Frank Van Duyne Lloyd Mourned
RELEASE: July 12, 2007
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: By Mary Hilton
Equestrian sport lost one of its strongest advocates and most active administrators on June 24, 2007, when Frank Van Duyne Lloyd died at age 66. The former United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation Chairman of the Board of Trustees succumbed unexpectedly to a brain aneurysm. Lloyd, a resident of Mahwah, NJ, was a prominent attorney and managing partner of Harwood Lloyd in Hackensack at the time of his death. In addition to his contributions to the USET, Lloyd was also an enthusiastic and supportive horse show dad, horse owner and leader in the governance of equestrian sport.
Two of Lloyd’s daughters, Kristina and Heather, competed and he followed their horse show careers for many years and kept their horses at home at the family’s The Clearing Farm in Mahwah. He and his wife, Karen, owned the grand prix show jumper Serengeti, ridden by Jeffery Welles, that represented the United States at the 1991 Volvo World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden, and also won grand prix at the Devon, Hampton Classic and National Horse Shows, along with being named an alternate for the 1992 Olympic Games.
Equestrian sport was an enormous part of Lloyd’s life. He was passionate about the sport and gave unselfishly for over two decades. He not only enjoyed the role of horse show dad, but also helped so many people through his pro bono legal work and also volunteered his time and professional service to people in the sport who needed help or advice and to the organizations that govern the sport. Frank and Karen opened their home on many occasions to host events for the USET and the USET Foundation, helping to raise millions of dollars for the United States' equestrian teams.
USEF President David O'Connor said, "Equestrian sport will greatly miss Frank Lloyd, who had great passion and who gave of his time, energy and intellect for the betterment of horse sport. Individuals like Frank are the rock that organizations like the Federation stand upon, and he will be sorely missed.”
Jane Forbes Clark, USET Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer added, “Frank was one of the Foundation’s greatest advocates and supporters. His integrity, his wisdom and his kindness made him a remarkable chairman, and each of us who had the pleasure to work with him learned a tremendous amount from watching him honor his lifetime commitment to our sport. The sense of purpose and of fun that Frank brought to us was unmatched.”
USEF's Chief Executive Officer John Long added, "Frank was a great dad and loving husband. His fund-raising abilities were legendary, and his appetite for life was contagious. Most of all he was my friend, and I will miss him."
Lloyd first became involved in the administration of the United States Equestrian Team in 1993 when he served on the USET Board of Directors National Advisory Committee. That same year, he became active in the administration of the former American Horse Shows Association (AHSA), now the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). At the AHSA, Lloyd was on the Charges, Protests and Hearings Committee from 1993 to 1999; the Board of Directors from 1994 to 1996, and the Judicial/Legal Review Committee from 1994 to 1997, and again in 1999.
At the USET, from his initial involvement in 1993, over the next 13 years Lloyd was dedicated to the organization, working tirelessly on many important committees while also serving in several leadership positions.
In 1994, he was elected as a member of the USET Board of Directors, which later became the Board of Trustees when the USET Foundation was formed, and served in that capacity until 2006. In 1994, he also became a member of the Audit Committee and served on that committee until 2002. In 1999, Lloyd once again served a year on the National Advisory Committee, and in that same year, he also joined the Nominating Committee and worked with that group until 2001.