There was a boost for British equestrianism at last week’s General Assembly of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI).

Top Paralympic rider Lee Pearson (right) was named as chair of the new athletes’ committee, which aims to give riders from all disciplines a louder say in FEI business.

Lee told H&H: “I’m really honoured to be chairing the committee.”

National equestrian federations nominated candidates to serve on the committee, from which FEI president Princess Haya selected the eight committee members. Isabel Werth (dressage) and Andrew Hoy (eventing) are among the other members.

Other Brits join FEI committees

Former British Equestrian Federation chairman Philip Billington has been elected to the audit and compliance committee; international driving judge Diana L Brownlie joins the driving committee and Clare Whitaker, BSJA pony selector and board member and wife of top show jumper John Whitaker, joins the pony committee.

For more from the FEI General Assembly, turn to page six in the current issue of Horse & Hound (19 April, ’07)