USEF Appoints Duvander
Following an extensive search by the U.S. Equestrian Federation, Erik Duvander was named performance director for eventing in mid-October. The former Olympic and World Championship rider, who competed for Sweden, has more than 30 years of experience in strategic planning and program development at the high-performance level. Duvander’s first challenge in his new post will be to prepare the U.S. Eventing Team for September’s 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina, and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Among the highlights of his career, Duvander served as high- performance coach of the New Zealand Eventing Team, which finished fourth at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and earned a team bronze medal at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games ™ in Lexington, Kentucky. He also has worked with individual international- caliber eventers as well as the equestrian teams of Japan and Sweden.
“It is a great privilege and responsibility to be chosen as the U. S. eventing performance director, a role that I believe holds the highest regard within our sport,” Duvander said. He replaces David O’Connor, who stepped away from the position last spring to focus on advancing safety and global risk management in the sport.
Members of a search group appointed by the U.S. Equestrian Eventing Sport Committee recommended Duvander for his new position. The group included representatives of the committee as well as the Eventing High-Performance Working Group, the U.S. Olympic Committee, two eventing athletes, USEF Director of Sport Will Connell and USEF Managing Director of Eventing Joanie Morris.