Alec Lochore (pictured) is the new chairman of the British Eventing (BE) safety committee.
Alec takes over from Iain Graham, former BE Scotland and northern regional director.
He said: “I look forward to continuing the good work that Iain Graham and the committee have done before.
“Safety is obviously a significant issue in our sport both nationally and internationally and while I believe we lead the way in this area through our extensive and comprehensive data collection, analysis and research, we must also continue to strive for a safer sport through continued development, without compromising the integrity of the aspects that we all enjoy.”
The safety committee will work with the BE cross-country advisory group — a focus group comprising international course-designers, technical delegates and builders Eric Winter, Adrian Ditcham, Andrew Hunter and Jonathan Clissold.
Eric will take forward any suggestions specific to course-design and construction to the group for further research.
Iain Graham to remain on committee
BE chief executive Mike Etherington-Smith said: “Our safety committee has a significant responsibility in looking at all aspects of safety in the sport, especially with regard to the design and construction of cross country courses. Safety is, and will always remain, our number one priority and the committee is always looking at ways to improve safety in the sport.
“Thanks go to Iain for all his hard work and dedication to improve safety standards for both riders and horses over the years. I am pleased to say that although Iain has moved to another role within British show jumping, he has agreed to remain on the committee, so the sport will not lose his wealth and depth of experience.
“We are delighted that Alec is taking on this role. His experience across the sport as a rider, course-designer and official, combined with his knowledge of organising horse trials will stand him in very good stead as chairman of this important committee.”
Alec, who runs Musketeer Event Management is a technical delegate, course-designer and organiser. Originally from Scotland — his parents Polly and Hamish run Burgie Horse Trials — he is now based in Norfolk, where he runs Burnham Market and Houghton Horse Trials. He also took up directorship of Blair Castle Horse Trials earlier this year.