Dressage Canada to Hold High Performance Summit in Florida

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Dressage Canada will stage a High Performance Summit for the first time in 10 years to focus on the sport in Canada, especially what the federation describes as “international performance success objectives for the future.”

More than 60 high performance stakeholders will get together in Florida March 11-12 to start the planning process for the future direction of the program. Florida was selected because of the concentration of riders, owners and officials during the winter circuit.

Funded partly by Own the Podium (OTP), Dressage Canada has invited key stakeholder groups representing athletes, owners, officials, coaches, integrated support team experts, supporters and team support personnel.

Facilitating the two-day Summit will be Peter Davis, an expert in high performance strategic planning and program development, who was the director of Sport Sciences, Sports Medicine and Technology for OTP for the both summer and winter Olympics.

Presenters include Desi Dillingham, former chairman of British Dressage and president of the British Horse Society and Julie Healy, Canadian Olympic Committee’s Manager of Team Services who is also former director of Female Hockey at Hockey Canada and implemented the program which resulted in Olympic gold for Canada in 2010.

Riders from Canada’s bronze medal dressage team at the 1988 Olympics, will also discuss their international success while Dressage Canada Committee members Sarah Bradley, Dressage Canada chair; Michael Horgan, chair of Finance and Fundraising Committee; and Liz Steacie, Athletes Council High Performance Committee representative will address the Summit.

“The Dressage High Performance Summit is intended to bring together stakeholders from across the dressage high performance community, so they can discuss directions and provide substantial input in developing the future of our high performance programs,” Sarah Bradley said.

“This summit will form the basis for our high performance program going forward, and we are very pleased that so many people are offering their time and expertise in taking part.”

Issues to be discussed include:

–youth talent identification and team building for long-term success;
–tours, competitions and international credibility;
–resource acquisition and sustainability;
–athlete management;
–high performance targets and evaluations;
–building relationships, and
–leadership.

Christine Peters, Equine Canada’s Manager for Dressage said: “This intense two-day program will encourage the exchange of ideas and the development of programs which will increase not only the level of knowledge and performance of our athletes, but provide them with the necessary opportunities and support to put Canada back on the podium at future Olympic Games.”