Cheltenham Racecourse’s former Managing Director Edward Gillespie has been appointed Chairman of the Pony Racing Authority.
Gillespie takes over from Charles Barnett who recently completed his three year term as Chairman. Throughout his years at Cheltenham, Gillespie provided support for Pony Racing enabling the initiative to flourish and grow, since it was introduced to Britain in 2004.
In just eight years Pony Racing has become one of the country’s fastest growing equestrian sports and is pivotal in the training and developing of many talented young riders in horseracing.
Gillespie said he was honoured to take up the role. “Pony Racing in Britain is a massive success story. I shall do all I can to help the board, executive and the extensive support group build on that success.”
Retiring chairman Charles Barnett said: “I’m thrilled that Edward has agreed to take on this vital role within an area of the industry that is so important to the future of the sport.
“Edward has such enormous knowledge and it will be very exciting for Pony Racing to benefit from this and his huge experience.”
Clarissa Daly, Chief Executive, commented: “It is such an exciting time for Pony Racing with some great initiatives planned.
“With Edward’s experience, passion and knowledge we really should be able to take the sport to the next level.
“Over 100 graduates from Pony Racing have already gone on to ride Under Rules with many more working within the racing industry; we are aiming to provide many more.
“The PRA is committed to increase the numbers from non-racing and non-horsey backgrounds and to make racing more accessible to children and young people from all walks of life. With Edward as our new Chairman we are better placed than ever to achieve this.”