I would go to some events. Since your in the lovely warm south, they may still be running fall events.
Going to events not only gives you an idea of how the events are run, but what level you'd feel comfortable and what your competition would look like. While you're there, you can keep an eye out for coaches (you'll see them walking xc and schooling the warm up ring). If you like the way a certain coach's students ride, look that person up.
FYI... once you start eventing, you won't want to go back to hunters... just saying.
If your horse says no, you either asked the wrong question or asked the question wrong
And God took a handful of southerly wind, blew His breath over it and created the horse