Saturday 23 September 2017

Equestrian: New chief De Vos vows to build on FEI progress

Louise Parkes

The FEI (international equestrian federation) last week announced the surprise resignation of secretary general and CEO Alex McLin and the appointment of his successor, Ingmar de Vos.

McLin, legal counsel and deputy secretary general for the Lausanne-based organisation at the time, took up the post in March 2008, six months after Irishman Michael Stone's sudden departure.

FEI president Princess Haya said last week that she is "truly indebted to Alex for his hard work and dedication over the last three years. He brought the FEI into the modern era and made it much more professional."

In a resignation letter delivered four days earlier, McLin said he was thankful to have served the FEI president in her first term. Princess Haya was reappointed for another four years at the General Assembly in Taipei last November.

Belgian De Vos has wide-ranging experience of equestrian sport. The 47-year-old is secretary general of the Belgian Federation and also heads up the European Equestrian Federation which was established in 2010. He has degrees in political science, business administration and international law and has acted as an advisor to the Belgian Senate.

He said last week: "The FEI has been through a period of profound change. It is a much better organisation than it was four years ago. We now have an opportunity to use this period of calm to build on our progress in a more deliberate manner. I am honoured to have a chance to be part of that process."

Meanwhile, world No 8 Denis Lynch and world No 7 Billy Twomey will compete in this weekend's Saut Hermes 5-Star show which takes place in the spectacular surroundings of the Grand Palais in Paris.

"Open to the top 35 riders in the world, the three-day fixture concludes with a €200,000 Grand Prix on Sunday.

Irish Independent

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