Why can't they get a really good person from Europe to come over, with a track record of coaching successful international teams? At least someone who can get the best out of what we have? I think Mr. Dover comes with too much baggage and drama.
I get the impression that part of our problem is that we only have one Ravel (albeit retired now) and one Legolas, whereas a lot of other international teams have several horses all of that quality. What do others think?
I know nothing about this, but it seems to me that if they want to have an American, but the Americans applying/available aren't the best candidate, why not get a non- USian to do this, then have promising up and comer be second in command/mentee, so we can get someone coming along for the next go 'round?
Clarksdale, MS--the golden buckle on the cotton belt
It was a setup. They had already decided on Dover as soon as he applied. They just threw in the other name as a distraction. They used exactly the same tactics when David O'Connor was selected as eventing coach/chef.
"I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay." Thread killer Extraordinaire
Congratulations to Robert on this hard won position.
First of all, who would want this thankless, highly visible job? No matter what he does or does not do, it will never satisfy everyone.
I have known Robert for many years now. Either indirectly through being a friend of long time students or directly as he helped train/coach Don Principe last year. The Robert of today is not the person people remember from his competition days. He has stong opinions and is not afraid to voice them or fight for them. Look at his role in the Global Dressage Festival development. Don't we want someone who will stand up for us?
Robert is a genrous person as he demonstrated many times over many years. Both with his time and his expertise. Look at the benefits he helped plan and participate in for Courtney when she was injured, The Equine Aid Foundation, which he help to found, as well as the Dressage4kids and riders for helmets.
His ability to win medals is not the measure of his experience or ability to TEACH or COACH.
I can personally vouch for his ability to coach horse and rider. And think that he has far reaching visions, that if given a fair chance, can do us much good.
Maryanna Haymon- Marydell Farm - Home to Don Principe & Doctor Wendell MF www.marydellfarm.com
2012 USDF Champion Breeder! 2007, 2011 USEF Champ Breeder
2009,2010,2011 USDF Res Breeder of the Year!