El­iz­a­beth In­man

‘Thriv­ing in a male­dom­i­nated sphere’

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Grow­ing up in Stam­ford, in the shadow of Burgh­ley House, El­iz­a­beth’s in­volve­ment with the world-fa­mous horse tri­als seemed a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion. Rid­ing reg­u­larly in the grounds of the es­tate with The Pony Club, El­iz­a­beth be­gan help­ing out in the horse tri­als of­fice dur­ing school sum­mer hol­i­days. Af­ter a stint at univer­sity, aim­ing to fol­low her fam­ily into the field of medicine, she de­cided the eques­trian world was her call­ing. Now in her 13th year as event di­rec­tor of Burgh­ley, El­iz­a­beth has worked her way to the top in what has largely been a man’s world. “Fif­teen years ago, I was aware I was in the mi­nor­ity among or­gan­is­ers of eques­trian and other sport­ing events, be­cause they were of­ten male,” she says. “It didn’t worry me as I’ve al­ways worked on the premise that one’s abil­ity should come first. If you’re right for the job, you’re right for the job.” While El­iz­a­beth’s driven na­ture has got her to the top, she also cred­its fel­low eques­trian, Jean Mitchell, as her in­spi­ra­tion and sup­port. “Jean is a well-re­spected, in­spi­ra­tional ground jury mem­ber and event di­rec­tor who has judged all over the world,” says El­iz­a­beth. “She was hugely sup­port­ive when I first took over as event di­rec­tor; non-judge­men­tal and al­ways at the end of the phone if I needed her.”

If you’re right for the job, you’re right for the job

El­iz­a­beth took over the role of event di­rec­tor at the Land Rover Burgh­ley Horse Tri­als in 2005

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