The Director of Sport is responsible for all sport matters within FEIF. This covers the sport rules and guidelines for sport judges, the international co-operation between member countries and the different bodies involved in sport, the annual meeting of national sport leader (Sport Meeting), the Sport Committee, the international seminars for sport judges, the licenses for international sport judges and the test to become a licensed international sport juge, World Championships and the WorldRanking.
Jean-Paul is from Switzerland, living and working near Berne, owner and CEO of the family companies working in wood transformation, handlings technic and consulting (SAP). He has a license as international sport judge and Icelandic horse trainer, he is an active leisure rider (his daughters being active competition riders) and has been team leader for Switzerland or France for five times. He had twice been competition leader at the Swiss Championships. Jean-Paul has been a member of the national sport committee of Switzerland, and as their president a member of the board of IPV CH, later responsible for the national sport judges.
Jean-Paul Balz (CH) is the FEIF Director of Sport, having been elected at the Delegates Assembly in Sweden in 2018.