So, I don't know who all is super up to date on current US Eventing news, so I'm going to give a brief overview. Basically, Mark Phillips (bless him) is retiring from his US Chef d'Equipe (coach) position after the 2012 Olympics. Currently the deadline to apply to be the new US coach/technical advisor (it's two positions, really, but one person can hold both spots) in January 31st and there's a list of current applicants. They are:
Bettina and Andrew Hoy
Phillip Dutton and Bobby Costello
So, who would you like to see coaching the US Team and WHY?! I really want to know the WHY of your answer, and (not to be rude) but I hope it's more than "Oh he's won some Olympic medals" or "I've always wanted to meet him I'd think he'd do great!" Basically, do some research on them and their achievements (as both coaches and riders) and then type away!
I feel like a lot of people just kind of choose blindly based on the person's name and not on their actual qualifications, so this is an educational experience for all of you! Ready? Set? Go!
NOTE: I'm not going to post my personal opinions yet, but don't worry I will!
NOTE #2: The new coach will be chosen by a committee that looks at each applicant's (s') resume(s) that contains information about both riding and coaching achievements. They also look at possible conflicts that the applicants might have, etc.