Markus Gribbe Appointed Canada’s High Performance Technical Leader

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Markus Gribbe and Robert Dover. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Markus Gribbe of Germany has been appointed Technical Leader for Dressage Canada’s high performance program to replace Robert Dover, the six-time U.S. Olympian who has guided the effort for the past 15 months.

Canada’s contract with Markus of Bösel starts on April 1 with a seven-month probationary period.

He is working with Robert Dover at this week’s CDI3* in Loxahatchee, Florida and will go to the CDI3* in Burbank, California next week to with Canadian riders.

“I am very happy to get the opportunity to work with the Canadian team riders and their home trainers,” he said. In addition to numerous wins at the international Grand Prix, he coached Great Britain’s Laura Bechtolsheimer during her years as a young rider and at the 2006 World Championships in Aachen, Germany.

“I will try to connect to the great work Robert did in the past,” he said. “I look forward to all the new experiences, and I hope we will have a good time together and bring home good results.”

This position is part of the high performance program being developed to identify talented athletes—both human and equine—and create a system to support and complement their competitive goals.

“We are delighted to welcome Markus to our team and to have his skills, talents, and experience at our athletes’ disposal, particularly as we prepare for the 2011 Pan American Games and the 2012 Olympics,” said Equine Canada Chief Executive Officer, Akaash Maharaj.

“Equine Canada and Dressage Canada wish to extend the utmost sincere thank you to Robert Dover for his extensive and passionate service to Canadian dressage for the past 15 months,” the organizations said in a statement. “The success achieved under the direction of Dover does not go unnoticed by anyone in the industry and Equine Canada/Dressage Canada wish him much success for the future.”