December 19 - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has announced that Eva Salomon (pictured) has accepted a position as the managing director and Chef D'Equipe for dressage for the US in the build-up to next year's World Equestrian Games (WEG) and the London 2012 Olympics.

The Swede served as the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) director of dressage from 2003-2009, worked with the Swedish Federation from 1984-1989, and then served on the Swedish Dressage Committee from 1992-2000, including Chef d' Equipe assignments, chairing the committee from 1995-2000.

Her equestrian knowledge spans more than 40 years in the industry and includes time spent as a rider, owner of a dressage training centre, breeder and as the owner of a horse that represented Sweden at two Olympic Games.

James Wolf, the executive director of sports programmes at the USEF, said: "The USEF is very fortunate to have Eva on our team.

"Her extraordinary abilities and breadth of knowledge in the sport of dressage will be a significant advantage to our riders as they prepare for the World Equestrian Games in 2010 and the Olympic Games in 2012.

"Eva and Anne Gribbons, in the role of technical advisor, are a very strong team.

"With these two extraordinarily capable women at the helm I feel confident that our athletes will be among the best supported dressage athletes in the world."

Salomon said: "I am delighted to join the USEF and am very much looking forward to the opportunity to join a very successful National Federation.

"I am confident that with my international equestrian background as well as my dedication and passion for the sport I will be able to assist US Dressage in improving an already successful National and International programme. 

" I am very much looking forward to supporting the US riders in their preparation for the forthcoming WEG and Olympic Games in 2012.”