Selection Committee Appointed for New USA Dressage Technical Advisor/Chef d’Equipe

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Eva Salomon (right) and Anne Gribbons watching American rider competing at championship. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The search for a new United States Dressage Team Technical Advisor/Chef d’Equipe began Friday with the appointment by the U.S. Equestrian Federation of a six-member selection committee to draw up a job description.

The search will be for a replacement for Anne Gribbons who was Technical Advisor and Eva Salomon who was Chef d’Equipe.

Eric Straus was named as chairman, as he was of the selection committees for new leaders of the U.S. Eventing and Jumping teams in a process that won widespread support and included open forums to meet the candidates and question their philosophies and practices.

The other five members of the committee are:
–Janet Foy of Colorado Srings, Colorado an International Equestrian Federation 4* judge and newly appointed chairman of the High Performance Dressage Committee;
–Catherine Haddad-Staller of Califon, New Jersey an international Grand Prix rider and vice chairman of the Eligible Athletes Committee;
–Susan Dutta of Wellington, Florida an international Grand Prix rider and member of the Hgh Performance Dressage Committee;
–Anne Kursinski of Frenchtown, New Jersey an Olympic jumper rider and member of the High Performance Show Jumping Committee, and
–David O’Connor of The Plains, Virginia, former president of the USEF, multiple Olympic Eventing medalist including individual gold at Sydney in 2000 and newly appointed U.S. Eventing Team Technical Advisor.

Jenny Van Wieren-Page, USEF Dressage High Performance Programs Director, said the plan was to appoint a new Technical Advisor/Chef d’Equipe in the spring.

Members of the high performance and eligible athletes committees were expected to join the selection panel in reviewing applications and interviewing candidates.

Dressage in the United States is without either a Technical Advisor and Chef d’Equipe–Anne Gribbons resigned the post of Technical Advisor that was also team coach after the Olympics last year, and Eva Salomon resigned last month as USEF managing director of dressage and chef d’quipe to return to Sweden.

A summit of high performance dressage and U.S. team athetes after a lackluster performance at the London Games recommended a change in the role of the leader of the U.S. team to combine the roles of technical advisor and chef d’equipe focusing on ways to support and promote elite horses and riders with their own coaches and trainers.