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In case you are in search of a traditional recap of the USHJA Annual Assembly this yr in Denver, please check with the Plaid Horse and/or Chronicle articles. In case you are dwelling for the vacations, don’t have anything higher to do, and really feel like taking a stroll inside my head, by all means, let me entertain you with my very own perspective. It’s lengthy, not that attention-grabbing, and covers quite a lot of materials…. If you will learn it, learn all of it, reply the questions on the finish, or flip again right here. No judgement. My opinion isn’t legislation.


December 2019

Alarmingly naive and unprepared, I began often attending these USHJA Annual conferences a number of years in the past in hopes you’d share the expertise with me, study with me, and be left to assist develop the game after I used to be gone. I cared, however I used to be actually hoping extra folks would care alongside me for the sake of the business. All of us want the work, in spite of everything. No work, no function.

I notice now how damaged our system actually is, and I’m standing on the sting of it, questioning if it isn’t higher to easily embrace the damaged. In any case, once you go searching at horse present folks, we are sometimes …. damaged.

Over the course of the first decade of the USHJA, circa 2004, it looks as if ten thousand committees had been fashioned to maintain folks (like us, however extra well-known) busy with quite a lot of concepts, proposals, ideas, and no matter else to launch the newly fashioned Affiliation into existence. The ‘assume tank’ of equestrians got here up with some sensible plans and took benefit of the wave of prosperity within the horse world, remarkably becoming a member of an unimaginable group of cussed, arduous headed, and impartial people – the horse present equestrians. These devoted horse folks created packages inside the USHJA, catering to only about each recognized particular person who might stability on the again of a horse, and many people learn about these packages.

We know Derby Finals, Inexperienced Incentive Finals, EAP,  Youngster/Grownup Jumper Champs, Hunterdon Cup, HQC, Gold Star Clinics, and possibly a number of others proper? The extra concerned you might be with horse displaying, chances are high the extra packages you might be accustomed to, appropriate? Appropriate. I’d spare a guess the common coach can identify 7 of the packages supplied inside the USHJA with out trying it up on the web site. There usually are not merely 7 packages inside the USHJA, nonetheless.

Equestrians, as a society, had been beginning to really feel overwhelmed; info, and alternatives had been coming from all instructions, and we needed to study social media on the identical time, (lol). Nobody mentioned STOP! We’ve got sufficient packages, let’s hit the pause button so we will develop these packages particularly. If some one did say STOP! then his/her voice was drowned out in a flurry of commotion, confusion and creation of extra packages, extra exercise,  and more cash.

USHJA meet Icarus.

Being overwhelmed is usually a actually huge deal for folks. I do know it’s for me. I hate it. I mainly turn into a large asshole and lose pals. (I assume I spend quite a lot of time being overwhelmed). Some folks lose extra. When an Affiliation turns into overwhelmed, good creators merely depart, lose hope, turn into bored with hitting the identical previous purple tape, listening to ‘no’ one too many instances, or ‘be quiet, that is confidential’ and return to their horses – fingers crossed they nonetheless have clients on the finish of the day, possibly attempt to keep partly within the recreation with the packages they helped to create, however in truth in all probability simply need to simplify their lives.

In any case, nobody was compensating them for his or her time ‘pondering or creating’.

The ‘creating of recent packages’ turns into extra of a deterrent to newer up and coming good thinkers as a result of it’s now not a enjoyable surroundings to be artistic in, it’s fucking work. Common folks begin in search of explanations, begin in search of solutions, and begin questioning what may very well be completely different. Each time I’m wondering why this weblog took on a lifetime of its personal, I preserve coming again to my preliminary motivation. I wished readability about why my dues had been being raised. Once I began looking for readability, I found others trying, too. I discovered quite a lot of commotion, then created my very own. I additionally realized the time folks spent explaining shit to me was staggering. If I needed to make my very own pie chart it might seem like this:


The State of the Affiliation. and SPC. 

You may see for your self, the pie charts are all on the USHJA web site.

