Mike Etherington-Smith to leave British Eventing

Mike Etherington-Smith has announced today that he is standing down from his position as Chief Executive of British Eventing (BE) in six months’ time in order to devote more time to cross-country course designing and consultancy work. He has been in the post since 2009.

“It’s no secret that my first love is being out and about on cross-country courses and I have been offered some more designing opportunities, including at the Adelaide four-star in Australia,” explained Mike. “It was a really tough decision to leave BE, but I feel that now is a good time for someone else to take over the reins.

“I’ve really enjoyed the job, which has been a real privilege, and would like to thank everyone in the sport, especially the staff at BE, for their commitment and support. I will always be more than happy to continue to help and advise where needed.”

The position will be advertised in due course.

“Mike has done an outstanding job leading his team,” said BE Chairman Hugh Thomas. “I quite understand his desire to do more course-design while he’s still able, but we will certainly miss him a lot.”

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