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Para-Equestrian Dressage Chef d’Equipe and Technical Advisor


Deadline is September 5, 2013 


Gladstone, NJ- August 15, 2013- The search is on to find the new United States Para-Equestrian Dressage Chef d’Equipe and Technical Advisor. Applications will be accepted through September 5, 2013. Updated job description, application, and timeline below.




USEF Governing body
Para-Equestrian Dressage Chef d’Equipe and Technical Advisor  

Job Description


USEF Strongly recommends that applicants fulfill a majority of the guidelines listed below; however all qualified applications will be considered. Click here to view the updated application timeline.

The Para Dressage Chef d’Equipe / Technical Advisor responsibilities:
➢ In coordination with the High Performance Para Dressage Committee (HPPDC), develop and
implement the 2013-2016 High Performance Para Dressage Plan to achieve objectives defined by the HPPDC, with assistance as needed from USEF staff. These objectives include but are not limited to the following:

➢ The primary goal is winning a team medal at the Paralympic Games and World Equestrian

Games, as well as CPEDI competitions.

➢ Monitor, in conjunction with the athlete’s personal trainer, the training and preparation of candidate athlete/horse combinations for international championships such as the Paralympic and World Equestrian Games, and other competitions mutually agreed upon with the USEF staff; in this capacity, the Chef d’Equipe / Technical Advisor will travel as appropriate, advising athletes, as appropriate, of areas for improvement.
➢ Monitor and gauge the talent of prospective international competition horses and riders; areas for improvement will be identified and communicated, as appropriate, to their riders and their personal trainers. Should not act as trainer (unless specifically requested by the athlete).

➢ Serve in the role of Chef d’Equipe:

➢ Act as the Chef d’Equipe at the Paralympic and World Equestrian Games, and at other

CPEDI’s as mutually agreed upon each year.

➢ Serve as a non-voting Advisor to the Para Dressage Selectors.
➢ Work with and under the direction of the HPPDC, and the Director of Para-Equestrian Dressage High Performance Programs, and perform the duties outlined above at times and locations  mutually agreed upon by the Technical Advisor/Chef d’Equipe and USEF.
➢ Provide a progress report at every HPPDC meeting.
➢ Provide an annual written year-end performance report to the Director of PE Dressage High Performance Programs and the Chairman of the HPPDC, for their review and analysis.
➢ Attend Para Dressage continuing education as available.

➢ Strengthen the Athlete Pipeline:

➢ Monitor and collaborate with existing comprehensive programs for all USEF National Coaches for the Developing and Youth programs, as well as the Paralympic Disabled Veteran Program.
➢ Provide strategic guidance for athletes, as needed, to aid in achieving their international competition potential and success.
➢ Assist in coordinating, facilitating, and promoting education specific to Para Dressage for coaches, trainers, officials, and athletes.
➢ Coordinate and support athlete/horse combinations, in conjunction with their personal

trainer and support staff, for international competitions.

➢ Assist in finding quality horses for the Para Dressage team.
➢ Assist in providing access for US riders into worldwide CPEDIs.
➢ Arrange for outside clinicians/judges to conduct observation sessions.
➢ Act as an advocate and to promote US athletes and horses to generate interest and

enthusiasm in  Para Dressage, especially with potential sponsors and owners.

➢ Additionally, there is agreement that during specific period(s) of time when the Technical Advisor/Chef d’Equipe is required to perform services for USEF, he/she will not be engaged by another individual or organization during the same time period without permission from USEF.
➢ Disclose personal conflicts of interest.
➢ U.S. domicile preferred.

The Dressage Technical Advisor/ Chef d’Equipe should have the following qualities:
➢ The strong desire to win.
➢ Strong leadership skills including the ability to inspire.
➢ Strong organization and clerical skills.
➢ Ability to exercise judgment and discretion, especially during stressful situations.
➢ Ability to think strategically on a national and international level, considering athletes throughout the country at top National level.
➢ Knowledgeable and influential internationally.
➢ Ability to have good relations with media.
➢ Ability to work well and effectively under pressure and in stressful situations.
➢ A supportive, encouraging and positive attitude towards athletes.
➢ Approachable and forthcoming with advice, guidance and knowledge.
➢ Open minded, flexible, and inventive, preferably including knowledge about adaptive Para Dressage equipment and techniques as well as knowledge of common disabilities found in Para-Equestrian Dressage.
➢ Ability to foster talent, i.e. guide the careers of horses and athletes.
➢ Able to travel in the US and to all areas of the world and be in contact with the riders.
➢ Agreeable to spend approx. 50% of his/her time with administrative duties and 50% on the road.

The Dressage Technical Advisor/ Chef d’Equipe should have the following experience:
➢ International Olympic/Championship experience in an Official capacity.
➢ Proven leadership ability to guide the High Performance Plan to Championship level.
➢ Demonstrated ability to work successfully with: athletes, trainers, coaches, judges, veterinarians, owners, and fellow USEF staff members.





About United States Para-Equestrian Association:


The USPEA is a network of riders, judges, national federation board members, and equestrian enthusiasts.  The association gives athletes the ability to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Para-Equestrian sport. The USPEA encourages para-athletes to participate in all disciplines under the para-equestrian umbrella.


The USPEA is a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) which serves as the National Governing Body for the equestrian sport.  This relationship between the USPEA and USEF is to encourage para-equestrian competitors, leisure riders, coaches, fans and enthusiasts to network and get involved with the entire equestrian sport.


Ultimately the goal of the USPEA is to foster growth in the para-equestrian discipline.  From growth in the number of participants to growth as a team, and growth in the experience and knowledge of all involved.  From local horse shows to international Olympic Games, the USPEA will provide para-equestrians the knowledge of what they need to succeed.  The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), and USEF which provides Para-Equestrians the top equestrian resources.


In June 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status which has encouraged supporters to help supply funding to the Para-Equestrian Team as a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation(USEF).


For more information about the USPEA please visit www.USPEA.org or contact USPEA President: Hope Hand by e-mail: Wheeler966@aol.com or by phone: (610)356-6481.


To view an online version of this press release please visit: http://uspea.org/category/recent-uspea-press-news/

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