Ottawa, ON—The Canadian Eventing Team’s International Technical Advisor, David O’Connor, has submitted his application to coach the US Eventing Team commencing in 2013.
O’Connor is held in very high regard for his work with the Canadian Eventing Team, and his five years of service has transformed the high performance program, and left an indelible mark with Team silver medal performances at both the 2007 Pan American Games and the 2010 World Equestrian Games.
Chef d’équipe Graeme Thom said, “David has been in communication with us as he approached his application process with the United States. His commitment to our riders, our team and our sport organization finds us filled with appreciation and we wish David the best in his future endeavours.”
The Canadian Eventing Committee (CEC) would like to confirm, with the full support of the High Performance Committee, that O’Connor will remain in his role with the Canadian Evening Team through the 2012 Olympic Games. The CEC is confident that his professionalism and dedication will not only help us garner further international success but also ensure a smooth and productive transition for the years to come.”
Grit High, chair of Eventing High Performance, added, “We are looking forward to this year’s Pan American Games and the 2012 Olympics, and are thankful that David will be in a leadership role.”
About Canadian Eventing
Canadian Eventing is a committee of Equine Canada responsible for the sport of eventing in Canada from the grassroots to the international level. The Canadian Eventing Committee is comprised of 12 members, including two rider representatives elected by the Elite Riders Association. Directed by the strategic plan for eventing, all eventing activities are administered by this committee via six sub-committees with the support of eventing manager based at the Equine Canada office in Ottawa. The national team athletes and program, led by International Technical Advisor David O’Connor, are monitored by the High Performance Committee. For more information about Canadian Eventing, visit http://equinecanada.ca/eventing.
About Equine Canada
Equine Canada is Canada’s national governing body for equestrianism. A member-driven, charitable institution, it is the executive branch of the Canadian Equestrian Team, and the national authority for equestrian competition; the national voice for recreational riders; and the national association for equine welfare, breeding, and industry. Equine Canada is recognised by the Government of Canada, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), and the Canadian Olympic Committee as the national organisation representing equestrian sport and equine interests. For more information about Equine Canada, please visit www.equinecanada.ca
Photo: Karen and David O'Connor