The chairman of the British Eventing board of directors, Amanda Ratcliffe, has stood down due to “increased commitments”.

“After much thought and consideration I have reluctantly decided to stand down as chairman of BE. Having expanded other areas of my own business I no longer have sufficient time to meet the requirements that I believe the role of BE chairman demands,” said Amanda.

“I have greatly enjoyed my time with BE as a competitor, board director and chairman, and wish the sport the best of fortune in the future.”

Amanda was elected to the role in November 2010 having previously served as a co-opted board director from 2007 to 2008.

“Amanda has done a really good job as chairman and all of the board joins me in saying that we are sorry to see her go but understand the reasons and thank her very much for her commitment, enthusiasm, and leadership,” said Mike Etherington-Smith, BE chief executive.

“The board will be meeting in the near future to agree her successor.”