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Bill Moroney

January 17, 2012

Challenges In Our Sport: Sixty Years Later

After reading that ignorance, cheating, judging and misconduct were listed as the sport’s biggest problems in 1951, our columnist sees a parallel to current issues.

While at the U.S. Equestrian Federation for a meeting recently, I had a few minutes before the other participants arrived and picked up a copy of the 1951 American Horse Shows Association President’s Report to the Board of Directors. As I read the report, I realized everything was absolutely true of our sport 60 years later.

October 17, 2011

USEF Regulation Proceedures Uncovered

Our columnist takes the reader behind the scenes of the USEF Hearing Committee, Hearing Panels and more.

The U.S. Equestrian Federation Planning Committee has been reviewing all parts of the organization over the past 18 months, including how members perceive the regulatory process.

Many aren’t familiar with the numerous components of the process until they receive a certified letter or want to file a protest or charge. As a member of the Hearing Committee and having served on Hearing Panels for the past few years, I hope to demystify this process.

August 29, 2011

Honoring The Work Of Others

Our columnist enjoys discovering and recognizing the great leaders of today’s sport.

As our summer comes to a close, organizations start the process of identifying the legends of their sports in order to honor the contributions they’ve made in the organization and in the community.

June 14, 2011

A Global Approach To Developing Young Horses

Our columnist is excited about the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s plans to develop an interdisciplinary young horse championship.

Everywhere you look, people are talking about the necessity of developing young horses for all disciplines and breeds.

March 14, 2011

The Ghost Of Horse Shows Past, Present And Future

Our columnist reflects on progress, the advent of big show businesses and how to keep more riders coming up the pipeline.

Lately, I’ve heard and read about people in our sport lamenting competition years gone by. These equestrians seem to be longing for the past, condemning the present and often not offering solutions for our future.

December 8, 2010

Remembering A Friend: Gene Mische

Some people are lucky enough to witness greatness in their lifetimes. Those of us in equestrian sports are lucky to have witnessed greatness in the form of one of our fellow horsemen, Gene Mische.

October 28, 2010

Taking The Next Steps For The USHJA

Our columnist addresses rule penalty guidelines, competition standards and costs.

September 23, 2010

The USEF Belongs To Its Members

Our columnist reflects on the responsibilities of the sport’s national governing body to its various parties.

The U.S. Equestrian Federation has existed in some form for more than 50 years with the purpose of governing equestrian sports. Originally started as an organization of horse shows, the federation has evolved into a member organization. With this evolution came a change in responsibilities, accountability and membership.

August 26, 2010

Making A Transition

Our columnist reflects on the changes in his life and career over the past few years.

A couple of years ago, a former client and friend sent me a note after she retired from riding expressing her appreciation for our time together. She wrote of how much she learned in our work together, but more importantly, how her lessons prepared her to function on her own as a rider.

May 21, 2010

Thinking Ahead Is Crucial

Our columnist believes that advance planning and realistic goals go a long way toward maintaining the welfare of the horse.

Advance planning is one of the key elements of a smooth and efficient business plan, especially when it comes to working with our equine friends.

You might think, “How does a business plan apply to me, who just wants to enjoy riding and competing my horse?”

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