Show Management

David Distler, Manager

David began working at the Devon Horse Show in 1973 as a starter and part time announcer. He was asked to serve as Assistant Manager in 1985 and became Co-Manager in 1988. David has served as an official at show jumping events throughout the world. He became an FEI jumper judge in 1989, attaining an “O” rating (Level 4) in 2004. He has been FEI Steward General for Show Jumping in the U.S. since 1992. In 2005 through 2011 he was named the “Honorary” Steward General for Show Jumping by the FEI. From 2005 until 2017 he served as Chairman of the USEF Jumper Committee. He was USHJA Vice President of Jumping from 2013 through 2016, and is current serving as USHJA National Vice President.

David has been judging throughout the world since 1975. He has been a member of the Ground Jury at seven World Cup Finals (3 times as President). He was a member of the Ground Jury at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 Rio Olympics, the 2007 Rio Pan-American Games, and the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.

 

Additional highlights of his career include FEI Steward at the 2010 London Olympics; the World Cup Finals in Leipzig, Germany and s-Hertongenbosch, NED, a member of the Ground Jury at the Royal International Horse Show, London, England; Royal Dublin Horse Show, Ireland; Spruce Meadows Masters, Calgary, Canada; as well as other major shows throughout North America; Belgium; Ecuador; and Italy.

In addition to Devon, David’s many management credits include the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, KY, where he also served as Assistant Director of Competition, the National Horse Show (1988-1996), the Washington International Horse Show (since 2008), the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, and the USEF Talent Search Finals.

From 1988 through 2014, David held the position of either manager or coordinator of the U.S. Selection Trials for the Olympics, World Equestrian Games and Pan American Games. He was coordinator at the World Cup Finals in Tampa, Florida (1989) and the Atlanta Olympic Games (1996). In 1986 he became the Technical Coordinator for the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida (until 1998), and the Lake Placid Horse Show in New York.

David grew up in the New York metropolitan area, is married to Sharon, an RN, and lives in Norwalk, CT with their son, Liam.

Peter Doubleday, Manager

A native of Syracuse, NY, Peter grew up on the horse show circuit accompanying his father, Deacon Doubleday, who announced horse shows throughout the Northeast. A rider, teacher, braider, van driver, and stall mucker, Peter, after graduating from the University of Miami, followed in his father’s footsteps in 1972 and began announcing horse shows full time.

He has announced every major show, including Devon, Pennsylvania National, Washington International, Canada’s Royal Winter Fair, The National, Hampton Classic, World’s Championship Saddlebred Show, Walnut Hill Driving Competition and many more. He was the show jumping voice for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, the 1999 & 2015 Pan Am Games, and 8 World Cup Finals. Peter was also the production manager for the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Lexington, KY.  Peter joined the Devon management team in 1986. His current management duties also include the Pennsylvania National and the Royal Horse Show in Toronto. Additionally, Peter has provided television commentary on ESPN and Outdoor Life Network.  He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame. Peter is married to a high school chemistry teacher, Chrissie, and lives in Southern Pines, NC. Members of Chrissie’s family are attached to the horse show world and racing industry, with a Breeder’s Cup Turf Champion in 2005.