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Gillespie to head up pony racing

22 January 2013

FORMER Cheltenham supremo Edward Gillespie has been appointed chairman of the Pony Racing Authority.

Gillespie takes over from Charles Barnett, who has recently completed his three-year term, and has been a staunch supporter of pony racing since it was
introduced in Britain in 2004.Barnett said of his successor: “I’m thrilled Edward has agreed to take on this vital role within an area of the industry so important to the future of the sport. Edward has such enormous knowledge and it will be very exciting for pony racing to benefit from this and his huge experience.”

Pony racing has become one of Britain’s fastest-growing equestrian sports and is regarded as pivotal in the training and development of budding jockeys.
PRA chief executive Clarissa Daly said:“It’s such an exciting time for pony racing, with some great initiatives planned. With Edward’s experience, passion and knowledge we really should be able to take the sport to the next level.”
Gillespie said: “Pony racing in Britain is a massive success story. I feel greatly honoured to be asked to chair the PRA and shall do all I can to help the board, executive and extensive support group to build on that success.”

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