Robert was born in Hamilton, Massachusetts and grew up fox hunting with the Myopia Hounds and showing on the local circuit. After seeing his first Ledyard International Three-Day Event in the mid 1970’s his attention was quickly drawn to the ultimate equestrian sport of Eventing. Throughout the 70’s and 80’s Hamilton was headquarters for Jack LeGoff’s USET Three-Day Event squad. This had an early and profound influence on Robert, as he knew from a young age that representing his country internationally would be his goal.
After graduating from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Mass Communications and a minor in Music Piano Performance, Robert turned an allotted six-month “trial-run” in the horse world to a successful business and competitive career that has now spanned three decades.
Major competitive accomplishments of Robert’s include an 8th place individual performance at the 2000 Sydney Olympics Games aboard his career-making mount Chevalier. This pair also earned top 3 and 4-star placings at Rolex Kentucky, Fair Hill International and the Burghley Horse Trials in the UK.
In 2003 Robert again represented the USA, this time winning team gold at the Pan American Games on the handsome grey Dalliance. The duo went on to future successes at Fair Hill International and Rolex Kentucky, in addition to being the top American finishers at Burghley.
Robert was joint partner with Leila Clay of C&C Sporthorse, Inc. from 1989 until the end of 2012. They ran the very successful business out of Leila’s Tanglewood Farm in Southern Pines, NC until it’s sale.
Since the sale of his last international horses, Robert has turned his full attention to building ROC Equestrian-- his multifaceted coaching, training and sales/sourcing business. As a USEA Instructors Certification Program (ICP) Level IV member (highest), Robert is among the most respected trainers/coaches in the U.S. His students consistently earn top placings at major CCI 2*-5* competition in North American and Europe.
Over the last several years, Robert has held virtually every volunteer leadership position in the sport, chairing both the USEF Active Athletes (2001-2008) and USEF Eventing High Performance (2009-2012) Committees. Currently, he serves as Chairman of the USEF Eventing Selection Committee for Olympic, World and Pan-American Games. He has sat on the boards of the USET, USEA and is currently serving on the USEF Board of Directors for the second time. In 2014, Robert was honored by the USEA for a lifetime of service with the prestigious Wofford Cup.
In his free time, Robert enjoys reading, playing his grand piano, tennis, skiing and traveling.