The slides all of sudden aren’t clear. We had quite a lot of materials thrown our route Tuesday morning. I began to take notes, however gave up. It was great. Overwhelming. I vowed to kind it out later if the supplies may very well be made out there. I seemed round and noticed most individuals had been beginning to examine their telephones.

Now, one after the other, taking a look at every slide is just a little simpler to grasp, but I’m not positive what I’m taking a look at. Or, why. Or who for. I believe a few of these pie charts are harmful to share with ignorant folks, as a result of assholes like me begin asking inappropriate questions, and subsequent factor you realize a workers member will get fired. Simply kidding, that’s not how the world works.

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Right here is one other hyperlink to take you to the presentation, in case you missed it the primary time :


I ought to applaud the efforts of the strategic planning council for spending a gross period of time this yr understanding methods to simplify the erratically constructed USHJA. Andrew Philbrick, Sissy Wickes, Britt McCormick, and Cheryl Rubenstein put aside their households, horses, and no matter else to conceptualize a better and stronger Affiliation. Possibly the problem in 2004 was that the USHJA was desperately wanted, however fabricated by equestrians, not enterprise folks.  What was not recognized about forming a brand new group was crammed in with the identical bullshit we use to promote horses. It labored for a time, however finally the medicine wore off and the horse went lame. Years later, we actually must restructure…. one thing.

After the brand new Strategic Plan was revealed to us, the viewers (that’s us) was invited to contribute suggestions.  Some folks mentioned thanks, we will’t wait to see all of it work out!  It was nearly a gradual clap second. Like, possibly this could have been achieved already. I imply, I get it now, however, I’m not positive what was anticipated of us immediately following the presentation. Nobody received something.

Finally and fairly inadvertently, one individual modified course a bit by mentioning the absence of thoroughbred packages on the West Coast and actually like ten folks jumped up all of sudden to speak about thoroughbreds, their private experiences with thoroughbreds, the success of Thoroughbred packages, the insane wildfire of exercise within the nation surrounding the thoroughbred, what about this for the thoroughbred, has anybody seen my program for thoroughbreds?? and so on. and so on. and so on. You get the thought. Folks like to speak about topics they’re snug with, proper? Possibly it was twenty individuals who jumped up, I misplaced depend.  If it wasn’t so upsetting to see the look on the faces of the horsemen on the stage, it might have been extra humorous than it was. There was a small try and stifle the dialog, however no luck, it solely fired up extra folks. Within the blink of a watch, it went from the way forward for the USHJA proper to the way forward for the thoroughbred. Sigh. and LOL.

I stifled amusing ( I couldn’t assist it)  as I remembered I’ve been working for the final two years to deliver a decrease top to the Thoroughbred division we provide on the Zone stage, hoping to financial institution on the shift of the folks, however was met with extra resistance than I anticipated. In the meantime, off the rated circuit, all of us watch a 2’6″ Thoroughbred top flourishing like gangbusters, and I’ve to marvel if our ship has sailed as soon as once more. Oh effectively.

(Only for clarification, I used to be not the one who introduced up the subject of Thoroughbreds on the State of the Affiliation)


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It’s a joke, everybody ought to know the way a lot I like TB’s.



Hunter Champs for 3′ riders (.90-m riders).

