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Mike Etherington-Smith has been British Eventing chief executive since November 2008, having previously been sport director since May 2007. He took on this new role after chief executive Peter Durrant was made redundant.

He is best known as a cross-country course-designer, and has been responsible for the tracks at two Olympic Games, Sydney 2000 and Hong Kong 2008.

He is in charge of the course for the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010, and currently designs the four-star track at Kentucky, as well as the World Cup qualifier at Chatsworth.

He was designer and director of Blenheim Horse Trials for many years, including when the event hosted the 2005 European Championships.

Mike is married to Sue, and lives in Oxfordshire.