FEI Bureau Member
Mary K. B. Binks is a member of the FEI Bureau and Chairman of FEI Group IX, which brings together Botswana, Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Form an equestrian background, Binks refers to her first riding experience as “pre-natal”, and has competed in all three Olympic disciplines as well as Thoroughbred Flat Racing. She has experience in Reining and Driving and is also a thoroughbred breeder and racehorse owner and often loans her horses to young riders competing in Kenya. She is also an FEI International Jumping Judge Level 3, a 3* FEI Course Designer and a certified FEI Level 1 Coach.
Board Member of the Hellenic Equestrian Federation
George Dimaras joined the Board of the Hellenic Equestrian Federation in 2008. He was chair of its Jumping Committee for 5 years and he currently chairs its Veterinary & Doping Matters Committee and represents the National Federation for international Affairs, with the Hellenic Olympic Committee and within the FEI. He is also board member for the European Equestrian Federation since 2012.
President of the Greek Riders Club Association from 2004 to 2008, Dimaras has held the Greek Jumping Champion title twice (1985 and 2008), won three gold medals at FEI Balkan Jumping Championships and competed in more than 20 FEI Nations Cup™ competitions.
President of the Equestrian Federation of Jamaica (EFJ)
Betty Wates became interested in horses in the war days when petrol was rationed. She was taught by the British Army stationed in Jamaica, was a member of the Pony Club, and did her British Horse Society AI exam in the UK after which she taught in Switzerland. On returning to Jamaica she has continued to be actively involved in all aspects of equestrian sport.
Wates competed in Show Jumping for many years, but has concentrated on coaching and training teams to compete abroad. Instrumental in having Jamaica become a member of the FEI as well as many of the other Caribbean islands, Wates was also appointed a member of the Development Committee. She spearheaded the formation of the Caribbean Equestrian Association and has been a member of the EFJ’s management committee since its inception in 1983.