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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.

Erik Du­van­der

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