British dressage judge Stephen Clarke has been elected as the FEI’s dressage judge general.

Mr Clarke was president of the ground jury at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

He was elected to the post at the annual FEI five-star dressage judges seminar, which was held in Paris earlier this month (20-22 January).

Mr Clarke takes over from Ghislain Fouarge of the Netherlands, who became the first dressage judge general when the post was created in 2011.

Fouarge had opted not to stand for re-election for a second two-year term.

The role includes co-ordinating discussions among the judges, ensuring that all conclusions are communicated through to all FEI judges.

“We are very much looking forward to working with Stephen Clarke in his new role,” said Trond Asmyr, FEI director of dressage and ara-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 did a really good job of establishing it and finding the right roadmap for the future. We owe him a huge debt of thanks for all his work over the past two years.”