Finalists for USA Dressage Coach to be Interviewed Aug. 3

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US Jumping Chef d'Equipe George Morris, member of dressage coach search committee. © 2008 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
US Jumping Chef d'Equipe George Morris, member of dressage coach search committee. © 2008 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, July 10–The finalist candidates to be the U.S. Dressage Chef d’Equipe/National Coach will be interviewed on Monday, Aug. 3 by the U.S. Equestrian Federation Eligible Athletes Committee and Chester Weber, chairman of the search committee.

The 11-member Eligible Athletes Committee will then send their recommendation to the High Performance Dressage Committee chaired by George Williams for the final vote.

At least 10 individuals from North America and Europe applied for the position, but that list is being whittled down to the finalist candidates.

The U.S. has been without a coach since the end of 2008 when the term of Klaus Balkenhol of Germany ended after eight years Jessica Ransehousen, a three-time Olympian and a former chef d’equipe, is filling in until a new chef is appointed.

Entries for the post closed two months ago and the search committee has sifted through the applications.

Weber, a four-in-hand driver, is chairman of the committee that includes Capt. Mark Phillips, Eventing Chef d’Equipe; George Morris, Show Jumping Chef d’Equipe; John Madden, Show Jumping representative, Karen O’Connor, Eventing representative; Mary Anne McPhail, High Performance Dressage Committee and Susan Blinks and Guenter Seidel of the High Performance Dressage Eligible Athlete Committee.

Compensation details are being discussed with applicants during the interview process and contract negotiations will be conducted when a final candidate is selected.