Equestrian coaches scooped more awards than any other sport at the Sports Coach UK Annual Awards at the Dorchester Hotel in London last week.
British Eventing’s coaches Yogi Breisner, Tracie Robinson and Kenneth Clawson received prestigious Mussabini Medals from The Princess Royal, honouring their outstanding contribution to the success of UK sports competitors.
British Eventing’s Chief Executive Peter Durrant said: “It’s fitting testament that Yogi, Kenneth and Tracie have been recognised in this way and alongside other sport coaches from a range of disciplines. The hours they all put into our horses and riders to extract the best performances possible is proof of their dedication, skill and aptitude”.
Yogi Breisner was appointed British Eventing World Class Performance Manager in 2000 ahead of the Sydney Olympics. The 13 senior eventing team medals at championship level that have since been won, including double gold at the European Championships at Blenheim, reflect Breisner’s talent and dedication. He also holds the post of National Coach for British Eventing.
Senior eventing squad show jump coach Kenneth Clawson has been pivotal to Britain’s medal success. Clawson was appointed eight years ago and his last minute words of wisdom have clinched many a clear round. Dressage coach Tracie Robinson has been with the squad just four years but has made a fundamental difference to the level of dressage – vital for any team performing to medal-winning standards.
“We are all delighted and very proud of the achievements of Yogi, Kenneth and Tracie, in helping our riders to win so many medals”, said Colin Wilson, the BEF’s Consultant Head of Sports Development, “We hope to be winning more such awards for coaching in the future as we continue to implement our new coaching strategy across the Federation at all levels.”