The New Zealand eventing team’s chef d’equipe Graeme Thom is stepping down from his role after five years in the job, culminating in the Tokyo Olympics and a team trip to CHIO Aachen this season. Interestingly, this is actually the second time he’s resigned from this role: he stepped down just a handful of months after first taking the job in early 2017 due to a flare-up of a spinal issue, though he gamely took the role back on swiftly thereafter to guide the Kiwis through an extended Olympic campaign.
“He has been on the frontline for a rollercoaster of an Olympic cycle which ran for five years and included a WEG and two Olympic preps in succession, with the postponement of Tokyo,” says Jock Paget, who can be found these days in his role as ESNZ High Performance General Manager.
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Article written By Tilly Berendt