The British Show Jumping Association’s new chairman is former Nations Cup rider Michael Mac. His vice chairman will be Liz Edger, who is taking on the role in addition to remaining chairman of rules.
Mac has been a member of the BSJA Executive Board since 2002 and his background is steeped in show jumping, although he now works in insurance and also owns a wine bar. He competed successfully on ponies as a child winning classes at Royal Windsor, the Royal Show, Royal International and Horse of the Year Show. He then graduated through junior and young rider ranks, including winning at the Junior European Championships.
Mac represented Britain in four Nations Cup teams as a senior during the 1980s. He also held the 7ft 4in Puissance record at Olympia for some years. As a former international competitor he understands the challenges riders face on a day-to-day basis, as well as having considerable business acumen.
After being elected Mac said: “It is important for the sport to move quickly and effectively forward in 2005. I would like to thank John Jacks for all the good work he has implemented over the past two years and the association will continue to build on that.”
Mac’s plans for the future include securing more television coverage to entice increased sponsorship and income for the association. He also wants to see improved prize money on offer, which he believes will stimulate competitors and encourage owners to keep top horses for British teams, resulting in a larger squad being available to compete and win medals.
David Broome CBE will continue as chairman of international affairs, with Katrina Moore retaining the chairmanship for Training. Clare Whitaker remains as Chairman of the Pony committee.