Markus Gribbe Resigns as Canada Coach

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

Markus Gribbe has formally resigned as Technical Leader for Dressage Canada’s High Performance Program, three months after the Olympic Games in London where he was officially described as “present.”

The Canadian federation said Monday it “regretfully” announces the resignation and said Markus was “instrumental in Canada’s team silver placing at the 2011 Pan American Games. This result qualified Canada to send a team to the 2012 London Olympic Games and he was present with the Canadian dressage athletes at the Games.”

Markus took over as Technical Leader of the Canadian program after six-time U.S. Olympian Robert Dover resigned when they could not agree on terms to extend his contract. Robert was also the coach of Canadian team rider David Markus. He would not comment in London on reports of discord over the role of Markus at the Olympics.

“I feel that the time has come to move on and focus more on my own horses, riding and building my own training facility,” Markus said in his resignation letter. “The position of Technical Leader is too time consuming. To do both, I strongly feel that in order to give 100 per cent I have to regretfully choose.

“For now I feel satisfied with the standard of my work and behavior. I have enjoyed my time very much with all the Canadian dressage riders and I learned a lot. Thank you for the opportunity to work with such an enthusiastic group of people.”

The Canadian federation did not announce the next steps to seeking a replacement.