US eventing official, judge and rider John “Jack” Leary has died at the age of 60 in Burlington, Connecticut.
Leary, who was also chairman of the Licensed Officials Committee of the United Sates Eventing Association (USEA) and an FEI judge, died on April 25.
As a young man, Leary was a talented and accomplished equestrian. He was born October 23, 1954 in New York, NY, and grew up in Connecticut and spent much of his adult life in Litchfield. He received a BA in Political Science from Georgetown University, Washington DC, in 1976. Jack began his career in 1976 with Motorlease Corporation, his family’s fleet management company in Farmington, CT. He served the company for nearly forty years in various capacities, excelling in customer service and sales. He became President in 1988, and held that position until his death. He was a member of the Board of American Automotive Leasing Association (ALAA) from 1994-2015. He developed many strong friendships over the years with his colleagues and his clients, and will be remembered for his leadership, intelligence, and great sense of humor.
In addition to equestrian, Leary had a fondness for bull mastiffs and especially his beloved dog “Freddy.” Leary was an avid historian and maintained an extensive library, with a particular interest in and vast knowledge about the American Civil War, Winston Churchill, and Margaret Thatcher. He enjoyed all sports, but especially was a lifelong fan of the New York Yankees.