Mike Etherington-Smith is stepping down from his post as Chief Executive of British Eventing (BE) after five years in the role.
He intends to leave in six months time to devote more time to cross-country course designing and consultancy work. He has headed BE since 2009.
Etherington-Smith is one of the most highly regarded course designers in the world, having designed Olympic and World Games courses.
“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,” Etherington-Smith said. “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.”