Thom, O’Connor appointed to USEF athletic programs

US Equestrian (USEF) announces the appointment of Graeme Thom as Director of FEI/High Performance Athletic Programs effective October 3, 2022. This start date will allow for a smooth and collaborative transition as Will Connell will remain with USEF until November 25.

Thom has worked in the financial industry, achieved CCI3* level in eventing and was shortlisted for the Canadian eventing team. He has served as Chair of the Canadian High Performance Committee and has been a Team Leader for Canada or New Zealand for the past 15 years at major championships such as the 2007 Pan Am Games, 2008 Olympics, 2010 Alltech FEI World Championship. Equestrian Games, 2011 Pan American Games and 2021 Olympics.

Thom’s responsibilities will be primarily focused on sport operations. Overseeing the activities of the General Managers and Directors of each FEI-recognized International Discipline, Thom will be responsible for the development and implementation of the High Performance strategic plan and programs and the overall administration of all aspects of sports programming and courses for these FEI disciplines. . Thom will serve as a liaison with the USEF International Discipline Council and Athlete Advisory Committee. Additionally, he will fulfill the Chef de Mission role at the World Equestrian Games, Pan American Games and Olympic Games and is the primary sporting contact for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and the International Equestrian Federation (FEI). .

“I am very grateful to have been offered this exciting role,” said Thom. “I have extremely big shoes to fill with Will leaving. He is legendary in his role as Head of Mission and High Performance Director. It was a fitting testament that he was able to share USA’s successes at the recent World Championships. I will do my best to move up the ranks as quickly as possible and hope that my more than ten years as an eventing team leader will serve as a springboard for continued success in the future in all FEI disciplines. I look forward to meeting the staff and staff of the team very soon and very much looking forward to joining the USEF organization.

“Graeme’s extensive experience in high performance sports operations and management, coupled with his leadership and organizational skills, makes him a great asset to the Federation,” Moroney said. “I look forward to working with Graeme to strengthen and elevate high performance equestrian sport in the United States across all international disciplines as we look to the future.”

US Equestrian President Tom O’Mara added, “We are thrilled to have Graeme join our team and look forward to his leadership and contributions to USEF and equestrian sport.

David O’Connor in new role as head of sport

US Equestrian (USEF) announces the appointment of David O’Connor to the newly created position of Chief of Sport effective October 3, 2022.

O’Connor, a decorated Olympian, is no stranger to US Equestrian, having won individual gold and team bronze medals in all around competition at the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics and an team silver at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Additionally, David served as USEF President from 2004-2012 and currently sits on the FEI Board of Directors. In 2021, he received the USOPC General Douglas MacArthur Exemplary Service Award in recognition of his continued service and commitment to equestrian sports within the Olympic and Paralympic movements.

O’Connor’s responsibilities will primarily focus on strategy. He will be responsible for working with the leadership team regarding overall international and national sporting support of the USEF strategic plan and initiatives, sport integrity, education, safety and equine welfare. and humans. In addition, he will provide oversight of international and domestic athletic operations, ensuring that the athletic department’s short- and long-term strategic plans align with USEF priorities, and he will focus on building relationships with stakeholder groups such as USOPC, FEI and USEF Recognized Affiliates.

“I look forward to the opportunities presented by this new role within USEF,” O’Connor said. “The opportunity to have a 365 degree view of equestrian sport from a national and global perspective and to share strategies to ensure safety, welfare and enjoyment while developing the sport across all breeds and disciplines will be an exciting prospect.My passion has always been horses and promoting equestrian sport within and outside of our equine community is a very important mission, both personally and for USEF as a whole.

“We are delighted to welcome David to USEF in this new role,” said USEF CEO Bill Moroney. “As a key member of the executive team, David will provide thought leadership, innovative problem solving, and sharing diverse insights to guide strategic actions and important business decisions, drive priorities, and lead change for the success of organization.”

US Equestrian President Tom O’Mara added, “David’s extensive equestrian and governance experience will be critical to the continued implementation of USEF’s strategic plan and the growth of the sport. equestrian nationally and internationally.