The U.S. Equestrian Federation and the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team have begun the search for an eventing show jumping coach. This individual will be responsible for evaluating and improving the show jumping skills of training-listed riders and the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team. This individual will report directly to David O’Connor, team coach.
“Traditionally, if you look back, we’ve had discipline-specific help in championship years,” said Joanie Morris, USEF managing director of eventing. “If you look back at everything David wrote in his high performance plans, the first year was really about evaluation of what the program needed and then going forward from there, trying to maximize performance and hopefully win some medals.”
Morris said the ultimate focus of this part of O’Connor’s program is to produce clear show jumping rounds, with the immediate focus being on the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in France next summer. The individual selected will work closely with a small group of selected riders to improve their show jumping and help them with course evaluation at certain competitions.
The job requires approximately 25 days per year of dedicated coaching at a combination of training sessions and competitions, and the individual would also be available for private coaching with riders between competitions.
“We need someone who can understand an event horse and get them to jump clear on the third day,” said Morris. “It’s not just like a show jumping horse. [It’s] a complicated job.”
To learn more about the USEF eventing show jumping coach, visit the USEF website.
Individuals interested in serving as the USEF eventing show jumping coach must submit a proposal and CV to Joanie Morris, managing director of eventing, at firstname.lastname@example.org by the close of business on Friday, Dec. 13.