Ginny Elliot has withdrawn from the selection process to appoint the next performance manager for Ireland’s senior eventing team, a position she has held since 2008.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