Since early this previous spring, I’ve pushed practically every thing regarding nationwide horse governance out of my thoughts. My priorities modified, I used to be compelled out of labor to recuperate, I barely wrote a phrase or paid consideration, and though I by no means assumed the USHJA was in good fingers, I actually didn’t give it a lot thought. The one time I keep in mind discovering the urge to climb away from bed for a volunteer place was after I didn’t need the Zone 3 Youngster/Grownup Hunter Championships to be with out a chef d’equipe for his or her finals, however we couldn’t discover anybody to volunteer for the place, so I took my very first highway journey following my coronary heart surgical procedures to Tryon, North Carolina. It was silly on my half to decide to a protracted journey three months following hospitalization, however I did, regardless of my medical doctors elevating all of their eyebrows (I’m kidding, I didn’t inform them), and for a lot of causes, it was effectively price it. I loved the expertise fairly totally, I noticed pals I hadn’t seen in ages, (nor anticipated to see once more), and it was an amazing expertise for the kid/grownup riders attending. The present administration clearly made an effort to entertain this pretty new USHJA program, and it went off remarkably effectively, we realized quite a bit, and everybody agreed they’d attempt to help it once more. I had no college students competing, no compensation for my presence, however there was sufficient satisfaction within the journey to make me rather less pessimistic about the way forward for our sport. A number of the expertise admittedly is a blur, it took three naps on the best way dwelling to make it, however I did it, held up my USHJA swag proudly, and mentioned yay! go Groups! I reported again to the Youngster/Grownup Hunter Championships committee chair my ideas on future enhancements, and warnings for different occasions following ours (we had been first on the 2019 calendar) and put my power again into restoration.

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It could not have been sufficient. By now you may have in all probability realized in regards to the one yr hiatus of the Youngster/Grownup Hunter Championships. I received’t spend any extra time to bemoan the loss, however I’ll invite you to assist me deliver it again if you’d like it. If you happen to cherished this system, would you inform your mates? Would you inform me? I’m not positive why we couldn’t proceed the Zone Hunter Championships particularly within the Zones who need it, however I goal to seek out out. Not all USHJA packages are required to be held in all Zones, so it makes little sense to me why your entire factor needs to be axed throughout the nation? Hit me up with some extra ideas, and make sure you level out the irony right here.

(In case you are unfamiliar with the “Zones” within the USHJA, there are 12 Zones on this nation. I dwell in Zone 3.)


Educate me.

I didn’t actually take care of the Zone Schooling portion of the assembly this yr. It was a City Corridor, not an Schooling hour. Possibly at some point a brand new imaginative and prescient I heard instructed of Zone Schooling will come to fruition. Set the tables up within the ballroom with EACH TABLE representing a Zone, invite collaboration between Zones, and provide clinics afterwards to assist Zone committee members learn to turn into licensed in Course Designing, Stewardship, or Judging proper there on the primary day. We could be inspired to take step one to turning into licensed, and if some individuals are already licensed, we will make the most of their data to be higher officers. Mentorship, nose to nose interplay, do’s and do nots coming from our friends may be very useful.  Assist us develop our business domestically first, so finally these folks don’t stroll away, however turn into higher buyers in our sport. I’d love to have the ability to keep away from personal Zone conferences behind closed doorways, as a result of in spite of everything, there isn’t actually something personal to be mentioned in a Zone assembly. All of the minutes are already posted on-line (for y’all to learn as effectively), and sometimes the dialogue is ‘open’ dialogue or abstract and assessment of our previous competitors yr, combined with ideas on the yr to come back.

Elements of a brand new Zone restructure had been indicated to us in the course of the Zone Schooling hour, extra of which was to be revealed in two extra days.  If there had been a quiz on all of this on the finish of the week, I’d have obtained a D-.

I’m not positive if we had been all simply drained, misplaced, or probably not caring, however quite a lot of info went over our heads. I needed to ask my ‘boss’ (Oliver Kennedy) to make clear what is occurring with the Zones, however I believe the essential abstract is the USHJA is slimming down how info will get from riders to board members. So we, as a Zone committee, may have a greater probability of informing the Board of Administrators how we’re managing our exhibitors in our Zone by way of one hunter fanatic and one jumper fanatic from every Zone. Humorous how some folks do each, however okay. I assume it doesn’t actually matter. I don’t need to say Zones will begin to have the ability to make extra selections for themselves on managing packages supplied from the USHJA, however this truly may be a actuality shifting ahead. Fingers crossed.


The burgundy coat joke received previous actual quick.

It began Sunday morning and stayed with us far into Thursday afternoon. It was humorous as soon as. Not so humorous when it was uttered each time I walked in a room. Ask me about it once you see me subsequent time… I’m referring to the seemingly benign Rule Change Proposals (RCP’s) which draw out countless dialogue on points chances are you’ll or could not really feel captivated with.

