USEF Eventing High Performance has announced that Leslie Law is the new USEF Eventing Developing Rider Coach who will oversee the Eventing 25 and Eventing 18 programs.
“This is an exciting next step for the program,” U.S. Eventing Team Coach David O’Connor said in a press release. “Leslie brings a wealth of experience and will provide great leadership for the next generations.”
Leslie’s wealth of experience will be a huge asset to Team USA. In addition to winning individual gold at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, he also has two Olympic team silver medals, a WEG team bronze medal and two European team gold medals to his name.
The USEF received seven applications to fill the position and appointed a sub-committee of the Eventing High Performance Committee to review the applicants: Jan Byyny, Bobby Costello, Buck Davidson, Derek di Grazia, Phillip Dutton and David.
They selected Mike Huber and Leslie Law as the two finalists for the job. Chattahoochee Hills hosted the sub-committee last Wednesday for an evaluation of their teaching style in both a dressage and jumping lesson; they also conducted in-person interviews.
Coach David O’Connor said in his meeting with High Performance riders at the USEA Convention & Annual Meeting in Fort Worth, Texas, that hiring a Developing Coach will give him more time to work with the listed riders in training sessions, as well as make himself available for private lessons with other riders.
It’s exciting to have Leslie coaching our young riders, especially after he delivered such an excellent keynote address at the USEA Convention, speaking about how believes America has all the tools we need to start winning medals again.
“You have a wealth of top horsemen, riders, owners, top vets, top technology — every single resource one needs to be a top rider,” Leslie said. “Let’s create a stage and competitions that will attract the world’s top class competitors here, and I think it will bridge the gap you want to close between you and Europe and put you back on the podium where you belong.”
We know Leslie will play a large role in making that happen in his new job as Developing Coach. We’re excited to catch up with Leslie to hear about his vision for the Eventing 25 and Eventing 18 riders. Stay tuned for an interview on EN.