Rio 2016 will be Yogi Breisner’s final Olympics as eventing performance manager, he has confirmed.

The long-serving member of Team GBR made the decision following the London 2012 Games that he would step down after this year’s Olympics.

One of the most successful performance managers in the history of the sport, Mr Breisner has played a key role Team GBR’s eventing success over the past 17 years.

“When I took up the position in 1999, it was the early days of lottery funding for equestrian sport,” he said.

“It is incredible to see how much it has developed since. I have been very privileged to have been part of that evolution and to have worked with some world-leading athletes, horses and practitioners during that time.”

He added that his “full concentration and focus” remains on preparations for this summer’s Games.

Expressions of interest will be accepted from 30 April and the first stage of the interview process will take place in October.

The aim of the role is to give British eventers the best chance of winning medals at championship level, primarily at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and beyond.

“Mr Breisner has played a central role in the success of the lottery-funded World Class programme since 1999 and his knowledge, experience and advice will be sorely missed,” said the British Equestrian Federation’s (BEF) performance director Dan Hughes.

“However he remains absolutely focused, as we all are, on winning medals at the Rio 2016 Olympics at what promises to be a wonderful first Games to be held in South America.”


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The role is an integral part of the team led by Mr Hughes and the successful candidate will primarily be responsible for the design and delivery of the World Class Eventing Podium programme.

It will include the provision of coaching and other specialist support.

For more information, visit the job vacancies page at www.bef.co.uk