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Dressage Athletes and Committee Members Meet to Shape Future of US
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
By Joanie Morris
Lexington, KY - Fourteen High Performance Dressage athletes traveled
from across the US and from as far away as Germany to join the 19
members of the USEF High Performance Dressage Eligible Athletes
Committee and the USEF High Performance Dressage Committee to attend a
forum held November 11, 2008 in Chicago, IL. The objective of the forum
was to discuss the USEF's High Performance Strategic Plan for the period
leading up to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
The forum was designed so that High Performance Dressage Athletes could
provide their input directly to the members of the USEF High Performance
Dressage committees. These committees will ultimately determine the USEF
strategy in pursuit of medals at both the 2010 Alltech FEI World
Equestrian Games (WEG) and the 2012 Olympic Games.
With the help of Howard Pike, who served as facilitator for the forum,
participants were able to work through a full agenda of discussion
points relative to strengthening the position of the US Dressage Team
for both the WEG and the Olympic Games.
Two important topics dominated a large portion of the discussion. The
first was focused around the best strategy to fill the role of National
Dressage Coach and Chef d'Equipe that will be vacated by Klaus Balkenhol
at the end of 2008. The second was how funds should best be allocated
and invested each year to support High Performance training sessions in
the US and to also maximize training and competition opportunities in
The input provided by the athletes who attended the forum enabled
members of the High Performance Dressage Eligible Athlete Committee to
meet immediately following the forum and formulate their recommendations
to the High Performance Dressage Committee, which met the following day.
As a result of these highly productive meetings, committee members voted
to initiate the following plan:
* A Search Committee will be formed by USEF CEO, John Long, to
find a new National Dressage Coach and Chef d'Equipe. The committee will
be populated by members recommended by the High Performance Dressage
Committee along with direct appointments by Long. In addition to
representatives from the High Performance Dressage Committees, the
Search Committee will include USEF board members from Show Jumping and
Eventing, plus George Morris and Captain Mark Phillips, who currently
serve as National Coach and Chef d'Equipe for their respective Olympic
* The High Performance Dressage Committee created a draft job
description for the National Dressage Coach and Chef d'Equipe position
which will be presented to the Search Committee. The Search Committee
will fine tune and finalize the job description which will be posted on
the USEF website along with an invitation for qualified individuals to
* Applications will be reviewed by the Search Committee to
determine whether eligibility requirements have been met and then a
recommendation will be made to the High Performance Dressage Committee
about the individual most suited for the position. The decision about
who ultimately receives an offer for the position lies with the High
Performance Dressage Committee.
A future press release will be issued by USEF when the job description
and application are available for downloading.
For more information please contact Gil Merrick, Managing Director -
Dressage Sport Programs at email@example.com 859-225-6913.
The vision of the United States Equestrian Federation(r) is to provide
for equestrian sport in the United States of America by promoting the
of excellence from the grassroots to the Olympic Games, based on a
foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare
of its human and equine athletes.