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Bond to leave British Dressage

British Dressage chief executive Amanda Bond will leave her post in June to take up a senior role with the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Bond joined British Dressage in October 2008, overseeing a period of unprecedented success for the sport in this country.

Gloucestershire-based Charlotte Dujardin was a double Olympic gold medallist at London 2012, winning the individual title and taking team honours alongside British colleagues Carl Hester and Laura Bechtolsheimer.

Dujardin continued her remarkable run of success with two further golds at last year's Europeans, while she ended 2013 by breaking the dressage freestyle world record at Olympia on the brilliant Valegro.

The British team also won 2011 European gold, and the Great Britain para-dressage squad continued to dominate medal podiums at Paralympic and European Championship level during Bond's time in charge.

In announcing Bond's departure, British Dressage also confirmed that the recruitment process for a replacement was already under way.

"Amanda's departure will be a huge loss to both the company and the sport of dressage and para-dressage in Great Britain," British Dressage chairman Penny Pollard said.

"In her time as chief executive, she has shaped and moulded us into a more professional company and has never been daunted by the task."

Bond, who is to become the Hong Kong Jockey Club's executive manager for equestrian affairs, added: "My departure is tinged with sadness as I have enjoyed every second of my time with BD.

"Moving on was never going to be an easy decision, but the opportunity at such a prestigious organisation as the Hong Kong Jockey Club was not one I could ignore."