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.

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

To Pin or Not to Pin? Let’s Stop Procrastinating!

The death of Maxime Debost at a one-star event in France last weekend was caused by yet another “rotational,” the type of fall when, having struck an immovable part of the fence, the horse tips in mid-air and, unavoidably, lands read more

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

The UAE desert endurance season is chugging into gear. It is accompanied by the annual spike in FEI horse registrations, mostly of the plane-loads of imported unfortunates set to hustle round the early 40km and 80km desert rides to “qualify” read more

Getting Your Act Together on Togetherness

Team success is as much to do with top riders all having super-star horses at exactly the same time their rivals don’t, as it is to state-aided high performance schemes. So in dressage, Britain is coming to terms with the read more

It’s Hard to Enthuse About Landmarks You Cannot See

Do you get repeats of Blackadder across the pond, the cult BBC TV sitcom starring our beloved Rowan Atkinson? It is set in various historical eras, and in his earliest manifestation Blackadder is the odious son of a medieval king, read more

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