Breisner’s role will see him work with equestrian Olympic national coaches and coordinators for the disciplines jumping, dressage and eventing in the run up to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. He stepped down from his role with the British Equestrian Federation following many successful years leading the British Eventing team.
“Yogi will be a great asset for us with all the experience he has accumulated over the years,” says Andrea Barth, Manager Sports/Competition who initiated contact with Breisner. “It gives us the opportunity and space to lift the level of the Olympic equestrian branches further against Tokyo in 2020.”
As well as a coach and team leader, Breisner was a member of the Swedish event team from 1976 to 1987, winning team gold at the 1983 European Championship where he was fourth individually. He finished in the top 10 at Badminton four times – his best placing coming in 1980 when he was third, and was ranked in the top 10 of world event riders for four years.
He met the Swedish coaches at the Competition Conference in Stockholm last weekend. He commented: “I look forward to working in Sweden and together with the coaches. I’m going to be a sounding board and share my experiences. But the best part is that I can work in the background. I have followed the Swedish equestrian sport during my time as a coach in the UK. So I know how it looks. Sweden has won a medal in every Olympics since Athens in 2004.”
“It feels very positive with this enhanced cooperation and that we can link to a leader with considerable experience and expertise of the highest international level that Yogi possess. He will, together with our three national coaches, provide additional force in the development of our Olympic events for the Olympics in 2020 and the way forward,” added Carina Skoog, sports director of the Swedish Olympic Committee.