Former Cheltenham Racecourse boss Edward Gillespie has been appointed as the new chairman of the Pony Racing Authority.
The 60-year-old, who stood down from his role as managing director at Prestbury Park in the autumn, takes over from Charles Barnett who recently completed his three-year term as chairman.
Chief executive of the Pony Racing Authority Clarissa Daly said Gillespie would help generate further interest in the growing sport.
"It is such an exciting time for pony racing with some great initiatives planned," she said.
"With Edward's experience, passion and knowledge we really should be able to take the sport to the next level.
"Over 100 graduates from pony racing have already gone on to ride under Rules with many more working within the racing industry. We are aiming to provide many more.
"The PRA is committed to increase the numbers from non-racing and non-horsey backgrounds and to make racing more accessible to children and young people from all walks of life. With Edward as our new chairman we are better placed than ever to achieve this."