Dover’s Dreams Continued
I wrote in my last post about what I have been doing since April when I became the Technical Advisor/ Chef d’Equipe/ Coach for the American Team. Now let me talk a bit about my dreams.
I want world-class training and competitive programs at every level from children on Ponies to Juniors to Young Riders to U25 GP, to Developing Combinations and finally to the Elite International Grand Prix division! I want 100% adequate funding for every single thing needed to give our athletes, 2 and 4-legged, every possible advantage over all other nations.
I want Gladstone, Lexington and even one other west coast official Training Center where our athletes can come an stay if they are deemed worthy and take advantage of free housing, free training, cross training, sports psychology and all other programs athletes are able to access in Colorado Springs, the official USOC training center.
Did I mention ponies? I want the finest training and competitive pony division in the world so our kids are started early and absolutely prepared in every way by the time they set foot on a horse to look and act like a true professional. That means great shows with super classes and series for Novice, Medium and Advanced Ponies. And that also means I need a great sponsor or sponsors for this amazing division! Are you out there and as excited as I am to jump on this?!
I want every top horse bred in America to be shown to me and the other Coaches so we do not lose a single great horse to another country or to have less than the career it should. I also want every top, world-class horse and pony at every age and level bought up by Americans so we have the deepest groups of great horses of any nation in the world. Then let’s get on with the fun work of training them as we absolutely know we can as well as anyone anywhere in the world.
I want the great work of our new “Dressage Owners Task Force”, ExperienceDressage.com to become widely used and a true success story for our athletes and prospective owners and sponsors. This is a real game changer!!!
I want the Palm Beach Derby folks to find a way of keeping this fabulous traditional 30 year competition alive for this year and all years to come, one way or another. We need this show for put athletes to get qualified for the World Cup but also for all riders to get to keep experiencing one of the finest shows anywhere. I won the wry first Derby GP in 1983! Don’t let it die, PLEASE!
I could go on and on but I need to get up early so it is time to go to sleep. In the meantime, I would love to hear from you about what I have been dreaming about and also let me in on any of your big dreams. Maybe I can help. You never know!
GO TEAM USA!!!