Holger Schmezer


LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - Holger Schmezer, Germany's two-time Olympic champion dressage coach, has died, the International Equestrian Federation said Friday. He was 65.

Schmezer was found dead in his hotel room in 's-Hertogenbosch, where three German riders are competing at the World Cup finals, the federation said.

"The loss of Holger Schmezer is a terrible blow to the German Dressage team, and to lose such an inspirational coach in an Olympic year is tragic," FEI President Princess Haya of Jordan said in a statement.

Schmezer coached Germany's team dressage gold medalists at the 2004 Athens Olympics and the 2008 Beijing Games. He was to step down after the London Olympics.

The federation said German riders Isabell Werth, Helen Langehanenberg and Nadine Capellmann wore black armbands in his honor Friday.

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Please accept our deepest condolences. May your family find the needed comfort in GODS wordi, in this time of grief. Atlanta, GA.

I am so sorry for your lost. May you and your family rely on God in this time if grief.

May the God of all comfort be with Holger's family at this time of grief, may all his memoried stay close to your heart. Psalma 46:1 Joanna

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

May God your family and friends with peace and comfort all of you at this time and in the days ahead. May you feel your lived ones presence and hear him whisper to you I am fine celebrate my life and the times we shared. LIve fully and happily and know that I share with you in your lives. My deepest condolences

I don't think anyone will ever dress the same way again. Thanks Holger. You were the best dressed dressage coach an equestrian could ever ask for.

My condolences to the family. Please allow the fond memories bring you comfort, and may God give you the strength to endure this trial.

With deepest sympathy to the Schmezer family during your time of grief...Psalm 46:1...God is for us a refuge and strength, A help that is readily to be found during difficult times...May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead.

Such a sudden death can be expecially hard to bear.Please allow us to extend our heartfelt sympathy. The Bible teaches that "God is love".(1John 4:16)Surely a God of love cares about you and your family at this time of grief. Take comfort in that love. You are in our prayers.