British dressage judge Stephen Clarke has been elected FEI Dressage Judge General by his peers, taking over from Dutch judge Ghislain Fouarge in the role.
Fouarge held the post for two years from when it was created in 2011. He opted not to stand for re-election for a second two-year term.
The Dressage Judge General’s primary responsibilities are to create and co-ordinate discussions among the judges, ensuring that all conclusions are communicated to FEI judges through FEI Headquarters and Course Directors.
Clarke, who was President of the Ground Jury at the London 2012 Olympic Games, was unanimously elected to the post by the 5* Judges present at the annual FEI 5* Dressage Judges seminar in Paris from January 20 to 22.
“We are very much looking forward to working with Stephen Clarke in his new role as Dressage Judge General,” said Trond Asmyr, FEI Director Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage. “He is a first-class judge and a natural communicator, so he fits the job description perfectly.
“Ghislain Fouarge was the pathfinder for this role and he did a really good job of establishing it and finding the right roadmap for the future, so we owe him a huge debt of thanks for all his work over the past two years.”