Canada Seeks Dressage Technical Advisor/Chef d’Equipe

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Markus Gribbe and Robert Dover, both of whom worked with Canada ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games. © Ken Braddick/
Markus Gribbe and Robert Dover, both of whom worked with Canada ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games. © Ken Braddick/

OTTAWA, Ontario, June 14–Canada is seeking a Dressage Technical Advisor/Chef d’Equipe to lead the country through the next World Equestrian, Pan American and Olympic Games. Although residency in North America is preferred it is not a requirement.

“The successful candidate will provide leadership in working with Equine Canada and the Dressage Canada committees to design and develop a sustainable high performance program resulting in the achievement of specific performance targets in World Equestrian, Pan American, Olympic Games and other major international events,” according to the description announced Friday by Equine Canada.

“A proven ability to work in a team environment, in a leadership role with strong technical knowledge of the discipline of dressage is considered an asset.”

A major issue will be to qualify a team for the next Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Under a format proposed by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) qualification opportunities for nations in the Americas–both North and South–have been reduced from recent Games.

The top four teams at next year’s World Equestrian Games will earn a berth at Rio, but only one instead of two in past from the Pan American Games that will be held in Toronto in 2015, adding additional pressure for the home team if Canada does not not finish high enough at the WEG.

Applications are being accepted until July 31 for the contracted position that starts Sept. 1, 2013.

Details of compensation and time commitment will be outlined in the interview process.

A complete job description is available here:

Applicants are asked to submit a resume detailing qualifications and suitability and a cover letter outlining their philosophy and their experience with high performance sport to:

Christine Peters
Manager, Dressage
Equine Canada
308 Legget Dr.
Kanata, ON K2K 1Y6
Fax: 613-248-3484

The position has been vacant since the Olympics in London last September when Markus Gribbe of Germany was the official coach as he was for the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico a year earlier where Canada qualified a team for the London Games.

Markus took over as Technical Leader of the Canadian program after six-time U.S. Olympian Robert Dover resigned when agreement could not be reached on terms to extend his contract.

Robert is the Technical Advisor/Chef d’Equipe for the United States through the next Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.