February 21, 2012?The United States Federation's Executive Committee has approved the recommendation of Robert Ridland as the next? U.S. Show Jumping Chef d'?quipe/ 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. Ridland was recommended to the Executive Committee by the Show Jumping Eligible Athlete Committee and the Show Jumping High Performance Committee. Eric Straus chaired the Search Committee which guided this process.
Ridland of Irvine, California, 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, manages horse shows in California in addition to having run three Rolex/FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas.