Jennie Loriston-Clarke (pictured) has been elected as the new chairman of British Dressage (BD).

At the BD AGM on Wednesday, it was announced that Jennie beat sole rival Dane Rawlins by 822 votes to 705. All 12,300 BD members were eligible to vote, but chief executive David Holmes told H&H he was delighted with 12% turnout.

“What we are most happy about is that so many people voted,” he said. “It’s a good figure and shows that people really care about who their chairman is.”

Jennie, who represented Britain at five Olympic Games, will take up the reins with immediate effect. She succeeds outgoing chair Desi Dillingham.

Don’t miss next week’s H&H (14 June) for more on this story, including reaction from Jennie, Dane and the dressage community