New British showjumping performance manager revealed

5 February -  Former international rider Di Lampard is the new leader for British showjumpers — and has said it is now full steam ahead to qualify the team for Rio 2016.

After much speculation, Di was revealed as Rob Hoekstra’s successor as performance manager today (Thursday 5 February), and takes on the role immediately.

She will step up from her current role as Team GBR co-selector and deputy chef d’equipe for Nations Cup jumping teams — a position she has held since 2010.

Di also becomes the first female performance manager in British equestrian sport. She will now lead, develop and manage the jumping within the World Class programme.

“I feel proud and honoured,” said Di.

“I want to ignite the fire and passion of London 2012 to achieve success, our immediate goal being qualification for Rio in 2016.

“We will only do this with a no compromise approach and by creating a strong team spirit through open communication and transparency with riders, owners and support staff.”

She added that she will also support the World Class Development programme riders to give young showjumpers the chance to be part of the Team GBR squad.

“We will look to contribute a wider foundation of new horses and involve a larger pool of owners in developing the all-important horsepower we need to achieve success. Rob [Hoekstra] has left the position in great shape having seen British showjumping through one of their most successful periods and I am delighted to take over the reins,” she added.