Hartpury College

Amanda Bond

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What I do: I oversee all matters equestrian in Hong Kong that are not racing. I lead a team of 250 staff, manage four equestrian centres and help key stakeholders with the strategic delivery of equestrian in Hong Kong. My role encompasses all aspects of the sport from participation level through to elite teams who represent Hong Kong on the world stage. I sit on the Board of the Hong Kong Equestrian Federation and the Riding for the Disabled Association. In my ‘spare’ time, I’m also the deputy chair of the FEI Para Equestrian Technical Committee and Foreign Technical Delegate for the 2015 European Championships and the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

How Hartpury helped to get me there: When I finished my studies at Hartpury, I was lucky enough to be employed by the College as a lecturer. My journey at Hartpury lasted 14 years and encompassed a number of different roles; ultimately deputy principal. During that time, I was also Event Director for the FEI World Para Dressage Championships, as well as for international dressage and eventing. From there I worked for the organising committee of the Beijing 2008 Games, based at the equestrian venue in the co-host city of Hong Kong. On returning to the UK I was appointed CEO of British Dressage. During that time, I was seconded to work as discipline manager at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Being a Hartpury graduate gave me an enormous grounding that has stood me in good stead throughout my career. Not only was the academic programme excellent, the additional opportunities available to gain real life experience were priceless.