The global profile of equestrianism is set for a boost this summer when Princess Haya becomes a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

A former Olympic show jumper, Princess Haya has been president of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) since 2006. She is one of four new IOC members — two of them women — bringing the total number of people on the IOC to 115.

Her appointment will be rubber stamped at the IOC’s annual meeting in Guatemala City in July.

This news report was first published in Horse & Hound (10 May, ’07)