David O’Connor Recommended by Eventing Eligible Athlete & Eventing High Performance Committees to be Next USA Eventing Leader
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LEXINGTON, Kentucky, April 15–David O’Connor, individual gold medal winner at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, has been recommended by the Eventing Eligible Athlete and Eventing High Performance Committees to be the next U.S. Eventing Chef d’Equipe/Technical Advisor to succeed Capt. Mark Phillips in 2013.
The recommendation will go to the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s High Performance Working Group before being presented to the USEF Executive Committee. David is currently president of the USEF, a position he has held since 2004.
The search for Capt. Phillips replacement began in 2010. Nine applications were received by the Search Committee. The Committee shortlisted two applicants: David O’Connor and Leslie Law, the British eventing Olympic champion and team silver medalist who moved to the U.S. in 2006.
“Identifying a Chef D’Equipe/Technical Advisor now will allow for a smooth transition for the riders and the eventing program when Mark Phillips retires in 2012.” the USEF said in a statement. Under Mark Phillips’ leadership since 1994, the U.S. has won medals at four Pan American Games, four World Equestrian Games and four Olympics.
In addition to his individual gold at Sydney, David coached the Canadian Eventing Team to team silver at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky and has proven leadership skills as president of the USEF and chairman of International Equestrian Federation Group IV that includes Canada, the U.S. and Caribbean nations.