If you want to be the best of the world, there needs to be joy in your training. I believe that riders have to have joy and harmony with their horse at the forefront of their focus, this is a key part of my approach to training.

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Erik Duvander was appointed U.S. Eventing Performance Director in the fall of 2017 after serving as the coach for the New Zealand eventing team for a decade. He has over 30 years of High Performance planning and development experience. Erik previously competed for Sweden at the World Championship and Olympic levels.

Before I was named to the position of U.S. Performance Director for Eventing in October of 2017, I took approximately six months to travel across the United States and teach clinics. As the former eventing coach for Team New Zealand, I had been working purely with High Performance horses and athletes for about a decade, but those six months of teaching younger riders, less experienced riders, and greener horses, turned out to be of great value to me in my quest to constantly be a better trainer.

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You’re Up – Erik Duvander: There Needs To Be Joy In Your Training