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British Eventing Appoints New Regional Director
London, UK

British Eventing (BE) has appointed Frances Hay-Smith as successor to Iain Graham, in the position of Regional Director for Scotland & the North.

Based in Newburgh, Fife on her family farm, Frances has a history steeped in eventing, enjoying success as a rider at both Badminton and Burghley Horse Trials in the 1990's. Frances' greatest achievement was at Burghley in 1993, when she came seventh on her horse Jabba the Hutt.  Frances now owns advanced level event horse, Jo Brown, ridden by her nephew, Wills Oakden.

Frances is currently on the selection committee for the Derby House Pony Squad, Junior Squad and Jump Savings Young Rider Squad and is very much looking forward to taking on her new position as Regional Director from the 1st September onwards: "I'm very excited to be taking on this important role and am looking forward to Blair Castle International Horse Trials this weekend, where I will begin my handover."

British Eventing Chief Executive, Mike Etherington-Smith says: "We are delighted to welcome Frances to her new role. She has a huge amount of experience in the sport and I am sure that this, combined with her enthusiasm and knowledge of the region, will be extremely beneficial for everyone."

"Iain Graham has done a superb job for British Eventing in recent years, not just as one of our Regional Directors, but also as Chairman of our Safety Committee. We are extremely grateful to him for all his commitment, hard work, and support and wish him all the best in his new role at the BSJA."


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