1. Regulating Bounce Cup Depth

2. Going metric within the hunter ring

3. Numbering the jumps for Equitation Finals.

4. JOGging, JUGlling, JOKing.

First, I googled Potter Metal bounce cups, as a result of I used to be misplaced. Why is it so vital to manage bounce cup depth and use the right bounce cups in hunters and equitation? Don’t we try this already?


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Now I do know what you might be pondering, this must be frequent sense, proper? At first look it’s, however perform a little analysis and all of the sudden bounce cup depth turns into a complete new ball of wax. I used to be starting to marvel, identical to the burgundy coat, if we had been all lacking the precise level right here. (It isn’t in regards to the colour of the coat, it’s about defining and clarifying what different folks merely interpret for themselves.) So, so far as bounce cups go, possibly we’re at some extent the place we actually do want a standardization.

The Equitation Committee has a stunning presentation about it.  <<–   Click on on that highlighted phrase ‘presentation’ to get to it.

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I don’t know. I’m responsible of dismissing RCP’s after I see them written out within the yellow guide, and it’s apparent I’m not alone. I believe to myself, nobody will ever agree on bounce cup depth, how will this turn into a rule? The committees must be deciding whether or not or not the principles are ok to be dismissed or accepted and handed alongside to USEF, so why are we even losing our mind cells right here?

Secondly, I attempted to ‘think about’ promoting the metric system to ALL exhibitors, hunter, jumper or equitation throughout the nation…..

cross rail hunters, .70 child inexperienced hunters, .80 hunters, .80 equitation, .85 hunters, .75-.85 hunters, mares solely, .90 inexperienced hunters?

My mind stuttered…

Possibly the American system is dated and archaic, nobody can do the mathematics, and USEF may be very reluctant to ship out letters informing exhibitors who’ve inadvertently jumped too excessive so they’re no loner eligible for the division they need to obtain factors in as a result of they didn’t notice the horse they rode within the 1.10 jumpers (3’7”)  disqualified them from being eligible for the three’3” hunter division so now we want a rule as an alternative of a useful dialogue? Okay.

Sure, I do know you needed to learn a run-on sentence, but it surely appeared acceptable right here.

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I don’t fear in regards to the metric system affecting rated reveals and exhibitors, I fear in regards to the metric system not getting used on the native stage, and turning into one more deterrent to cross over to the rated stage.

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Thirdly, I in all probability shouldn’t even go there with numbering the jumps in Large Equitation Finals, but it surely was identified there may be nothing within the rule guide which says you CAN’T quantity the jumps, so by all means, inform your present managers jumps have to be numbered. Personally, bounce cup depth I could be persuaded to grasp and possibly even vote for, however a rule requiring numbering the jumps isn’t one thing I can see for the entire nation. Sure, typically each single rider does a take a look at incorrectly, however I see a studying alternative, these errors received’t be repeated, and, can we quantity jumps for us or the spectators? 

What occurs of you make a rule like this, it passes, then somebody forgets to quantity the jumps, then, does that make the entire class void? The phrases ‘blame recreation’ come to thoughts.


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Fourth on that listing – Jogging.  ::__:: there was a lot dialogue on jogging, I truly can’t keep in mind the place we ended with this one, so I made some shit up:

  1. We actually must be jogging horses for soundness in each division
  2. House owners of lame horses are at all times going to pine for the wasted hours ready for the jog
  3. if we dispose of the jog, we are going to simply must deliver it again in two years
  4. It actually isn’t such a giant deal to jog for soundness
  5. that is an annoying dialogue
  6. I simply misplaced 5 extra pals

It’s an archaic system, isn’t it.



Clipping or not clipping the muzzle. There may be at present no rule concerning beards within the present ring, so there is no such thing as a cause to invent one now. Don’t need to clip? Then don’t clip. Nobody will neglect to provide you a ribbon based mostly on a beard. If you happen to don’t get a ribbon and also you declare it’s as a result of your horse has whiskers…..?

