Cuckson Report

Hello from over the pond!

I’m Pippa Cuckson and have been part of the furniture in the UK equestrian media for over 35 years, associated mostly with Horse & Hound and more recently the Daily Telegraph. Some of you may recognize my name from my more recent campaigning for a clean-up of endurance in the Middle East, and for the "phantom rides" expose. Endurance ended up becoming something of a global cause celebre, for which media colleagues around the world have generously recognised me, with a couple of awards.

I would not presume to label myself as an "investigative journalist," though I would love to receive your suggestions about any other subjects you feel wants putting under the microscope. And when I am not doing any delving, I look forward to sharing with you my personal ruminations about the overall European scene.

Would 20% Force Bad Riders to Reconsider their Positions?

You must have been living under a rock for the past few weeks if you haven’t heard about Shelley Browning and her unenviable dressage riding in California recently. I have never seen a social media storm like it. These were, read more

Truth Stranger than Fiction in Jumping ‘Sabotage’ Scandal

People accused of horse doping often argue they must have been sabotaged. I can imagine their legal people secretly thinking “yeah, yeah, yeah…” But now a cut-and-dried case of horse “nobbling” has come before the FEI Tribunal. The alleged perpetrator read more

Is it Too Easy to Become an ‘International?’

Scores of evolving equestrian nations belong to the FEI. There are over 130 member countries, at least half without the remotest chance of ever sending a rider to the Olympic Games. There are altruistic reasons for the FEI to oversee read more

Ocala Positives Expose Widespread Naivety About Human Doping

A fair few riders have probably spent the holidays reading FEI human anti-doping rules, following news that US eventers Hannah Sue Burnett, Jennifer Brannigan and Alyssa Phillips tested positive to prohibited substances at the CIC3*Ocala-Reddick horse trials, Florida in November. read more

New Endurance Rules Lost in Translation

British people, certainly my generation, can be very lazy about other languages. Much of the world has English as its first or second tongue, so we think we don’t have to bother. I was taught French in a very academic read more

IJRC launched the #YES campaign to fight against pay-to-play

Jumpers ‘Come Out’ About Buying Your Way To The Top

The horse world has always taken a lot of trouble to persuade the outside world it is not elitist – it’s one justification for being allowed to remain in the Olympic movement, after all. We specialist journalists try hard to read more

Endurance: So Much Wrong I Hardly Know Where to Start…

More new rules that attempt to slow riders down in endurance will be presented to the FEI General Assembly in 10 days’ time, following “official” research which shows the bleedin’ obvious: go too fast for too long and you will read more

‘Cartoon Colt’ Highlights the Travesty of Faux Concern

Just back from vacation and trying to catch up with El Rey Magnum, the “cartoon horse?” Well, good luck with locating the original promotional video and images. His owners Orrion Farms of Washington state, US, have pulled everything remotely connected read more

Bullying Behaviour Should Make Us See Red

Some enjoyable light reading plopped into my mail box from several dressage friends this week. It was a copy of the very detailed new “one finger rule” protocol for testing noseband tightness at CDIs. It highlights “the importance of horsemanship read more

ascending spread/triple bar at Chateaubriant where Maxime Debost was killed, which the FEI says could not be pinned.

Frangibles 2

A quirky series of adverts currently on British TV is certainly making an impact. Folks in everyday situations, like the grocery store are faffing around, trying to decide between one can and another when the disembodied head of Arnold Schwarzenegger read more

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