Lazelle S. Knocke


USEF and FEI licensed dressage judge Lazelle S. Knocke, (nee Schwarten), 94, of Readington, NJ, passed away Sunday, December 25, 2011.

Lazelle pursued her passion and love for equestrian arts as a fox hunter, then riding through the levels of dressage to Grand Prix and competing internationally at the FEI levels earning the USDF Silver Medal in 1991, the USDF Mather's Challenge Award in 1992 and together with her partner, Don Perignon, becoming the first member of the Dressage Foundation's Century Club.


Her contributions to the horse sport included founding the Eastern States Dressage Association, ESDA-currently known as the ESDCTA, hosting US Equestrian Team and US Pony Club training and events, helping found the United States Dressage Foundation, USDF, serving as First Vice-President, then as President from 1989-1993, officiating at numerous events in the US and Canada as USEF and FEI licensed judge, helping pioneer the USDF Instructor Certification Program and the USDF's "L" Education Program for judge training, and was currently serving as Director Emeritus of the National Board of Director's for The Dressage Foundation. 

Among so many crowning achievements, Lazelle was featured as the 1993 Horseman of the Year, and as the 1994 Dressage Horseman of the Year by the Chronicle of the Horse. In 2001, she received the S. Braley Gray, Jr. Award, given to a “pioneer” who has done so much for the sport of Dressage over a lifetime. In 2002, she was given the USDF Lifetime Achievement Award, for demonstrating a lifelong dedication to USDF and its mission.

Her full obituary may be read here.  You may also read more at the Dressage Foundation.