David O’Connor to finish up in Canadian eventing role

David O'Connor
David O’Connor

A new International Technical Advisor for the Canadian Eventing Team is being sought to replace David O’Connor.

It was announced in January 2011 that O’Connor, also president of the US Equestrian Federation, would remain as Canada’s ITA until after the 2012 Olympic Games. He said at the time he had applied to coach the US eventing team from 2013, which will follow the retirement of Captain Mark Phillips.

O’Connor’s six years of service transformed Canada’s high performance programme, with team silver medal performances at both the 2007 Pan American Games and the 2010 World Equestrian Games.

The Canadian Eventing High Performance Committee is a technical management team of volunteers that includes two elite rider representatives. It is assisted by professional staff including the Eventing Manager. The International Technical Advisor (ITA) provides leadership and works in partnership with the High Performance Committee and in particular with the Chef d’ Equipe and the Eventing Manager.

The goal is the continuing development of a sustainable high performance program resulting in achievement of specific performance targets in World Equestrian, Pan American and Olympic Games and other major international events.

The ITA will provide leadership and direction in the development and implementation of competition, training and monitoring programs, as well as training, coaching and monitoring to selected Canadian eventing athletes at individual and group training sessions and competitions pursuant to the annual program.

The position commences on January 1, 2013, and submissions close on September 20 .

Proven athletic /coaching experience at elite level is required, and residency in North America is preferred.

A search committee will be co-chaired by Canadian Eventing Team chef d’équipe, Graeme Thom, and Canadian Eventing Committee member and High Performance Committee chair, Grit High. The balance of the committee will be made up of members of the High Performance Committee and the group will be advised by Equine Canada’s manager of eventing, Fleur Tipton. Ratification of the search committee’s recommendation will be by the Eventing High Performance Committee at large.


For more information and a job description, contact Fleur Tipton, ftipton@equinecanada.ca


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