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Peter Stössel 1944-2013

“Mister CSIO” passed away

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Peter Stoessel, “Mister CSIO”, passed away in the age of 69 on December 26th after a short but heavy sickness. He was an entrepreneur and visionary and was the President of the CSIO Switzerland St. Gallen for a period of 25 years.  During this period, he transformed the traditional event to one of the most important ones worldwide.

One and a half years ago, he transferred the responsibility and handed over the CSIO Switzerland to his daughter Nayla, who organized the event in 2013 first time on her own.

There was no president of an international equestrian event in Switzerland, who had a bigger influence on the show jumping sport in Switzerland than Peter Stoessel. His management qualities, his values of passion, of performance and serving, paired with his special love for horses, he created a top sport and social event, which was recognized at home and abroad.

In 1987, Peter Stoessel took over the legacy from Konrad “Zabi” Widmer and became the President of the St. Galler Internationalen Pferdesporttage”. With a big enthusiasm and an appropriate know-how, with diplomacy and meticulousness he developed the big equestrian event in the beautiful Gruendenmoos stadium into a first class outdoor event, which is considered as being one of the first addresses of the equestrian sport. The CSIO Switzerland became a strong and fundamental part of the Super league, which was established 10 years ago and includes the 8 top outdoor show jumping events of the world.

The credo of the versed Organizer and enthusiastic breeder of noble Arabian horses was the symbiosis between show jumping sport on highest level and great entertainment with music and fashion. He was arguing in favor of persistence of traditions but was always open for innovations. His daughter Nayla has taken over these values and will further develop the event in that sense of her late father.

His retirement from the organization of the CSIO was carefully planned, thought through and prepared for quite some time. He was caring about his successor and was extremely happy that his daughter Nayla was willing to succeed him and to accept this big challenge. When he retired as President, he said: “ I have introduced her successively into her function as president of the CSIO Switzerland, I transferred, step by step, more and more responsibilities to her and I am convinced, that she will organize the event in the same spirit but with her own ideas and visions”. He was happy – even suffering already under heavy health problems – to see in summer 2013, that his CSIO will survive in the best of his own visions.

The funeral service will be held on January 6th, 2014 at 2:00 PM in the Cathedral Dome of St. Gall.

For further information and pictures:

CSIO St. Gallen AG
Silvia Rivetti
Fürstenlandstrasse 35
9001 St. Gallen
Phone : +41 71 274 66 99

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