Latest equestrian industry appointments

  • Ellen Svennerstal has been appointed as sales and marketing assistant at Keyflow Feeds.
    The 22-year-old event rider competes at three-star with her horse, Southway, and has represented Sweden on several occasions.

    Keyflow’s Cam Price said: “We are really excited to have Ellen on the team. The combination of business training and practical equestrian knowledge and experience will be hugely valuable to Keyflow.”

    Nigel Laughton is the new chief executive for Pentathlon GB.

    Nigel has 17 years’ experience working in elite sport and joins the organisation in November.

    He comes to Pentathlon GB after three years as performance director of British Skeleton.

    “I am honoured to have been offered this incredible opportunity in the lead-up to Rio 2016 and beyond,” said Nigel.

    The Society of Master Saddlers has a new president — Peter Wilkes.

    Well-known throughout the industry as head of Vale Brothers, Peter is passionate about excellence in saddlery craftsmanship, saddle fitting and the development and progress of the industry as a whole.

    Peter takes over from Helen Dart, with Laura Dempsey moving into the vice president role.

    “It is important that we never let go of our traditional craftsmanship while also adopting and looking into new manufacturing processes,” he said.

    “I am starting my term feeling confident that consumers are buying again and it looks set to be a very positive time for all involved.”

    Norbrook Laboratories has appointed Mark Brady as national sales manager for trade in Britain.

    With more than 20 years’ experience in the animal health industry, he was most recently with Pfizer, which is now Zoetis.

    Norbrook is a British veterinary pharmaceutical company set up in 1968 by the late Lord Ballyedmond.

    Rory MacDonald has officially retired from his position as chief executive of the British Racing School in Newmarket after 22 years.

    He has been succeeded by Grant Harris.

    Grant Harris has previously worked for the National Trainers’ Federation, the British Horseracing Board and Weatherbys.

    “I am honoured and proud to have been given the opportunity to carry on the great work Rory and the BRS team have achieved over the past 20 years that has led to the School’s reputation as a world-class training provider,” he said.

    “We will strive to continue to improve the quality of training and trainees for the industry in this country and wider afield.”

    Champion Chase-winning is jockey Jamie Moore the new “jumps ambassador” for the London region of Jockey Club Racecourses.

    “It is a pleasure to be working with Sandown Park and Kempton Park racecourses as their ambassador for the coming season,” he said.

    “They are two tracks that I enjoy riding at and I have been lucky enough to have had some great successes at both, so I feel honoured to have been asked to take on this role.”

    Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre’s board of Trustees has announced a management restructure which will see the new role of chief executive created at the charity.

    The current roles of operations director and fund raiser will be replaced with the chief executive and an executive assistant.

    “This is a time of great opportunity and change for the TRC as we move into the next three-year strategic plan,” said chairman of Trustees, Brian Acott.

    There have been a number of staff changes at Cumbria-based equestrian lick manufacturer, Horslyx.

    Horslyx product and sales manager, Gillian Neill, is now on maternity leave and Nick Mackley, who recently joined the team as UK north sales manager, will be covering.

    Becky Brennan has now been appointed as UK north sales manager.

    Longstanding Horslyx team member, Anita Watson, will be leaving the company this autumn and Jonathan Bagg has been appointed as export manager.

    Dengie has employed a new thoroughbred specialist and sales manager for Ireland.

    Former National Hunt jockey Padge Whelan is joining the company and has has extentsive experience of the thoroughbred sector, thanks to a successful racing career that saw him ride more than 120 winners.

    Dengie national sales manager Chris Allen said: “We are pleased to welcome Padge to the team. We are confident that, with his high level of knowledge, enthusiasm and drive, he will be a tremendous asset to the Dengie brand as he works to develop our potential in Ireland.”

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