California Riding Magazine • March, 2012

Here Comes The Chef!
Robert Ridland will be next USEF Show Jumping Chef d' Equipe.

The United States Equestrian Federation's Executive Committee has approved the recommendation of Robert Ridland as the next U.S. Show Jumping Chef d' Equipe/Technical Advisor pending the successful negotiation of a contract. This position will become available in 2013 when George Morris retires after six years of service. Robert was recommended to the Executive Committee by the Show Jumping Eligible Athlete Committee and the Show Jumping High Performance Committee.

The search began in June 2011 with the process of defining the job description and applications were due last November. Eric Straus chaired the Search Committee that guided this process. That committee included international competitors Rich Fellers, Will Simpson, Anne Kursinski and Beezie Madden, along with George Morris.

Robert's responsibilities will encompass developing and implementing the 2013 through 2016 Show Jumping High Performance Plan, in coordination with the Show Jumping High Performance committee. Winning international championships and the Top League Nations Cup series is the big goal. And that includes overseeing the training and preparation of candidate horse/rider combinations and monitoring the form, soundness, fitness and skills of prospective international horses and riders.

He will serve as chef d'equipe for the U.S. squads at the Olympics, Pan American and World Equestrian games and at other international competitions. The position also includes
serving as a non-voting advisor to the Show Jumping Selectors. 

Robert has a vast scope of knowledge and experience. He represented the United States on two Olympic teams, he is a course designer, competition manager and has served on the FEI Jumping Committee and on the USEF Board of Directors. His company, Blenheim EquiSports, is well known to California hunter/jumper competitors as host of first class competitions held in San Juan Capistrano and the Del Mar Horsepark. Blenheim EquiSports also ran three Rolex/FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas and brought some or all of the selection trials for the 2000 and 2004 Olympic show jumping teams to the West Coast.