Robert Dover Rehired as Interim Dressage Canada Coach

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Robert Dover surrounded by Canadians at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Robert Dover surrounded by Canadians at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

OTTAWA, Ontario, Dec. 17–Robert Dover has been rehired as the interim dressage coach/advisor for three months from Jan. 1, after he and Dressage Canada split following a year in the post through the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky.

As coach through WEG, the Canadian team achieved its highest placing ever at a world championships, finishing seventh and earning a bronze medal in the Nations Cup at the CDIO5* Rotterdam.

“I am committed 100 per cent between now and April to helping our Canadian riders and horses achieve the greatest results as we head toward the Pan American Games and the London Olympics,” said the six-time Olympian for the United States. The Pan American Games will be in Guadalajara, Mexico, next October and are at small tour.

“While Dressage Canada has recently posted a search for a new Technical Leader,” the federation said in a statement, “it is imperative that our high performance athletes receive the additional support they need during this Pan-American Games year and leading up to the 2012 London Olympics. Should a new Technical Leader be found during the period of this temporary contract, Dover will assist in the transition until April 1, 2011.”

The Canadian government’s Own the Podium program provided funding for Robert’s interim contract.