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New UK equestrian industry appointments

Jason Brautigam has been appointed as the chief executive of British Dressage (BD).

Mr Brautigam joins the team on 9 June and will replace Amanda Bond.

“I’m delighted to be appointed chief executive for BD and really looking forward to joining the team,” he said.

“These are exciting times for the sport. There’s a great opportunity to capitalise on the recent success of British riders to promote dressage to a wider audience and attract new supporters, whether as competitors, spectators or sponsors.

“Although most of my career has been spent in horseracing to date, I will aim to bring some of the commercial knowledge gained elsewhere in the equestrian world to help BD achieve its full potential.”

Phil Duff will be joining the Matchmakers International team as a new non-executive director.

Mr Duff will be joining Matchmakers, which is home to brands including Harry Hall, Masta and Caldene, having previously worked for Ariat.

Edward Wakefield from Matchmakers said: “We are absolutely delighted that Phil has agreed to join the Matchmakers Board, his knowledge, relationships and experience will be invaluable as, with the benefit of new investment, Matchmakers continues its renewed focus on outstanding product, great brands and first class customer service.”

Guards Polo Club has selected 4 young professional players to be ambassadors of the club.

Max Charlton (6 goals), Richard Le Poer (5 goals), George Meyrick (6 goals) and Jack Richardson (5 goals) will represent the sport at a variety of events at home and abroad for the next 3 years.

Jack Richardson, who played in the Club’s Major General’s tournament when he was just 10 said: “The opportunity to represent such a prestigious club as Guards and have the opportunity to promote this great game both in the UK and further field is a challenge that I will relish.”

The Ponies Association (UK) has announced that Martin Wood is to become the president of the Ponies Association (UK) Supreme Championships which will held at Stoneleigh Park on 8-10 August 2014.

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