Dr Phil Wadey has been appointed as the new chairman of the British Horse Society (BHS).
Dr Wadey, who was previously vice-chairman, took over the role on 17 June. He has been a BHS volunteer for 20 years and replaces Patrick Print who had been in office since 2004.
The former chairman of the access and rights of way advisory committee and founder of the Ride-UK national bridleways project, is set to serve an initial three-year term at the helm of the BHS.
“I am determined that we should exert ourselves even more to train, support and encourage our volunteers,” said Dr Wadey.
“The BHS simply couldn’t survive without the input of so many dedicated people, and it is essential that we equip them fully to do all we ask of them.”
He also honoured outgoing chairman Patrick Print adding: “I have no doubt that Patrick will be recognised for many years to come as the most transformative chairman in the Society’s long history.”
Carole Broad, chief instructor at Huntley School of Equitation in Gloucestershire, takes over from Dr Wadey as vice-chairman.
Dr Wadey added: “As vice-chairman, Carole Broad’s technical expertise and her insider’s understanding of the issues facing riding schools on a daily basis will be of huge value to the Society.”
Chief executive Graham Cory described the two appointments as a “dream ticket.”
Also elected to the board of trustees were Guildford and north-east Hampshire bridleway officer Bob Milton, British Riding Clubs representative for BHS Scotland Marjory Norris, and local riding club committee member Vicky Whiteman.