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Canada loses eventing leader in run-up to WEG

Graeme Thom

Graeme Thom

Canadian Eventing Team Chef d’équipe Graeme Thom has resigned from his position as leader of the country’s High Performance Committee, citing a “difference in philosophy” with committee members, Eventing Nation reported.

With his resignation on June 22, Canadian Eventing Committee chairman Peter Gray will serve as interim chair of the High Performance committee, and Jacky Green has been appointed Chef d’équipe for the upcoming Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

He told EN: “The riders have been absolutely wonderful to work with, and I have immensely enjoyed these past nine years. t was a privilege to work with David O’Connor, and he and I saw eye to eye on a lot of things. I felt that as a team, we made a big difference.”

Jacky Green

Jacky Green

Canadian Eventing Committee chairman Peter Gray said Thom would be difficult to replace. “Graeme has been a considerable influence in the philosophy, direction and the organization of our High Performance Program, and he has managed the Canadian Eventing Team for five major Championships over the past nine year.

Gray is working closely with Thom, who has offered his assistance over the next few weeks, to ensure the riders are provided with the best team management available.

“Graeme has been the most influential chair of High Performance and chef d’équipe that the Canadian Eventing Team has, without doubt, ever had,”  Gray added. “His knowledge of the sport and wisdom in preparing detailed planning and budgets for Team development and travel and has been unparalleled in the recent history of the sport in Canada. His expertise will be missed greatly. On behalf of the CEC, I thank Graeme for his outstanding work and tireless commitment to the team and the high performance program.”

At WEG, Jacky Green will act as Canada’s chef d’équipe and Max Corcoran will be the team’s stable manager. “These two knowledgeable people will compliment a team of highly qualified support staff,” Equine Canada said.

Former Equine Canada CEO Akaash Maharaj said he was saddened to learn of Thom’s resignation, “but grateful for his years of service to our sport and for the epic legacy he leaves behind”.

“He transformed high performance Eventing, and helped create a shared conviction that not only can Canadian Equestrians be the best in the world, but that we have no business aiming for anything less. He was fearless and ferocious in defence of our athletes and our sport, and we are all in his debt.”

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