I have had the honor of being the Technical Advisor/Chef dâ€™Equipe and Coach to the U.S. Dressage Team since April of this year and I am very pleased to give my first of monthly reports through The Chronicle of the Horse which I am titling, “From The Coach’s Corner”. Let’s start by giving you my initial goals as I began my new role this spring.
My first task was to produce, along with the help of my fellow Coaches: Youth Coach - Jeremy Steinberg, Young Horse Coach - Scott Hassler, Developing Coach - Debbie McDonald, and George Williams fromUnited States Dressage Federation President, a power-point presentation depicting our short and long-term plans to emerge as the number one nation in the world in Dressage. The result is called, “The Roadmap To The Podiums”, a 58 page, bottom to top document which you can read at USEF.org and even view online in a video presentation at USEFNetwork.com. I urge you to take the time to go through our Power-Point and see how you and your horse fit into our plans for a “golden future”.
My next mission was to see that as many top combinations would go to Europe in 2013 as possible to take part in 2 Tours culminating in Nations Cups, those being Aachen for the “A Tour” and Hickstead for the “B Tour”. Not only did we see super results at the CDI’s leading up to the Nations Cups; each of the Tours resulted in Team medals, Aachen with an amazing Bronze and Hickstead with Silver! We also saw our very first U25 combination in Caroline Roffman and Sagacious placing 2nd both days to become the reserve champion in Aachen, the hardest show in the world! And let me say, we have not stopped there. Lisa Wilcox and Susie Dutta are still in Europe about to contend for top honors in such indoor shows as Oldenburg and Stuttgart. By the end of this year, a whopping 20 American combinations will have stormed Europe with astonishing results and the Europeans are once again very aware that we are not just coming over to take part. We are there to WIN!
Over the summer, the other Coaches and I also met to present our “Road Map To The Podiums” at both the North American Junior/Young Rider Championships and the Young Horse Championships and in both places we were met with extremely enthusiastic crowds. We not only explained how we intend to transform our training and competitive programs at all divisions to a World-Class level; we also made crystal clear the need for enormous fundraising efforts in order to pay for them. This point cannot be overstated as nothing can be done adequately without the money needed to train and field our Teams and it truly takes millions of dollars to meet today’s challenges in our sport. Our USET Foundation, as well as Janet Foy, Jenny Van Wieren Page, and the High Performance Committee of our U.S. Equestrian Federation, are all committed to acquiring the funds and giving our 2 and 4-legged athletes every possible advantage toward achieving our mutual goal of becoming the number 1 nation in Dressage. Quite simply though, we rely upon you for your generous donations with the understanding that each and every one of us can and must do our part to produce the success we dream of.
Just back from a very successful US Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp., our national championships for Ponies, Juniors, Young Riders, â€œBrentina Cupâ€ Young Adults (U25), Intermediare, and Grand Prix, we saw many personal bests and rising stars at all levels. We also were thrilled to learn about the latest game-changing program devised by the recently created, Dressage Owners Task Force, led by Bruce Hlavacek. This amazing group of great owners is committed to the notion that our athletes must be mounted on the finest ponies and horses in the world and their new website, “ExperienceDressage.com” is now online for you to see. It describes in detail ways to help riders find sponsors and prospective owners find both horses and riders they might want to sponsor. I LOVE IT!
With upcoming training sessions by myself and the other Coaches this fall and winter for all divisions, I am personally looking forward to working with riders, their horses, and their personal trainers, to keep our great momentum growing and am certain that this coming Florida show season is going to be the most exciting ever. I intend to do all I can to ensure America sends top, medal-winning contenders to the World Cup as well as the World Equestrian Games in 2014 and I know that everyone in our American Dressage community shares my excitement and absolute commitment to this goal.
GO TEAM USA!!!
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