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.

Shooting the Messenger – A Setback for Fair Play

This blog might appear to be about a domestic issue this side of the pond, but there are important lessons for all. Please bear with, for there’s essential background reading first. First, in endurance, mandatory rest periods are applied to…

Clamping Down on Paying to Play…by Officials!

It’s my time of year for ploughing through the proposed new rules for all FEI sports, which will apply from 2019 subject to approval at the FEI General Assembly in November in Bahrain. First, I applaud/berate the FEI for doing…

Dealing with Offenders: Let’s Learn from Other Sports

I didn’t want to write again about horse abuse in the competitive arena, I really didn’t, but it seems unavoidable. After the Oliver Townend fiasco at Badminton, and the decision of the FEI to review whip (and blood) rules for…

Voting Rights and Wrongs Revisited

A “record” 52 riders are contesting the upcoming athlete elections: so gushed a recent FEI press release. Well, it wouldn’t exactly be difficult to create a record: it is only the second time these elections have been held and –…

Ocala Positives: One-year Bans Despite Exoneration

In an agreed settlement with the FEI, announced today (May 28), US riders Hannah-Sue Burnett , Jennifer Brannigan and Aylssa Phillips have all been suspended for a year (through November 2018) and fined 1,500 Swiss francs ($1950) each as a result of…

Time for All Sports to Review Attitudes Toward Abuse

The FEI is reviewing the blood and whip rules for eventing, as a direct result of the social media storms over Marilyn Little at Kentucky and Oliver Townend at Badminton. The review is indeed welcome – but all FEI disciplines…

Why the World’s Most Popular Four-Stars are not Considered News

The turn of April into May is always massive for eventing, with Kentucky and Badminton on consecutive weekends. This year it’s an even bigger happening, for Oliver Townend’s fantastic win statesside with Cooley Master Class puts him in line for…

The Last Generation of All-Rounders Start to Pass

Three weeks ago I followed the FEI sports forum on livestream. After listening to David O’Connor’s eventing risk management presentation I made a mental note to pick Mike Tucker’s brains on a couple of topics raised, when I saw him…

The Foolproof Way to Reduce Doping Violations: Stop Testing!

The endurance “round table” at the 2012 FEI sports forum was the first time stakeholders started to openly shame the desert sport. The evening before I was introduced to the UAE delegate Dr Hallvard Sommerseth. Perhaps anticipating the next day’s…

Self-Interested Bullies: A Very Dark Day for the BEF

An unsavoury account of power struggles and back-biting at the British Equestrian Federation [BEF] has concluded with threats of millions in funding cuts if BEF member bodies [MBs] don’t behave. The long-awaited independent review – months overdue to the unanticipated…

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