Eva Salomon to be US Dressage Managing Director/Chef d’Equipe

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Eva Salomon
Eva Salomon

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Dec. 18–Eva Salomon, former Director of Dressage for the International Equestrian Federation, is the new Managing Director/Chef d’Equpe for Dressage for the United States.

Eva, a Swedish national, will work at the U.S. Equestrian Federation with the Swedish-born Anne Gribbons who was recently named technical advisor to coordinate high performance training.

Eva will begin work at the USEF headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky in February, pending approval of her visa application. She fills the position left vacant by the resignation of Gil Merrick last September.

Eva served as the FEI Director of Dressage from 2003 to 2009. Prior to that she worked with the Swedish Federation from 1984-1989, and then served on the Swedish Dressage Committee from 1992-2000, including Chef d’ Equipe assignments, and chaired the committee from 1995-2000.

She has been involved in the equestrian industry for more than 40 years, as a rider, owner of a dressage training center, breeder and owner of a horse that represented Sweden at two Olympic Games.

“Her expertise and qualifications are second to none and her wealth of knowledge and experience in the sport of equestrian make her extraordinarily qualified to run the US dressage program,” the USEF said in a statement.

James Wolf, Executive Director, USEF Sport Programs, said: “The USEF is very fortunate to have Eva on our team.

“Her extraordinary abilities and breadth of knowledge in the sport of dressage will be a significant advantage to our riders as they prepare for the World Equestrian Games in 2010 and the Olympic Games in 2012.

“Eva and Anne Gribbons, in the role of Technical Advisor, are a very strong team. With these two extraordinarily capable women at the helm I feel confident that our athletes will be among the best supported dressage athletes in the world.”

The managing director post requires “someone uniquely qualified due to the extraordinary nature of the position,” the USEF said, and “Salomon clearly meets the organization’s needs for the position.”

“I am delighted to join the USEF and am very much looking forward to the opportunity to join a very successful national federation,” Salomon said.

“I am confident that with my international equestrian background as well as my dedication and passion for the sport I will be able to assist US dressage in improving an already successful national and international program. I am very much looking forward to supporting the US riders in their preparation for the forthcoming WEG and Olympic Games in 2012.”