Dr. Sam Eidt (Ite)
Dr. Eidt has been a licensed veterinarian for over 35 years and operates the Huntsville Animal Clinic in Huntsville, Alabama. He has been an ATA member for 25 years. He has been a member of the Inspection Committee since 1990 and served as chairman of the Inspection Committee from 2007-2010. Sam is also a past President of the American Trakehner Association. He and his wife Lucia stood the stallion Garibaldi by Consul for a number of years in Toney, Alabama. Dr. Eidt has presented a number of sessions on the laws of genetics, horse health and horse conformation at the ATA's annual meetings over the years.
Rhea Gibble is an accomplished FEI dressage rider. She has also been very successful with both hunters and jumpers in her riding career. Her success has been almost exclusively with Trakehner horses and she's won, as rider, more than 12 ATA Horse of the Year Awards, the Foerderverein Award and the Gerda Friedrichs Award. Ms. Gibble is the Comptroller of the
Pender Veterinary Centre. Ltd
in Fairfax, Virginia, and resides in Middleburg, Virginia. She has been an ATA inspector for 10 years . She has been a member of the ATA for 30 years. Her riding experience and skill in inspecting has been an asset to the Inspection team. She is the daughter of ATA distinguished member, Helen Gibble.
Mr. Kerbs is the President of the ATA, has been a member of the Inspection Committee since 1990. He served as chairman of the Inspection Committee from 2000 - 2006. He is former President & CEO of Purina Mills in St. Louis as well as former Chairman of the Board of Burke Industries of San Jose, California. He resides in Eureka, Missouri where he and his wife Suzy have a small Trakehner stable. His wife is an upper level dressage rider. He is a member of the Trakehner Verband and also judged the Champion mare show in Neumünster, Germany in 2001 and again in 2007. He served as the chairman of the Canadian Sport Horse Association’s inspection committee for two years and has judged the horse breeding divisions of the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. He lived in Europe near the Dutch / German border for 6 years and attended European inspections for Trakehner, KWPN, Westfalen, Holsteiner and Hanoverian associations. He has scored and judged over 6,000 warmblood horses since 1988. He has been a member of the ATA since 1977.
Dr. Neal Westgerdes
"Dr. Neal Westgerdes has been an ATA member for 23 years and is one of the newest members of the ATA Inspection Committee. He is a licensed veterinarian and leads the Food Safety Inspection Service for the US Department of Agriculture and is based in Alameda, California. Neal was honored to be chosen by the Trakehner Verband to judge the champion mare show in Neumünster at the Hengstkörung in October of 2003. He has bred and trained USDF All-Breeds recognized horses in both in-hand and performance categories and was responsible for the first domestic bred part-Trakehner registered with the ATA [Wildsteurn]."