FEI Jumping Director John Roche retired after a long and distinguished career, joining the FEI in May 1987. Captain Roche served in the Irish Army Equitation School and represented his country at top level in international Jumping. He started his career with the FEI in the Sport Department under then FEI President HRH The Princess Royal. He became FEI Jumping Director when the post was created in 2007, and also held the titles of FEI Jumping World Cup™ and FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Director and Director General Stewarding. He has contributed to the growth of Jumping from 340 international events to almost 1,800. Captain Roche will be an FEI guest at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and a special presentation will be made to him at the FEI Awards gala dinner during the FEI General Assembly in Johannesburg (RSA) in November 2020.