Alan F. Balch



Alan F. Balch

Photo by Pamela Schreckengost

USA Equestrian Trust President Alan F. Balch has enjoyed horses since he first discovered them around age 9 in San Diego, Calif., where he was raised. From competing as a junior with Saddlebreds, Hunters, and Jumpers (mostly unsuccessfully), he went on to officiate in many capacities in competition management: paddock steward, announcer, and manager. While at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., as Sr. Vice President-Marketing, he announced at the National Horse Show at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, the World’s Championship Horse Show in Louisville, Ky.; Devon, and the American Royal in Kansas City, Mo., among many others.

His management of the Del Mar National, The Forum International, and the Santa Anita International led to his responsibility as Competition Manager for the equestrian sports of the Games of the XXIIIrd Olympiad at Los Angeles, 1984, held at Santa Anita. In his adult years, Balch competed again with Jumpers and Saddlebreds. He was for many years a trustee and/or director of United States Equestrian Team and American Horse Shows Association, and was president of the National Horse Show Association and USA Equestrian, when it was national governing body of the sport, 1997-2003. He was most recently elected a director of USA Equestrian Trust in 2004.

Balch is a long-time member and past president of Flintridge Riding Club in California, and currently serves as Executive Director of California Thoroughbred Trainers, headquartered at Santa Anita, in Arcadia, Calif.