FEI Sport Director David Holmes, Former British Dressage Chief, Ousted
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Dec. 3–David Holmes, former chief of British Dressage, has been ousted from the post of International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Sports Director. according to Britain’s Horse & Hound magazine.
After only 19 months in the post that required him to move from Britain to Switzerland, he left the FEI “by mutual agreement”.
“I’m shocked, this has come totally out of the blue this afternoon,” David was quoted by Horse & Hound. “It’s a resource issue principally—I was told it is for financial reasons, I suppose it’s the cost of the clean sport programme.”
FEI secretary general Alex McLin was quoted as saying: “We are adjusting the way in which resources are being used at headquarters and, with a very strong team of individual sports directors now in place, we are well positioned to move forward.
“David has been an extremely popular addition to the FEI staff and we are very sorry to lose him.”