LEASES & TRAINERS: More Than Meets the Eye – The Plaid Horse

Leasing a horse is to accept the responsibilities of temporary ownership. You are buying the horse for a specific period with all the good and bad, hoped for, and unexpected along the way. Like a purchase, the rider lessee’s trainer plays an important role in the lease venture, perhaps even a more important role than in a purchase. The experience the rider has during the lease depends on the trainer’s skill in finding the right horse to fit the rider’s needs.

There are immediate needs and reasonable financial constraints. The horse returned to the owner lessor at the end of the lease depends on the trainer’s keeping the horse in the proper program and with proper care.

By |April 20th, 2016|Articles|

The Dispute Between GCL And The FEI: Why It’s A Big Deal For The Horses – Chronicle of the Horse

Many people have heard about the FEI’s attempts to stop the Global Champions League team show jumping series, but few are involved. While the popular Longines Global Champions Tour operates under FEI rules, the GCL – a creation of GCT owners Jan Tops and Frank McCourt – seeks to operate as an unsanctioned event outside of FEI established sport, and the Belgian courts have temporarily allowed them to continue based on the allegations that the FEI’s exclusivity clause violated the European Union fair competition laws.

By |February 10th, 2016|Articles|

Chronicle of the Horse Letter to the Editor – Hard Choices Ahead

I have received several thoughtful comments, both written and at the rail about my column “Why The USEF Drugs And Medications Policy Isn’t Working” (Oct. 26, p.40), and all are much appreciated, as it means a meaningful discussion has been started. The need to protect horse welfare and to protect fair play for all competitors requires that hard choices be made as to how we identify those responsible for drug and medication violations.

By |December 15th, 2015|Articles|

Less Risk, More Reward: Get the Most Out of Your Next Lease – The Plaid Horse

Leasing is an attractive alternative to buying or selling a horse for many riders and owners because it is able to accommodate a wide range of needs. As with any form of contract, leases vary in complexity depending on the particular needs of the individuals involved, from simple form agreements to detailed individualized provisions.

These documents can be complex – what is the level of the horse? How much money is involved? How much risk are the lessor and lessee willing to take? These questions are and more help to determine how in-depth the lease agreement document needs to be.

By |November 30th, 2015|Articles|

Why The USEF Drug And Medication Policy Isn’t Working

A prominent court decision has highlighted some fundamental problems with the use of calmers in show horses and the U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF)’s drug policies and methods of handling the issue. First, let me share some background on the case.

After Betsee Parker’s Inclusive tested positive for GABA at the 2014 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship, the USEF charged Brigid Colvin and Steven Rivetts as the trainers responsible for the doping violation. At the USEF hearing this May, Colvin and Rivetts provided contradictory and confusing testimony as to who had control over the horse and was responsible for the doping violation.

By |October 22nd, 2015|Articles|

Can Horse Shows Be Affordable?

An affordable horse show is an oxymoron, but making a horse show more affordable is not. Horse shows are expensive. Entry fees alone are costly, but when you factor in related expenses, the costs can become exorbitant, especially for riders desiring to show on a regular basis. While horse shows will never be inexpensive, these tips may help owners minimize some of their costs.

By |October 13th, 2015|Articles|

USEF Should Immediately Ban Hooked Safety Stirrups – They’re Simply Not Safe

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) needs to protect its children and junior riders by prohibiting rubber band and hooked safety stirrups from being used at recognized competitions. There is a long history of riders getting caught on the hook part of the safety stirrups when dismounting or falling. Riders have had the hook catch their belt or clothes on the way down. Some riders have had the hook rip through their clothing and cause mutilating injuries to the abdomen, genitals and groin. These injuries have been known to occur in the riding community for several years and, yet, they are used by many young riders at horse shows every day. This puts child riders at continuing risk of horrible injuries. The USEF should address the risk of injury these stirrups create and protect its members by prohibiting their use at shows.

By |August 3rd, 2015|Articles|

A Simple Catch Ride… Maybe Not – The Plaid Horse

As long as there are ponies, there will be a need for pony catch riders. Tiny children matched with green or mischievous ponies present notable challenge, especially on a horse show day. A catch ride with a more experience pony riders is a useful training tool and remedy in the right situation to resolve a pony’s spoiled bucking, rearing, spooking, or refusing to jump. Young and often inexperienced riders can get scared when ponies act up and make things worse. Other times, trainers may just need a catch ride in the pony under saddle because a child has two ponies.

By |August 1st, 2015|Articles|

USEF Protests, Charges & Grievances – The Basics You Need to Know

You are competing at a USEF show and see that a competition is not being run properly. One of the judges is not scoring the class correctly, and your horse is improperly penalized. A competitor or exhibitor at a USEF show must know what to do when the rules of competition are broken in a class or at a show by an official or show management. When that happens, a Protest should be filed against the official or show management as soon as possible. A Protest is just one way violations are brought before the USEF Hearing Committee for adjudication. Charges and Grievances are other ways in which violations of the rules of fair competition are charged and remedied. Here is information to help you understand the way these rule violation remedies work.

By |June 23rd, 2015|Articles|

Horse Care Is More Than A Clean Brush – The Plaid Horse

Whether at home, on the road, in the air or at the show, our horses require care to prevent injury and maintain peak condition. The administrative aspects of horse care are often overlooked because horse owners and professionals feel the paperwork creates more hassle than benefit. Unfortunately, the days of sealing a deal on a handshake are fading, if not gone already. Barn owners, trainers and horse owners must have the documentation for proper horse welfare. Keep reading for some of the often overlooked aspects of horse care administration and documentation.

By |June 23rd, 2015|Articles|