New SJ World Class manager announced

By: Horse Deals

New SJ World Class manager announced
New SJ World Class manager announced
Rob Hoekstra has been appointed as the World Class Performance manager for British Showjumping.

Rob will lead the showjumping programme in the run-up to the London 2012 Games.
An international show jumper, Rob has ridden at 5* level and is a successful trainer across Europe, with experience of coaching riders up to Olympic level.

"I am extremely pleased to be appointed as the Showjumping Performance manager and I am looking forward to what will certainly be a challenge but also presents a huge opportunity," said Rob. "My first task is to meet with all the riders and ensure they are focused on developing plans through to 2012. Over the next couple of months we will build those plans, working with key stakeholders across the sport in Britain."

The selection process has been detailed and thorough, comments Will Connell, World Class Performance Director.

"We are delighted to welcome Rob on board to the UK Sport funded World Class Programme," said Will Connell, World Class Performance director. "There is no doubt that he has a healthy challenge ahead of him, but we do have very talented riders and an increasing number of horses together with supportive owners; I am confident that Rob will develop plans over the next few months that will bring the team together as a cohesive and successful unit. This appointment would not have been possible without the exchequer and Lottery funding we receive from UK Sport.

Clare Whitaker, chairman of British Showjumpings Performance Development committee, said: "He will be the driving force to take us to medal success at the 2012 Olympic Games. I believe his appointment is a positive step forward for the sport and I hope that everyone will pull together under his leadership to achieve success for Britain on the world stage."