Stephen Clarke has been appointed president of the dressage ground jury for the 2012 London Olympics.

“To think of being part of this event is beyond exciting!” said a thrilled Stephen. “It comes with a huge amount of responsibility which is not to be taken lightly. Having been a member of the judging panel in Athens, the original home of the Olympics, to be invited again to judge in London is indeed a dream come true.”

Stephen enjoyed a successful international career throughout the 1970s and 80s, before concentrating on training and judging. He has officiated at five World Cup Finals, three European Championships and three World Equestrian Games. He is a Fellow of the British Horse Society, was presented with a Queens Award for equestrianism in 2010 and is a regular contributor to the dressage pages of H&H.

Stephen’s appointment was made at a recent FEI meeting. His fellow judges are yet to be announced.