That’s how we received out of a nationwide BAN on clipping whiskers.

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look shut all you beard lovers on the market, it’s okay to not clip.


Boots on Hunters

Nicely, no?


The place do I am going subsequent?

The fun of being unable to see all conferences overlaying all areas of sport, as a result of all of them convene on the identical time.

waiiittt, I’ve a query. Talking of equitation, what occurred with the equitation committee which was purported to convene on Wednesday? Or was it Tuesday? I often by no means go into that assembly for private causes (I don’t take care of the a part of our sport and am not keen on how these horses are handled) however I used to be curious if the Hunterdon Cup was going to be renamed. Nonetheless, Six folks had been lacking from the committee, a quorum was barely met, and a prolonged shaming occurred of these 6 folks. Are we nonetheless allowed to disgrace folks for not displaying up?  I’ve a really energetic creativeness, however that seemed extra like an intentional protest to me. Or, possibly there weren’t sufficient equitation points to debate? Nonetheless, André and I usually are not like bff’s or something so I couldn’t textual content him and be like “dude, the place is everybody?” Did they not present up as a result of they had been fearful about snow? Did they not present up as a result of the RCP’s had already been mentioned at nice size? Large thriller. Even larger silence.



An Beginner is an Beginner is an Beginner. I really feel like if I preserve repeating that phrase in ten years folks will see an newbie is an newbie, it doesn’t matter what top they’re snug leaping or what horse they lease or personal, or how previous they’re, or what demographic they arrive from. When these divisions had been fashioned 300 years in the past, I really feel they had been fashioned for particular folks, not all folks, they usually had been fashioned to maintain sure folks OUT of sport. Do we actually must be protecting folks OUT of sport? Applications are being minimize but we insist on protecting folks out of the competitors ring?

The jumper self-discipline is actively working to deliver these divisions ahead into the twenty first Century contemplating precise possession of horses in sport. Amateurs appear to face everywhere in the map on this one, however take the time to assume earlier than you protest “God save the Beginner division!” Are you protesting to KEEP different amateurs out of your method so you may win more cash for your self with smaller and extra sophisticated divisions, (main to greater complications for present managers?) or, do you actually consider the present setup is ideal? After we begin to settle for that no stage taking part in discipline truly exists with horse displaying, and your finest pal would possibly at all times have a bonus, we will transfer ahead as a bunch.

As if I wanted another excuse to query motivation of Amateurs within the present ring, there may be an precise rule concerning time frames surrounding Beginner Proprietor lessons within the rulebook. I’ll provide you with 5 {dollars} if you’ll find it. Trace: it’s on web page 799 of 1221.

Hear that? Was that the sound of me dropping extra pals?

If the horse present world might take a step ahead to actually work collectively on the specifics of the newbie divisions – heights of jumps,  possession eligibility, prize cash awarded, and so on., then possibly sooner or later we might work on the specifics of what actually makes up an newbie versus knowledgeable.

When you are standing nonetheless, the remainder of the world is shifting ahead. And if it doesn’t work? Lesser guidelines have been reversed.

Hunters, don’t panic, you may have ‘Custom’ in your aspect….



Have you considered the heights of smalls and the heights of larges within the junior hunters, and if they’re actually appropriate? Nicely, not appropriate, however want updating? Dialogue is beginning to guarantee one group doesn’t have extra entries than one other group. And will Devon provide 3’3″ Juniors? Shooby.

TCP or to not TCP.

Underneath building. To be continued… and don’t freak out, for those who had been at present licensed, you might be nonetheless licensed. However, they’re in search of methods to credential trainers, not certify them. I believe.

This poor program is a troublesome one for me. Are you extra more likely to be below the scrutiny of litigation with certification or with out certification, does it have an effect on what you cost for using classes, does it assist you to get extra work, put you in a particular class, disallow you from advantages, what’s it about this nation being too unfold out to initialize certification? Cash? Ignorance of state legal guidelines on horse actions?


