Content tagged with "Pippa Cuckson"

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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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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…

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Latest Endurance Horse Deaths Raise Concerns About “Airbrushing” Results

Concerns that endurance horse deaths are being airbrushed out of official results have been raised again following two deaths at the 120km Al Marmoom Cup in Dubai Saturday. Catswhiskers Tiro Centauri and Kurrajong Unique were listed as Catastrophically Injured (CI)…

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‘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…

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