, completing the professional rider apprenticeship, the Pferdewirt Schwerpunkt Reiten, at the end of which he won the prestigious Stensbeck Award.
Boess went on to run his own yard in Fürth-Oberfürberg (GER). Having focused on Eventing, he then competed on the Jumping circuit until the mid-1990s.
In 1999, he judged his first international Eventing competition in Brunnthal, in the district of Munich (GER), and has since worked as an FEI International Judge, FEI Technical Delegate and Steward at numerous international events.
“Charly Boess was one of the most active German officials in Eventing. In particular, he rendered outstanding services as a development aid worker at many East European and South American events. We will miss him dearly”, said Friedrich Otto-Erley, deputy manager of the German Olympic Committee for Equestrian Sports (DOKR).
Catrin Norinder, FEI Director of Eventing & Olympic, said: “Charly Boess carried out amazing work for the FEI, both as a Judge and Technical Delegate. He was also known for supporting the values of Eventing and helped to develop the sport in Europe and South America. He will be sadly missed on the Eventing circuit and our thoughts are with his family and friends.”
The FEI expresses its sincere condolences to Charly Boess, his family and extensive circle of friends, to the German Equestrian Federation and to the international Eventing community.
The funeral will be held on Wednesday, 14 August at 11.00 at the Erlangen Central Cemetery, Michael-Vogel-Strasse 4, D 91052 Erlangen, Germany.