AFTER more than 24 years at the helm BETAs founder Antony Wakeham is stepping down from his role as director general of the British Equestrian Trade Association.
And his decision to take life easier has met with a big thankyou from his colleagues and many supporters throughout the equestrian industry for his sterling work over the years.
BETA Chief Executive and Secretary Claire Williams said: Antony has made a huge impact on the equestrian industry and it is good news that he will still be involved with a number of key issues and projects.
When I started at BETA I was very grateful for all his experience gained over the years and to have his wonderful support and backing at all times.
In January last year, Antony was awarded the MBE for services to the equestrian industry and equestrian safety.
A major force within the industry, Antony has been involved with countless initiatives including establishing the Jeep National Riding Festival.
Said Antony: I have thoroughly enjoyed my role within the equestrian industry and am looking forward to still playing a part in something which has been a major part of my life.
He has also been a driving force in the fight to save hunting, acting as spokesman for the association during many high profile debates.
Antony founded BETA in 1978, launching Equestrian Management Consultants (EMC) the same year.