Prudence Spurrett Elected Chair of Australian Dressage Committee

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SYDNEY, April 6, 2017–Prudence Spurrett has been elected chair of Equestrian Australia’s Dressage Committee with the aim of “developing the sport on home ground.”

The 69-year-old dressage administrator, judge and selector takes over immediately from Mary Seefried, a FEI 5* judge who held the post for two years and will remain a member of the committee.

“Developing the sport further domestically will be one of the main tasks for the Australian Dressage Committee in the next quadrennial and Prue has the right mix of skills and experience to lead the committee strategically to achieve this,” Mary said.

Prue Spurrett was described by the federation as “a passionate and highly experienced dressage administrator, judge and selector.”

She was president of the state of New South Wales Dressage from 2005 to 2015, event director for the state dressage championships in 2003, 2006 and 2008 and for three terms was a selector and judged at FEI events in New Zealand, Thailand, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

“We need to raise participation and put in place clear structures for competition pathways,” she said. “The ADC has the right mix of talent and experience to achieve our aim of developing the sport on home ground with the support of all involved in our dressage community we’ll succeed.”

In recent years, the top combinations on Olympic and world championship teams have been based in Europe. Selection of teams has been in Europe, leading to widespread complaints that the process works against home-based riders.