Rob Hoekstra to step down as Great Britain show-jumping coach.
The Great Britain show-jumping coach, Rob Hoekstra, has announced that he will leave his role at the end of this year. After overseeing plenty of success (6 medals won from the various championships by the British team under his guide), Rob Hoekstra is ready for a new challenge.
Hoekstra has been in the role since 2010 and his impact was clear as early as the European Championships in Madrid in 2011. The real golden era however, in all senses of the word, for the British team came during the two year period 2012/13. Under his leadership, the British riders won team gold at the London Olympic Games in 2012 and they followed up their Olympic success on home soil by going on to win the European Championships in Herning the year after. In terms of individual performances, Ben Maher with his grey mare Cella won silver while Scott Brash on Hello Sanctos won bronze. It’s also thanks to this success that the latter has been leading the FEI ranking list for months.
Via the official British Show Jumping website, Rob Hoekstra said that he believes it is the right moment to hand over the role to somebody else and build upon the work done so far ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016. Rob sent a special thanks to all of the horse owners that have always supported the British Team and helped them reach the highest levels. The outgoing team manager foresees a bright future for the team, made up of established champions at their peak coupled with emerging talents that have the potential to bring more success to the side.
Rob Hoekstra will officially leave his position on the 1st of January 2015 and his successor will be announced soon.