The British Eventing (BE) sports committee has a new chairman from this month.

Chris Hunnable, who has a long association with the sport, takes over from BE chief executive Mike Etherington-Smith.

The sports committee’s responsibilities include rules, training, performance, safety and fixtures.

“I am incredibly excited about the prospect of this role and really pleased to be invited,” said Chris. “I hope that I can achieve and give the time and effort back to a sport that I owe so much to and love so much.”

Chris trained with Richard Meade as a teenager and has been competing for the past 27 years. He has ridden in 50 international events and represented Great Britain at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

He was also was responsible for running the day to day business at Towerlands Equestrian Centre, which was established by his parents and served on the Sport Horse of Great Britain board for four years.

“This is an exceptionally important committee at the very heart of the sport and I am delighted that Chris is taking on the role of chairman,” said Mike Etherington-Smith.

“His experience in eventing as a rider and an organiser combined with his business background gives him a superb insight in to the issues that the sport committee has to consider.”

The move will also allow Mike to concentrate on developing the direction of British Eventing as well as realigning the structures and operating procedures that started in 2009.