Content tagged with "Pippa Cuckson"

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Brief Encounters – The New ‘Normal’ in Endurance

I haven’t spoken to, or read anything written by, any veterinarian that disagrees with abandoning the Tryon WEG endurance ride. Vets all seem emphatic that horses were not coping with the fast rising heat and humidity. One told me some…

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Eventing Draws the Short Straw Yet Again

Who would bet against Tim or Jonelle Price being eventing world champion in two weeks’ time? What a superb Burghley for this hugely likeable pair. Tim may have been the winning jockey this time, but theirs is a true team…

Exhausted Winner Provokes New Endurance Controversy

An FEI Endurance Championship is again at the center of controversy, with video evidence of a highly distressed gold-medal winning team horse at the Maktoum/Meydan-sponsored FEI European Young Riders in Pisa, Italy, on July 26. Spain’s CS Rogelia was deemed…

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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…

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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…

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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 –…

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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…

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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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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,…

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Is it Too Easy to Become an ‘International?’

Is it becoming too easy to become an ‘international’ rider? 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…

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