Former Olympic event rider Jane Holderness-Roddam has been elected as chairman of the British Equestrian Federation’s (BEF) managing council.

“I look forward to continuing the good work already achieved towards making the BEF one of the world’s outstanding equestrian federations,” said Mrs Holderness-Roddam.

“Since modernisation we have seen the BEF expand with considerable successes. I am thrilled to be taking on this position over a period which will see us hosting the greatest show on earth — the Olympic Games.”

Mrs Holderness-Roddam takes over from Linda Whetstone, the council’s first chair.

The role involves supporting the BEF’s 16 member bodies while working with the chief executive Andrew Finding and his team.

“The first five years following the modernisation of the BEF have been a challenging time but one during which communications and cooperation between the member bodies and the central organisation have improved significantly,” said Ms Whetstone.

“The next few years will undoubtedly produce different challenges, one of which will surely be pressure on the generous government funding that supports so many of the BEF projects.”

Mr Finding added: “We are immensely grateful for all the work Linda has undertaken over the past five years. In her leadership of the BEF Council, Linda has always encouraged debate and has made a huge contribution to the broader federation and its desire to work cohesively for the betterment of all. We are all better for it.”