Program and Announcement Bios
We are happy to provide biographies in two lengths. A longer version for use in programs and a shorter version for announcements.
Short Version for Announcers
Axel Steiner (USEF "S", FEI 5*) has been involved with Dressage all his life. As a judge and teacher for over 40 years he has been part of the growth of Dressage in the USA and in many countries around the world. He hopes to continue judging and teaching for many years to come.
Long Version for Programs
Axel Steiner was born and grew up in Wiesbaden, Germany, where he started riding as a youngster. His first show was the famous Wiesbaden CDI, where he showed in Dressage Seat Equitation at the age of nine. He later attended the well known dressage meccas of the Reitinstitut von Neindorff and Warendorf.
In 1961, Axel emigrated to the US (San Antonio,Texas) to join the Air Force. While waiting to be accepted and thereafter while stationed in Texas he started teaching basic horsemanship and dressage. During these early days, he also competed throughout the Southwest on the horses of the US Modern Pentathlon team. In 1968, Axel received his first judging credentials, and he has been judging and teaching ever since. Even when his military duties took him to locations throughout the US and foreign countries, horses were always a part of his life. His skills and unfailing eye were recognized by riders and officials alike, and he was promoted quickly through the many judges' classifications. An FEI "O" (now 5*) judge since 1988, he has judged Olympics, World Cup Finals, Pan American Games, and many other championships here in the US and throughout the world. Along the way, he participated in the founding of the USDF in 1973, became a member of the USDF "L" faculty since the inception of the program, and has been a long-time member of the USEF Dressage Committee.
Axel balances his judging duties with teaching and clinics around the country, which keep him "in touch" and appreciative of the look and feel from both "A" and "C". Axel retired from the US Air Force as a Lt/Col. He has a son, a daughter, and three grandchildren, and in 2000 he married the well known photographer and painter Terri Miller. They now live happily in Lake San Marcos, which is just north of San Diego.
Biography for Download
Terri Miller-Steiner Bio
Terri has photographed and painted the equestrian world for more than 30 years, since her days at New York's School of Visual Arts. A rider for many years, she jokes that she now spends too much time riding interstates, airplanes and computer chairs to get into the saddle regularly.
She has won many awards for her photography, including twice winning the Dressage World Cup press photo contest sponsored by Offield Farm. Her photos continually appear in a host of magazines, and she has been the official photographer for the most prestigious dressage shows in the country.
Terri's paintings have graced the covers of magazines as well. Her "Oneness" watercolors, published as commemorative posters for the Barcelona Olympics, instantly sold out. Recently her work has been juried into exhibitions at the San Diego Maritime Museum and the Museum of the Horse. Her portrait of the Iron Spring Farm stallion Roemer hangs on permanent display at the USDF Hall of Fame in Lexington, KY.
When she and Axel are not traveling, they ballroom dance, and play tennis with their terrier Tinto who acts as ball retriever.
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