March 21, 2011 - Dressage Canada is pleased to announce that Mr. Markus Gribbe has been selected as the Technical Leader for Dressage Canada’s high performance program. The announcement comes after an extensive search and selection process which began in December of 2010 and was led by the Dressage Canada Hiring Committee.
Applicants were narrowed down to three candidates and interviews were conducted in Ottawa, Ontario in February. The Hiring Committee then made their recommendation to the Dressage Canada Board (DCB), which was subsequently approved at a meeting of the DCB. This morning Mr. Gribbe confirmed his acceptance of the contract offered to him by Equine Canada on behalf of Dressage Canada.
This position is part of the high performance program being developed to assist not only in identifying talented athletes (both human and equine), but also in creating a system to support and compliment their competitive goals. Dressage Canada and Equine Canada gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance of Own the Podium (OTP), a national sport technical initiative designed to help Canada’s summer and winter athletes achieve podium success at the Olympic Games.
Gribbe’s contract is scheduled to start April 1st, 2011, with a seven month probationary period build into the contract. During the transition Mr. Gribbe will attend both the CDI3* Loxahatchee, Florida scheduled for March 23rd – 27th and the CDI3* Burbank, CA scheduled for March 31st – April 4th, to work with current Technical Coach / Advisor Mr. Dover and to meet with the athletes that plan to compete at these competitions.
An official full detail announcement will be circulated in the coming days.
Equine Canada and Dressage Canada wish to extend the utmost sincere thank you to Mr. Dover for his extensive and passionate service to the Canadian program for the past 15 months. The success achieved under the direction of Mr. Dover does not go unnoticed by anyone in the industry and Equine Canada / Dressage Canada wish Mr. Dover much success on his future goals.