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.

Why is Eventing Gold Eluding the Brits?

When will the British eventing team win gold again? This has been niggling at me for some while and, it seems, worrying the elder statesmen of our sport, for whom it was quite a topic during Burghley. Rio was the read more

Random reflections on Rio from a (very) remote control

A press release from the FEI popped into my mailbox last weekend of the sort probably not expected to be widely reproduced. FEI president Ingmar de Vos celebrated the clean sheet returned from the dope-testing of 30% of all horses (though read more

A Big Week for Coming “Out”

It may well be that I am preoccupied by the UK’s unceremonious “outing” of itself from Europe, but this week I can’t help but be more intrigued by the circumstances around the notable riders out  of Rio as opposed to read more

The Desperation Games, Part Two

Two of my last three blogs were about the speciousness of FEI rankings lists and the injustices of the individuals’ qualifying procedure for Rio. So it was interesting that both topics come together in the matter currently dividing the jumping read more

The Desperation Games

I am not keen on the FEI’s three-to-a-team proposal for future Olympics, and the inevitable catering for a lower standard of riding that will come with it. But in potentially opening up the Games to many more countries, we could read more

Overdue Diligence

In a long career you can’t remember every news story you ever wrote. However, one from the early 1990s sticks in my mind because it involved a conversation with Jacques Chirac, and it’s not often that a humble equestrian journalist read more

Random Thoughts on the Randomness of Rankings

Last year I had quite a few conversations with the sports desk of a national newspaper which went something like this: “Hello, can I interest you in a piece about Scott Brash winning his fourth consecutive Grand Prix?” “We’re a read more

Three’s a Charm

It can be rather endearing when someone who is not a native English speaker mixes their metaphors. At the end of an intense, five-hour debate about the future Olympic formats, FEI president Ingmar De Vos told me that “we can’t read more

UAE Endurance: How Much Longer Can the FEI String Out the Agony?

An occupational hazard of journalism is that when you ask a tricky question of a governing body, the answer often bears no resemblance to the points raised. Quite a few of us compare notes, and frequently receive identical replies even read more

Return of the Bogi

News that Dr Hallvard Sommerseth has been suspended for a mere two years for his role in the submission of over 500 sets of bogus endurance results to the FEI makes you wonder exactly what heinous crime a senior figure read more

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