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.

Too Little, Too Late to Save the ‘Final Four’

Lots of people must think working in the equestrian media is very glamorous. You certainly go to events in lovely places and meet your idols on a regular basis. The reality is also incredibly long hours sorting through acres of…

Universality – Laudable but Horse-unfriendly

It was a shame the FEI did not live-stream Monday’s final debate on the controversial Olympic format changes, held at its General Assembly in Tokyo. I don’t think, though, that anything said would have changed many voters’ minds prior to…

Why Yellow Cards Need a Stronger Hue

In my last blog, I discussed whether it’s time to introduce a more detailed rider demerit system for rule-breaches in eventing. Or indeed, any sport. This followed the latest bout of social media angst over another alleged blood-in-mouth incident, and…

One way to clean up the mess with blood in eventing

I promised myself I would not enter the Marilyn Little blood-in-mouth debate. But the fall-out on social media about her Fair Hill ride set me thinking about the un-joined-up approach by the different FEI sports to many things, not just…

And The Hits Just Keep on Coming…

It may have been staged three weeks ago, but unsavoury matter is still rising out of the effluence of the world endurance championships at Samorin. There seems to have been so much anarchy and/or incompetence at the replacement venue in…

Protest Properly and You Will be Heard

It’s four years since I began following the endurance scandals in detail, and during that time I have encountered several frustrations for legal reasons: sometimes when I have heard about something truly shocking, the FEI statute of limitations, or need…

UAE Endurance: The Shameful Saga Continues

Hands-up anyone who seriously thought the UAE would be on best/better behaviour at Saturday’s world endurance championship (WEC) ride in Samorin, Slovakia? Having learned nothing whatsoever from the litany of criticism, FEI suspensions and legal agreements, the UAE delivered even…

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…

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…

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…

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