Eva Salomon Resigns from USA Federation After Three Years Running Dressage Program
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
Eva Salomon has resigned from the United States Equestrian Federation after three years as Managing Director and Chef d’Equipe for Dressage to return to Sweden to be closer to her mother who will be 90 years old in April.
Her resignation from the post that is based at the USEF headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky, comes after the resignation of Anne Gribbons as the American coach last October following the Olympics in London where the U.S. dressage team finished in sixth place.
Eva and Anne, both Swedish natives though Anne has been a U.S. citizen and fulltime resident for several decades, were appointed at about the same time three years ago. Eva finishes up her duties at tge USEF next week.
The vacuum created by the two resignations occurs as the USEF is weighing an overhaul of the country’s dressage high performance program to provide support for qualified top combinations and their individual trainers.
Eva was the former International Equestrian Federation (FEI) director of dressage before moving to the U.S. to manage the USEF office of three employees whose mission is to implement policies created by the federation’s discipline specific committees.
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.
“It has been a great experience, I’ve had lots of fun,” she told dressage-news.com
She hopes to stay connected to American dressage through assisting U.S. riders who go to Europe to compete.
Eva had visited the Uinted States often when she worked for the FEI, but said she has developed a new appreciation of the challenges for horse sports because of the size of the country and there is no established infrastructure from the lowest levels to the top of the sport, such as the culture of riding clubs in Sweden.
“Everything is so spread out, from breeding to riding at all levels. It is a different culture, a completey different kind of training.”
been trying to communicate with the fei. anne working