The U.S. Equestrian Federation has released the names of the committee members appointed to identify a show jumping chef d’equipe successor to George H. Morris, who plans to retire in 2013.
“In 2013, I’ll be 75. By then, physically and mentally it will be time [to retire],” Morris said. “And the team needs a contemporary figure—more of a peer.”
Under Morris’ guidance, the U.S. team captured silver at the 2006 World Equestrian Games and gold at the 2008 Olympic Games. Morris has no plans to revolutionize his program in the time before his retirement.
“It’s not perfect, but this is how I envisioned my program going. My program is my program. I’m a very routine type of person. I’m not a changer. The next two years will be what has for the most part been very successful the last six or eight,” said Morris. “Perhaps in 2013 we’ll have a new face who has a different program.”
The search committee, of which Morris is a member, held its first meeting earlier this week. Members announced plans to hold open forums with other riders and industry members, where they will nail down details to develop the final job description.
Morris commented, “I think a chef d’equipe has to have international experience, preferably as a top competitor. They have to have a winning track record. They have to be a good horse person. And they have to be, to a big extent, a people person.”
After the open forums, an official job description will be created and posted on USEF’s website. Interested candidates may then apply.
“When it comes to choosing, I’ll be very impartial, and I will totally support who the riders pick,” Morris stated. “And if asked, I will advise. If not asked…I won’t.”
The Show Jumping Chef d’Equipe Search Committee members are:
- Chairman: Eric Straus, New Canaan, Conn.
- Rich Fellers, Wilsonville, Ore.
- Anne Kursinski, Flemington, N.J.
- Beezie Madden, Cazenovia, N.Y.
- George Morris, Wellington, Fla.
- Karen O’Connor, The Plains, Va.
- Will Simpson, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
USEF CEO John Long chose the committee based on recommendations from the USEF Show Jumping Eligible Athlete and High Performance Committees.