|The Standards-Writing Equestrian
by Clare Coppa
Youve heard of National Velvet and Mr. Ed, but what about the
Taun Kylstra (called Tony) is the matriarch of a riding family
who lives in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Her children Maaike and Maarten inherited her fathers love of
riding. She recalled he traveled by horseback as a physician working
in the Netherlands East Indies (now Indonesia). In this country
two interests would emergehorses and sciencethat would become
central to Tauns later life. Some of her earliest scientific
work was as a laboratory technologist at a hospital in Sungei
Gerong; later in her career, she progressed to the position of
chemical laboratory chief for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Amsterdam,
where she began to develop standards for airline maintenance chemicals.
In the early 70s, Kylstra was a founding member of SAE Aerospace
Committee J on Aircraft Maintenance and Chemical Materials, and
ASTM Subcommittee F07.07 on Qualification Testing of Aircraft Cleaning Materials. Now
retired after 34 years with KLM, her main activities involve standards
writing and horses.
Bridles, stables, aerospace materials specificationsequine-ese
and standard-speak flow near Kylstra, but not necessarily in the
same language. She speaks Dutch, English, French, German, and
Indonesian, an added plus at organizational meetings in both fields.
To her family, Kylstra is the nurturing, board-game wielding type.
She also likes to play mother as an officer of the Nederlandse
Ruiter Sport Vereniging, or the Dutch Riding Sport Society to
us Yanks: During all events I am present and perform the duties
as starter/finisher as well as general walking information stand.
Recently, her NRSV participation has been more behind the scenes
than on horseback, but she wears her 10-year cross with pride,
she said, for completing strictly-regulated four-day trail rides
for more than a decade.
From 1991 to 1997, she was chef dequipe for the National Dutch
Endurance Team at European and World Championships. As a chef
dequipe, you do everything except riding a horse: you are the
contact between the organisation and the riders, she e-mailed.
I have to see that they have the right info and papers, straighten
out complaints, clear their way at the vet gates, talk with the
officials, be present always and everywhere; in short a jack-of-all-trades
before, during and after the race.
As well as chairing ASTM Subcommittee F07.07 on Qualification
Testing of Aircraft Cleaning Materials, this ubiquitous senior
orchestrates 300 riders in 10 annual events as the NRSV secretary,
a position shes held since 1990.
Whether hobnobbing with colleagues in either field, chances are
shell have a draft standard packed in her saddle bag.
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