Ginny Elliot pulls out of race for the Irish eventing team manager’s job

Ginny Elliot has withdrawn from the selection process to appoint the next performance manager for Ireland’s senior eventing team, a position she has held since 2008.

Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) announced in November that it was holding an open recruitment competition for the job. H&H understands that nine people have applied.

Ginny told H&H: “I had reapplied, but I’ve decided over the past few days to withdraw my application.

“I have spent four years there and feel as though I’ve helped a lot, but am looking for new projects.”

Ireland finished fifth as a team at London 2012, with Aoife Clark seventh individually; results that Ginny said had “exceeded all all targets that were set”.

She added: “I wish eventing in Ireland all the best for the future and I congratulate everyone involved in the huge progress we have made together over the last four years.”

Ginny dominated eventing in the mid-late 1980s, winning a world championships, three European Championships, three Badmintons and five Burghleys — she shared the record for most Burghley wins with Mark Todd and then William Fox-Pitt, until William went on to win the event for a sixth time in 2011.