Toughen up Snowflake! The cult of bullying coaches

What am I looking for?

George Morris has been in the equestrian news a lot these days. His ban is due to findings that he sexually molested minors. But the other thing that’s been talked about a lot is his coaching style. Honestly, I thought that would bring him down long ago. Let’s face it. George Morris epitomizes the bullying […]

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Indian Summer

Indian Summer

After some terrible, cold, rainy weather we finally had a day of 60-degree weather. Had to get out and enjoy it while it lasts. I felt a little bad for Zelda as I haven’t clipped her yet and she got pretty hot. But not so bad that we didn’t go out for a good hack. […]

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No Stirrups November

No Stirrups November

While I’ve never been too keen on No Stirrups November I have a lot of respect for riders who have the strength and balance to continue on course without them. I have a vivid memory of losing stirrup while galloping through a big field on a foxhunt and being really grateful that we stopped when […]

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FEI Requires Protective Headgear for all Riders beginning in 2021

The days of the traditional top hat are numbered. Dressage riders must wear protective headgear at all times, in the show ring and out, at FEI events as of January 1, 2021. In addition, helmets are required during the marathon phase of combined driving events.  The delay in implementation is to allow time for education […]

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George Morris Permanently Banned by USEF

George Morris

Months after the USEF placed uber-trainer George Morris on its provisionally-barred list, today the United States Center for SafeSport, made his expulsion for “sexual misconduct involving a minor,” permanent. The provisional finding had been appealed by Mr. Morris. Last week, Morris, his accusers, and his supporters testified before an independent arbitrator in Manhattan. According to […]

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Depo banned for USEF competitions effective Dec. 1

Depo Provera or MPA

The United States Equestrian Federation Board of Directors has voted to prohibit the use of medroxyprogesterone acetate (MFA) which is the generic version of Depo-Provera —  in horses competing in USEF-licensed competitions effective Dec. 1. The USEF has been considering a ban on MPA since 2017, driving mostly issues with anaphylaxis, but also because of […]

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