Design me.

2021 may have a brand new requirement for Regional I and II reveals, however two years must be an satisfactory timeframe for the adjustment. Whats up! to the certification wanted for anybody designing programs on the Regional ranges… yep, it’s coming. I used to be towards this after I heard about it  final yr as a result of I personally form of prefer it once you don’t know what number of strides are in a line and you’ll simply make up shit as you trip alongside and if it really works out, you continue to get a ribbon, possibly even a blue one! Nonetheless, there’s a robust perception programs on the Regional stage are downright harmful and what higher option to entice future course designers than requiring managers to solely rent licensed ones. If it actually turns into legislation, I would take part within the certification, and drag my pals alongside, too. Why not be extra educated on all facets of equestrian sport?  If there’s a silver lining, it may very well be a actuality for certification to occur on the Zone stage to expedite training and remove journey prices. Every Zone ought to already home sufficient licensed CD’s to show us dingdongs methods to construct a correct bounce course.

Shit, although, will now we have to measure the 72′ line in metric?? I’m out.


Worldwide Derbies.

There was no quorum on this assembly, however energetic dialogue as an alternative. Louise Serio promoted development on this space and sparked an attention-grabbing dialog. Think about for a second how helpful hunters are scored. Flip tight, obtain excessive factors.

(Talking of Course Designers), ought to the helpful programs provide a special monitor for various top choices? Proper now, unhealthy jumpers could be awarded extra for taking the handier monitor. So the helpful factors awarded are excessive, however the precise efficiency is low. Figuring out their horses aren’t prepared for these very helpful turns riders select wider tracks, bounce decrease, however have sensible jumps…..and are penalized. Is that this a bit backwards or does it actually align with judging hunters within the derby ring.

Can we need to see the horses with unhealthy ‘entrance ends’ scoring larger and main the category with depraved inside turns over the horses with good ‘entrance ends’, however conservative tracks and no inside turns?

Once more, it was dialogue, not rule making, however at all times preserve the door open for enchancment, proper? Proper.


Unintended Penalties.

A phrase all too frequent at horse conventions. Make a rule, then watch the rule trigger a significant deficit someplace. Rescind the rule. Welcome to the Younger Jumper Education Steward Rule Change Proposal of the final nonetheless a few years. I believe I keep in mind there was a giant push for a required education steward for these naughty Younger Jumper riders who had been using within the mistaken form of hind boots, as a result of they forgot to learn the rule guide, is that proper? So when present managers went in search of this new required steward or wouldn’t pay for one, they merely dropped all the Younger Jumper Lessons from the schedule. At the very least, that was what we had been advised.

My suspicion is present managers dropped the Younger Jumper lessons as a result of nobody was coming into them, however what the heck do I learn about Younger Jumpers? I don’t have any. It’s my understanding the requirement for a steward for the naughty rule breakers may be going away.


Ranking Relevance. 

Present managers may have their work minimize out for them as they re-negotiate related prize cash in relation to point out Rankings with the USEF. Billy Moroney is sizzling to deliver horse displaying into the twenty fifth Century by claiming the present system is certainly archaic and reveals higher step up and begin calculating what’s honest. With restructuring of A and AA reveals, I’d hope present managers will earn extra potential to maneuver required prize cash payouts to the divisions that are extra closely attended, fairly than throw giant quantities of prize cash to the three folks signed up for Excessive Efficiency Hunters.

Don’t perceive? Proper now, the principles dictate the place the cash must be distributed, and people guidelines had been arrange years in the past to draw opponents to leap larger for larger cash, and a REQUIRED PAYOUT was seen as the best way ahead to resolve the problem of depleting divisions. Only a few reveals nonetheless fill the Excessive Efficiency as of late, but these couple or three horses obtain the majority of the prize cash inside a AA horse present.

