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Michael Pollard

March 5, 2013

We Need To Prioritize A Coordinated U.S. Breeding Program

I’ve mentioned how important I believe breeding is to the future success of the U.S. international high performance programs several times in articles since the Olympic Games. It doesn’t take much looking around at the rest of the world to notice how woefully behind we are in this aspect of our sport. I believe this is the single largest gap we face as a nation in becoming a sustainable power in equestrian sport. The problem has evolved, and it will take time to fix, but without some immediate action we’re only going to fall further and further behind.

November 30, 2012

Michael Pollard Pledges To Take Positive Steps To Improve Eventing

Due to quite a lot of competing and traveling, it hasn't been often lately that I could sit and write. However, don’t lose faith! I promise I'm still thinking, and I’m as hungry as ever to help the sport where I can. I'm planning to attend both the U.S. Eventing Association and U.S. Equestrian Federation conventions, but for the first time, I intend to speak up when the time comes. I encourage those who wish things to be different to do the same. Now is the time when your voice is needed!

September 27, 2012

Where Do We Go From Here?

If there is one thing that annoys me, it’s the person who is forthcoming when pointing out problems but silent when it’s time to offer solutions.

September 13, 2012

Olympic Letdown Will Spur Us To Make Changes

With a new coach coming in, the U.S. event riders are in the perfect position to regroup for the future.

Though I’m honored to write an analysis on the Olympic eventing competition, it’s certainly daunting to comment on the performances of my friends and those who I hold in such high respect. Because I was at the competition and had an outside chance to compete myself, I feel that I was uniquely positioned to analyze our strengths and weaknesses and therefore have the observations needed to help diagnose why we fell short.

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