USA Dressage Development Coach Sought to Succeed Charlotte Bredahl

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CharlotteBredahl. File photo.

Sept. 27, 2023

The U.S. Equestrian Federation is seeking a dressage Development Coach to succeed Charlotte Bredahl who has held the post for the past five years.

The resignation of Charlotte, 66, was announced by the federation Wednesday, saying that the 1992 U.S. Olympic team bronze medal rider will continue in the role through the winter circuit in Wellington, Florida. The deadline for applications is Nov. 1.

Before becoming development coach, Charlotte was assistant to George Williams as the official youth coach in 2015.

Charlotte, originally from Denmark, moved to California more than 45 years ago, settling in the Ynez Valley community of Solvang.

The U.S. is still seeking a so-called Technical Advisor to succeed Debbie McDonald who has already stepped down.

Laura Roberts, USEF Managing Director of Dressage, said in a statement announcing the development coach change:

“U.S. Dressage is in a period of change, and we see this as an opportunity to review the overall U.S. dressage program coaching structure to determine how we can best support our combinations and reach the podium in the years to come.”

There was no indication as to the status of two other official coaching positions–Christine Traurig for young horses and George Williams for youth.

A primary function of the development coach is to assist in developing a sustainable system to produce combinations for the Dressage Pre-Elite and Elite programs.