Mark Laskin, who resigned from his role as Equestrian Canada’s show jumping technical advisor on Nov. 9, has been named chef d’equipe of the Mexican show jumping team, effective Dec. 1.
“Mr. Laskin is a highly experienced, successful and well-regarded rider, trainer and equestrian leader, but above all, he is truly a horseman,” stated an announcement from the Mexican equestrian federation.
Laskin served as chef d’equipe and technical advisor for Canada from 2012 until he resigned in November, citing issues with EC that led to his decision. Before his tenure with Equine Canada, Laskin was a top Canadian rider, helping the country earn team gold at the 1980 Alternate Olympics in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and competing at the 1982 World Championships (Ireland).
“The combination of his experience, drive and integrity make Mr. Laskin an ideal fit for our community and for the next stages of growth,” the statement continued, adding that Laskin has agreed to serve as the main advisor for the Mexican youth teams. “We are sure that, together, our Mexican Jumping Team will achieve excellence and incredible results.”
Belgium’s Stanny van Paesschen held the position as Mexican chef for five years, but he stepped down after the Tokyo Olympics Games this August.