Some argue it can kill off the Excessive Efficiency hunters all collectively, as a result of certainly the one cause folks encourage horses to leap 4′ (1.2192m) is for the bloated prize cash. It received’t, so long as we proceed to have Worldwide Derbies, and so far as I can decide, these 4′ (1.2192m) Excessive Efficiency lessons are solely related the place an Worldwide Derby is being held throughout the identical week. The logic of providing Excessive Efficiency lessons with nobody keen to enter them is past me, and if it prevents the A present from being a legit AA present, why on earth wouldn’t you need a restructure? HOTY factors….. as a result of HOTY factors are based mostly on cash received.

How about simply prize cash necessities for the Younger Hunters? The Younger Horse Present Sequence based mostly out of Lexington, KY presents loopy beneficiant $$$ for YEARLINGS to FIVE YEAR OLDS of EVERY self-discipline and we will’t provide prize cash for the Younger Hunter Division? Once I say I don’t get it, I imply it. I. actually. don’t. get. it. (The younger hunters are standing proper there with their hooves within the air, screaming, for those who received’t give us a finals, not less than give us some cash!) In addition they nonetheless don’t have a mannequin class. They additionally ought to have turn into the Pre-Greens, or Greens, or no matter you need to name them, however we missed the boat proper from the port, regardless of how Younger Hunters was initially envisioned. We ARE supporting shifting the peak for five yr olds down three inches to 2’9″ (0.8832m), so probabilities of demanding prize cash in all probability simply flew out the window.

The present system actually is ready as much as penalize riders selecting to leap a decrease top like 3′ (.9375m) by not giving them prize cash, and though it may be smarter, safer and welfare acutely aware, equestrian society chooses to scream ‘we’re watering down the hunter divisions!’ and bemoan the lack of excessively tall jumps within the present ring. Honey, it’s 2020. Discover a new slogan.  And you may depart the mileage rule banner at dwelling, too. as a result of shouting about eliminating the mileage rule is simpler to grasp for folks to assume they’ll remedy the way forward for horse displaying, however when you learn the rule guide, you perceive it’s an unachievable aim. A related ranking system is extra possible the answer.

Once more. Caught.

Caught in a world the place custom and customary sense conflict.

I fear how that is going to finish up and a type of instances I take into consideration who the best folks to make such a change within the business must be. Based mostly on historical past, the monitor document is probably not all that nice about who makes ranking selections, as a result of now we have ended up with a particularly fractured ranking system inside america, which only a few folks perceive. Fixing it inside a timeframe and from the attitude of both Present Managers or Exhibitors? Ugh, undecided about that one.

I spent the final week as soon as once more pouring over the constructions for present scores, and I gotta inform you, we’re so fucked. If you happen to personal a purple pen and are actually good at slashing by way of full paragraphs of nonsense, please hit me up.


Please don’t Secure Sport me.

2017-9 has confirmed to be a fairly horrific couple of years for equestrians on this nation, splitting and dividing us worse than I can keep in mind in my forty some years of participation. Sure, we’re athletes, the form of athletes with actually unhealthy consuming habits, smoking habits, and drug use, (not judging) so listening to the majority of what was unfolding in Michigan with the gymnasts could have failed to look on lots of our pc screens for fairly a while. Like, actually a delayed response in our tiny bubble of ponies and horses….there are even a number of individuals who have but to look at the documentaries in regards to the athletes. I perceive. It was arduous for me to look at, too.

I used to be going to write down fairly a bit about this subject, however you realize what? It isn’t price it proper now. Did I stroll out of the Secure Sport Assembly? Sure I did. Do I see an company overlaying the ass of one other company fairly than precise folks? Sure. Is somebody going to misread my actions/beliefs/morals/ and thereby label me? Most assuredly. Do folks label me anyway? effectively, sure.

Shit, what a horrible dialog. It looks as if each equestrian has turn into an knowledgeable on the subject, and each equestrian must be an activist on the subject.

I personally assume it’s completely unfair for me to not stand behind a authorities created company which protects minors, and I’ll do as I’m advised right here, however don’t make me hate it.


