Schedule & Panelists Announced for Tom Bass Seminar at Tryon International

We love this mask that CCI4*-L competitor Fylicia Barr wore to the first horse inspection at Tryon International. Fylica is among a generation of rising-star eventers who embrace equality and humanity. Best of luck to her and Galloway Sunrise! Photo via Fylicia Barr’s Facebook page.

Running alongside Tryon International 3-Day Event this weekend is the 2nd annual Tom Bass Seminar, featuring a four-hour series of panels exploring issues of race in equestrian sport. The year’s seminar, hosted by Tryon International Equestrian Center, will be presented virtually due to Covid-19 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. ET and will be live streamed here on EN as well as via TIECHorsesDailyThe African Connections Research and Education Fund, Inc.SportsQuest International, LLC and on YouTube. Registration for the seminar is now open here.

Panelists, most of whom will participate remotely, will discuss issues relating to diversity in domestic and international arenas. Four panels will be presented: Domestic, Youth, Media and International.

The program will begin with a welcome from Seminar organizer and moderator Melvin Cox of SportsQuest International at 3:30 p.m. EST before launching into the first session.

3:35 p.m. — Panel One: Domestic

Discussion leader: Melvin Cox (SportsQuest International)
Panelists: Amy Beisel (International Museum of the Horse)
Donna Marie Cheek (1st African American Member of US Equestrian Team)
Michael Stone (Pres., Equestrian Sports ProductionsFEI Sec. Gen. 2006-2007)
Ashley Swift (United States Equestrian Federation)
Mia Rodier-Dawallo (Para-Dressage Competitor USA)
Hillary Tucker (Alltech)

Presentations: “USEF Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan” and “The Chronicle of African Americans in the Horse Industry”

4:35 p.m.: Panel Two: Youth

Discussion leader: Melvin Cox (SportsQuest International)
Panelists: Emily & Sarah Harris (Sisters Horsing Around)
Abriana Johnson & Caitlin Gooch (Young Black Equestrians)
Mimi & Sophie Gochman (Baxter Hill, LLC)

5:20 p.m. Panel Three: Media

Discussion leader: Leslie Wylie (Nation Media – Eventing Nation, Horse Nation, Jumper Nation)
Panlists: Martha Drum (Writer)
Elizabeth Kaye McCall (Author, Journalist & Media Consultant)
Tori Repole (The Chronicle of the Horse)
Julian Seaman (Former Press Officer, Badminton Horse Trials)
Sally Spickard (Eventing Nation & Strides for Equality Equestrians)

6:05 p.m. Panel Four: International

Discussion Leader: Julian Seaman (Former Press Officer, Badminton Horse Trials)
Panelists: Marvin Brangman (International Endurance Rider – Bermuda)
Jean-Philippe Camboulives (FEI)
Julian Hyde (Equestrian Federation of Jamaica)
Brigitte ‘Gigi’ Mathias (Namibian Equestrian Federation)
Sandra Murphy (EquiDiet (UK) Ltd)
Michael Stone (Pres., Equestrian Sports Productions / former FEI Sec.Gen.)

The four sessions will conclude with a Q&A session at 6:45 p.m. EST and a closure at 7:15 p.m. EST. Will you be following? Please register here.

Coverage of Tryon International this weekend is brought to you by Strides for Equality Equestrians (SEE). Diversity and inclusion in all equestrian sports are important, and we’ll be bringing you tidbits on what this new organization hopes to accomplish.

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