The Pony Club’s chief executive Judy Edwards will be stepping down next March.

During her ten-year tenure she has raised the profile of the Pony Club, established an in-house IT, press and marketing department and instigated the office move to new premises.

She said she “felt enormously privileged” to have held office for so long and “to have been so well supported by the team at Stoneleigh, the members of the Pony Club equestrian council and the committees and the myriad of volunteers who make the Pony Club what it is.”

There have been “many challenges and changes” but when she finally says farewell “it will be with the knowledge that I will be handing over the charity in good shape to serve future generations of young riders,” she added.

Judy Edwards is an FEI showjumping judge, and had a competitive careeer before creating Coppice Acres Show Jumping Arena at her Warwickshire home.

Her successor is expected to be in place by the end of the year to allow for a handover period.

London firm the Inzito Partnership has been appointed to find Judy’s replacement.

“We are keen to secure an appointment for this important position, which has a new job specification as part of our strategic review outcomes” said Pony Club chairman Mary Tuckett.

“The Pony Club is currently in an exciting period of change and development, and the new appointment is part of that ongoing process. We have appointed Inzito for their expertise, both within the equestrian industry and also the wider sporting and business community.”