Vet Convention

One other missed alternative to obtain training? I’d like to know the way I used to be so blind to the AAEP conference being held subsequent door till three days earlier than our Annual Assembly began, however dang, I really feel like there was an enormous missed alternative to study from. okok, transfer on. moooooving on. relevance – 0.


Colorado Horse Park

Rumors flew across the web in regards to the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Co. and began proper earlier than I peaced out of Denver. Was it closing? Not closing? Preemptive assumptions could grow to be nothing greater than ‘we don’t really need boarders anymore’ (I get that),  but it surely brings up an excellent dialog. Land Preservation isn’t a lot of a subject us fancy present folks take severely sufficient, however ought to or not it’s? The Fox Chasers actually take it severely.

Take a second to write down down your favourite present amenities and perform some research. Are they okay financially? Are they owned by a basis? The State? How are they working? Are you taking their presence with no consideration? Most horse folks love entry to good amenities, however sure, certainly, I believe most amenities are taken with no consideration and the larger thriller usually is ‘who owns’ your favourite facility? The State or a Personal entity? What’s the distinction? Will the google assist me right here?


Stirrup Cup

I by no means had an opportunity to handle this poor little missed program. (It was not a subject on the annual assembly.)

The specs on Stirrup Cup Lessons say opponents want to achieve factors at three completely different competitions, earlier than incomes a yr finish award. I’m grumpy about this as a result of most opponents don’t appear to have entry to 3 B or C reveals of their Zone, and if now the USEF is permitting those self same B and C reveals to qualify Junior Hunters for a Nationwide Championship with one tri-color, it might appear to me the right quantity for a yr finish award could be 2? 1? Anybody on the market know in regards to the Stirrup Cup? Is every program inside the USHJA an vital hyperlink from not horse displaying to horse displaying?

And….can we give equal consideration to each Stirrup Cup Championships and Worldwide Derby Championships?


Are you confused? Misplaced? Drained? Yeah, identical. It’s a stupidly lengthy article, regardless of the way you take a look at it, and I touched on merely half of the topics, even after I leaned on others to fill in a number of gaps I both missed or couldn’t keep in mind.

I thought-about strolling away from all of this and let silence be the mic drop all of us want for to finish the struggling you bear concerning my opinion on governance inside the Federations. Simply pay up, shut up, and attempt to sustain. Lord is aware of I’ve higher issues to do. I should still stroll away, who is aware of, there may be nonetheless quite a bit to weigh in on about precisely the place I slot in, if in any respect.

These committee conferences happen all yr and contain all of those identical discussions, but, we solely hear about them on the annual assembly. We aren’t inspired to learn the minutes earlier than we arrive, nonetheless lack data on the method of governance, technique of rule altering, and we are going to cross this on to the subsequent technology. What a disgrace.


Riddle me this?

Do it’s essential take a second to determine why you’re a member and what sort of member you might be?

1. For Prize Cash

2. Factors

3. Journey

4. Time

5. High quality/Facilities

6. Skill to promote a horse/product

7. Introducing new purchasers to sport

8. Younger up and Coming Coach

9. Social butterfly

10. Don’t know what else to do

11. Different.


Extra Challenges

Think about trying across the room on the folks you may have positioned there and questioning if they’ve a very clear document with no skeletons within the closet? Equestrians have performed on the posh lot for many years. Equestrians have served on boards, entered governance, formed our business, and plenty of equestrians have questionable private lives. What if those self same equestrians, who made poor selections outdoors of the present ring are snatched up from proper below our noses whereas serving on a board or committee and might now not form our future? Can I ask that query? Is it in any respect related? The game strikes on regardless, appropriate?  It’s a arduous query. The anonymity of individuals making selections is nearly most popular so we could be spared gorey realizations, but nameless and transparency don’t precisely rhyme..

In case you are nonetheless studying, why? Actually ask your self why. Do you cling to the 4 letter phrase of HOPE?


We’re and at all times shall be equestrians on the finish of the day…..

I’ve to go throw hay out to the horses. Completely happy Holidays everybody.



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