Australian Olympian Clayton Fredericks, 44, has been named as the new Canadian Eventing International Technical Advisor effectively becoming the team coach and will assume the role on January 1, 2013. The new position became available at the right time in his highly successful international career as a competitor and Australian team member.
"This opportunity has come at the perfect time for me as I transition from competing to coaching," noted Fredericks, who has recently opened a new training center on the 750 acre Oak Lane Farm in Ocala, Florida. "While the Canadian Eventing Team has been generally successful with a sound foundation having been laid in many areas, I believe there are some key areas that are ready for a new perspective and I look forward to the challenge of taking Canadian Eventing to the next level. David O'Connor has already propelled the team to a higher standing in the sport with more consistent international performances and it will be my goal to enhance this record and make Canadian riders not only more competitive at major championships but consistently winning medals too."
"As a rider I know that the one aspect of a successful coach is how they convey their message and I am confident that my style combined with extensive knowledge, skills and international experience creates a very comfortable environment for riders of all levels."
Fredericks won Olympic team silver medal in the 2008 Olympic Games and competed at this year's London Olympic Games. He won an individual silver and team bronze medal at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games and won the 2007 Rolex Kentucky CCI4* event as well as being the FEI World Cup Champion in 2005 and 2008.
Fredericks was the Hong Kong Chef d'Equipe at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, South Korea, he served as a member of the FEI Eventing Committee from 2008-2012 and is a former Chairman of the Event Riders Association. Since 2003 he has been a Director of Southern Stars Saddlery.