Canadian show jumping team leader Mark Laskin resigns unhappy with Equestrian Canada

Laskin worked without a contract for seven months, he said in a statement Tuesday.

“I was told in the first week of April that a contract would be coming up,” Laskin said in the statement. “Seven months later, the contract that was promised to me has still not been kept.

Equestrian Canada recently undertook a review of Laskin’s work, he said, and it was led by CH High Performance Director James Hood.

“I am now in a position where James Hood told me that EC was reviewing the role and that he would write a job description and put it out as part of a tender,” Laskin said in the communicated.

“Almost after the fact, he added that I would be welcome to apply. This is EC’s version of a succession plan.

After two Olympic cycles, internal stakeholders and funders of the high performance equestrian system recommended in 2020 when planning the Tokyo Olympics a review of technical advisor roles, Equestrian Canada told The Canadian Press in a report. e-mail.

“Mark Laskin’s contract was in extension, and he agreed to remain in the role during the process and his input and expertise was sought,” wrote EC.

“Mr. Laskin resigned from his position prior to the publication of the post-Tokyo leadership review, the completion of the job description, and the passage to the hiring process.

“The job description and skills are under final review to be completed this week with a hiring target to take place by January 1, 2022.”

Laskin also cited interference in the selection of Nations Cup athletes by the Equestrian Canada management group as the reason for his departure.

“The leaders of our national federation must have an understanding and experience of our sport,” he said in his statement.

“Unfortunately, Equestrian Canada has many people in leadership positions who have no previous experience in the equestrian field. This deep understanding is integral to any future organizational success. The Equestrian Canada leadership group is making decisions that do not match my philosophy.

“In my opinion, the high performance program has been and will continue to be affected in the future with the current management group at the helm.

“Therefore, I felt that I had no choice but to quit.

“I am very sad to resign,” he continued. “Managing an international team is a complex task that requires the full support and understanding of the National Sports Organization, and this has not always been the case recently. “

The review of Laskin’s work was outsourced to an outside company that conducted interviews with Laskin, athletes, horse owners, high performance committee members and show jumping experts, said Equestrian Canada.

“The assessment was carried out with the support, guidance and knowledge of Mr. Laskin and the Show Jumping Committee with the goal of preparing Canadian high performance athletes for success in the run-up to Paris 2024 and LA 2028. “said the organization. .

“EC remains deeply committed to strengthening the Canadian show jumping team with the goal of being competitive on the world stage and having a strong performance in Paris and Los Angeles.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 9, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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