Ronan Murphy of Ireland Appointed FEI Director of Dressage, Para Dressage, Vaulting
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April 20, 2023
Ronan Murphy, a career sport official, has been appointed dressage, para dressage and vaulting Director for the International Equestrian Federation, the global governing body for equestrian sports.
He was Chief Executive Officer at Horse Sport Ireland from 2017 to 2020 where he implemented a complete restructuring of the Irish national equestrian federation. He was also a board member of Dressage Ireland and was recently chair of the European Equestrian Federation EU Committee.
Ronan last October took up the role as CEO of Hockey Ireland. He had also been CEO of the Irish Limousin Cattle Society.
The FEI described his equestrian and sports management background “as diverse as it is far reaching, having held different positions and roles at the national, regional and associate level of membership from breeding to governmental policy around horse movement, high performance pathways and administration, to name a few.”
“I am so excited to be taking on this role and to have the opportunity to positively impact a sport and a community which I am deeply connected to,” he said of his FEI appointment.
“The future of equestrian sport is very close to my heart. As a parent of very passionate equestrians, and a lifelong horseman myself, my ambition for this role is very much about securing the future for dressage, para dressage and vaulting, and creating that level of dialogue and understanding amongst the different stakeholders so that we are all working in the same direction and with the same goals.
“I am an advocate for change, where and when it can create those opportunities and pathways in order to successfully adapt to new environments, and I look forward to supporting this process within the FEI, and doing so collectively with my new colleagues and peers in the community.”
He will take up his post at FEI headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland in July, succeeding Bettina De Rham who left last December.