Finnish dressage rider Kyra Kyrklund has been elected as the new president of the International Dressage Riders Club.

The six-time Olympian was voted in on 18 August by IDRC members and follows in the footsteps of Margit Otto-Crepin, who was president for 12 years.

British-based Kyra will have a four-year term before the next election.

The IDRC represents the interests of dressage riders around the world — particularly those who compete in FEI competitions.

“I was vice president before [since April] and have also been on the board for a while, so will not be implementing any huge differences,” Kyra told H&H.

“Wayne Channon remains the secretary general so we will continue to work together and co-operate with the FEI dressage committee.”

‘It’s going to be quite a lot of work but someone has to do it, and this time it is me. It’s time I pulled my carriage and I’m looking forward to it.

“I hope to work closely with national federations, trainers and competition organisers as well the new board members [who will be voted in after the FEI General Assembly in Taipai in November]. It’s an exciting time.”