Rob Ehrens dismissed as coach of The Netherlands
After 16 years of loyal service, Rob Ehrens will be leaving his position at the head of the Dutch team by the end of the year. The KNHS, the Royal Dutch Equestrian Federation, has decided that it is time to breathe "an air of renewal" into its ranks. Their decision did not necessarily delight Rob Ehrens himself, who stated in a press release: "I would have liked to have been informed earlier and I would have liked to continue. I have always worked with passion and pleasure, but the KNHS has decided to make a new start and I am resigned to it."
Rob’s tenure has been a source of great success for the Oranje team. Since he joined the senior team in 2005, they brought home many medals. The most beautiful of these are the silver at the London Olympic Games in 2012 , the double gold medal at the European Championships in Caen in 2014 and then at the European Championships in Aachen in 2015. For a long time, the Dutch were by far the dominant team at all the podiums of the major events. Although that golden age was over, the team still finished fourth at the Tokyo Olympics this summer before winning the Nations Cup final for the third time since 2014. The coach's dream would have been to bring back the Olympic team gold (the only medal missing from his record!) but that task will fall to his successor, who is still unknown at this time. As for Rob, he will continue to train riders privately. It should be remembered that before becoming a coach, he had a long and successful career at the highest level, which led him to be selected for two Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 1984 and Seoul in 1988.
Photo credit: Léa Tchilinguirian