USA Opens Search for Dressage Technical Advisor to Succeed Robert Dover

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Robert Dover cheering on the USA team at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro where they won the bronze medal. © 2016 Ken Braddick/

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Dec. 19, 2017–The search for a United States dressage technical advisor to succeed Robert Dover was launched Tuesday US Equestrian.

Robert, 61 years old and a six-time Olympian, will retire after the World Equestrian Games in Tryon. He was first appointed as technical advisor and chef d’equipe in April 2013. His role as technical advisor was extended last year through Nov. 30, 2017.

The USEF said the Dressage Sport Committee has approved a comprehensive search process aimed at identifying the best individual to succeed Robert in time to ensure a smooth transition.

“Robert’s passion and unwavering commitment to our athletes and horses has helped elevate U.S. dressage to unprecedented levels,” said USEF Director of Sport Will Connell. “Under his leadership, the program has been on an upward trajectory, returning to the Olympic podium in 2016, and it is important that his successor continues this success.

“On behalf of USEF, I thank Robert for his tireless dedication to the sport; he and his enthusiasm will be missed in this role. However, I know he’ll continue to give back to the sport outside this capacity.”

Robert took over after the U.S. did not medal at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. He was passed over for the post after the 2008 Games and became technical advisor to Canada. But he was selected to take over in 2013 with a program to return America to the medals podium which he did in 2016.

“It has been one of the greatest honors of my life to lead our U.S. athletes since 2013, while working with the other super coaches and fantastic staff to produce medal-winning results,” Robert said.

“This team of coaches and staff are working tirelessly to produce the finest team possible going into the FEI World Equestrian Games in September.

“I will help in whatever way I can to assist in the transition as I pass the torch to someone who will continue to build our programs for sustainable success.”

He thanked US Equestrian, the United States Olympic Committee, the United States Equestrian Team Foundation and the American dressage community for “their unwavering support and dedication to our shared goals.”

Applicants for the post should submit an “Expression of Interest.”

A federation interview panel will create a short list from the applicant pool to decide on a new candidate for the position.

“It is anticipated that USEF will select an individual for this role in a timeline that will allow for a seamless transition following the end of Dover’s contract on November 30, 2018,” the federation said. “The USEF will take into account applicant’s circumstances and how these impact when an announcement can be made. The primary aim is to appoint the best qualified applicant to the role.”

For more information about the application process, contact Hallye Griffin, Director of Dressage at