Two experienced equestrians have joined the Selectors panel for Britain’s Senior Eventing team.
Olympic rider Chris Hunnable, 48, who competed as an individual at the 1996 Atlanta Games, and BE’s National Safety Chairman Jonathan Chapman, also 48, who is also an accredited coach, have joined the panel of selectors.
Hunnable has a strong background in equestrian sport, having assisted his parents in building and running Towerlands Equestrian Centre as well as founding and organising the former Dynes Hall Horse Trials.
In addition to producing horses, he sources horses for riders around the world. In 2010 he also became the Chairman of BE’s Sport Committee, playing a vital role in helping to ensure the sport continuously moves forward. Chris lives with his event-rider wife Sam and their two children near Halstead in Essex.
As well as his voluntary duties for BE, Chapman is a BHSI and full time BE Accredited Coach. He has recently competed and produced horses up to three star level from his base near Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire with his wife Laura.
Chapman has eight years of experience of coaching the British European CIC2* team as well as having ridden on the team twice, bringing home team Gold and individual fourth place in 2011. He is also part of the Coaching Development team established by Yogi Breisner and will soon achieve his UKCC Level 3 Eventing Coaching.
Chairman of Selectors Mandy Stibbe said: “Everyone who has been involved with the Senior selection committee has put their heart and soul into winning medals for Great Britain and putting something back into the sport we all love. Angela Tucker, Ian Stark and previously Lucinda Green have brought so much expertise and enthusiasm to the job; we have had fantastic medal winning success at World, European and Olympic Championship level.”
“I am very much looking forward to chairing this new committee and I have no doubt that Chris and Jonathan will be great additions. They will add a fresh outlook and wide range of experience. Bridget Parker and I are really looking forward to working with them as the season gets underway with selection for the European Championships at the end of the autumn and some really exciting sport to come.”
The British Senior squad are supported by the World Class Programme, through Exchequer and National Lottery funds, via UK Sport.