Fakenham clerk of course Hunter steps down from GB role

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The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) and David Hunter announced today that Hunter had resigned from his role as GB Para-Equestrian Dressage performance manager and Chef d’Equipe.

Hunter is the clerk of the course at Fakenham Racecourse.

Chief executive of the BEF Andrew Finding stated: “David has been planning this move for some time but, by agreement and in order not to disrupt the preparation of the team, we withheld the announcement until after the European Championships that were held in France between September 17-20.

“David has acted as Chef d’Equipe for the squad since 2002 and has steered them through three Paralympic Games (including the London Games in 2012), four World Championships and five European Championships. Under his leadership, the team has enjoyed a period of unprecedented success.

“We wish him all the very best.”

Hunter commented; “I have loved working with the team and I have made a huge number of friends at home and abroad within the international Paralympic family.

“I shall be sorry to leave but, having been in the role for 13 years, I came to the difficult conclusion that now was the right time to move on and pursue other goals and interests and to allow sufficient time for someone else to steer the team to further success at Rio next year.

“The timing of the announcement has been difficult as I didn’t want to disrupt the team in the run-up to, and during, the European Championships.

“The GB Para Dressage squad is in a great position to excel in Rio next year.”