'I’ve Retired More Times than Cher': As Robert Dover Steps Down, He Wishes for Sustained Excellence in US Dressage

by Amber Heintzberger /

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hen the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon end, Robert Dover will retire as U.S. Dressage Technical Advisor, a position he has held since 2013. It will not be the first time that Dover has announced his retirement – he joked, “I’ve retired more times than Bob Hope and Cher” – and it is likely that horses will always play a role in his life, but what that role will be going forward remains to be seen.

At the moment, Dover just wrapped a week in Aachen, Germany, coaching the U.S. contingent at the CHIO Aachen, where there were four riders in the team competition and four riders in the CDI4*. All of these riders – Laura Graves, Kasey Perry-Glass, Adrienne Lyle, and Steffen Peters have been named to the 2018 WEG team.