Mrs. Elisabeth Guertler, the Managing Director of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, has joined the LANA Board of Directors.
It is an understatement to say that Mrs. Guertler is a remarkable and accomplished woman. She is an experienced equestrienne and was a member of the Austrian Dressage Team before retiring from riding. For many years she was Chair of the Vienna Opera Ball. Mrs. Guertler and her family own and manage the Hotel Sacher in Vienna and Hotel Sacher in Salzburg. She continues to enlarge and expand the family holdings of this prestigious and elegant hotel business.
LANA has always maintained a strong international profile. We continue our close relationship with the Spanish Riding School and the Piber Stud Farm, as well as with the Lipizzan International Federation (LIF). LANA, through its original organization, the Lipizzan Association of America, was the first American Lipizzan organization recognized by the Lipizzan International Federation. LANA's studbook is the only USA or North American book recognized by the LIF.
The current LANA Board now has three Directors who are tied closely to the Spanish Riding School in Vienna:
- former Director Jaromir Oulehla (who served as Director from 1983 to 2001),
- current Director Elisabeth Guertler (who assumed management of the School in 2007),
- former First Chief Rider Johann Riegler.
We are all very excited that Mrs. Guertler has chosen to join LANA in supporting and perpetuating the Lipizzan breed across North America. We will all benefit from her valuable advice and guidance.