Sunday, Mar. 3, 2024

Between Rounds – Bill Moroney

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

There were certainly many highlights in equestrian sports this year, as well as some disappointments. Being optimists, we think that the disappointments often turn out to be opportunities once you get past the initial emotion of the situation.

This year we witnessed the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games on our home turf. Yes, show jumping and eventing experienced some problems and did not produce the hoped-for results, but other sports such as vaulting, reining, dressage and driving really stepped up their games and proudly represented equestrian sports on the awards podium.

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.

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

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.

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