German team gold medallist and individual silver medallist Ulla Salzgeber will hold three clinics for the Australian team in January.
The Equestrian Federation of Australia (EFA) invited Salzgeber to hold an initial series of clinics, with a view to turning this into a permanent coaching arrangement.
Salzgeber will travel to Australia late next month and will hold training sessions in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, coaching the Elite team and up-and-coming dressage riders. She will also assist riders’ personal coaches and examine the Australian team’s future potential.
The Australians intend to improve their dressage performance to “a level that provides a chance to place in the top eight countries in international Team competition,” according to EFA. Salzgeber’s clinics could be the first step towards achieving this goal, especially if the German rider will then train the Australian team on an ongoing basis.
“The first series of clinics will give both parties a chance to assess whether the program should be expanded to two or three visits a year and other coaching assistance overseas,” says EFA.
Salzgeber’s clinics will take place from 21 to 23 January in Melbourne, from 25 to 27 January in Sydney and from 29 to 31 January in Brisbane.