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I was recently told that I needed to be careful what I post since I am a public figure. I would like you to know that this post may make you angry, and we may disagree on this topic. I am 100 percent OK with that.

For those of you who disagree, either ignore me or help me understand why I am wrong. For those of you who agree with me, please help our sport by sharing this post. We can use the Fabergé Organics model: I’ll tell two friends, and you tell two friends and so on and so on.

Lexington, Ky.—Jan. 11  

U.S. Equestrian Federation President-Elect Murray Kessler is a man with a plan. He wants to grow USEF membership, and he’s prepared to use his 35 years of corporate experience and 40 years in the horse industry as an amateur competitor and father of an Olympic show jumper to make that happen.

The hunter/jumper, eventing and dressage associations have met, the holidays are over, the winter show circuits are beginning, and there's one last big piece of business to accomplish before 2017 can officially get under way in the horse world: The U.S. Equestrian Federation Annual Meeting. 

Traditionally this meeting is strictly business, with committees meeting in person, budgets being set, and rule change proposals either inciting riots or receiving the rubber stamp. Unless you were receiving an award, there wasn't much to interest the average equestrian competitor.

Jan. 15—Lexington, Ky.

Flipping to the back of Equestrian magazine to see who’d been set down used to be a guilty pleasure most U.S. Equestrian Federation members indulged in first thing when their copy of the official publication hit their mailbox. Digital access to this information via the USEF website only made it easier to discover who might have been complementing their training with a dose of mother’s little helper.

The U.S. Equestrian Federation hosted a press conference today, Jan. 13, at its annual meeting addressing the sudden departure of chief executive officer Chris Welton. The USEF announced Welton’s departure yesterday, effective immediately, and named U.S. Hunter Jumper Association President Bill Moroney to the position on an interim basis. Welton took over the position June 1, 2014.

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