I spy with my little eye… a racing saddle… in the awards ceremony for the MARS Tryon International. That’s not something we see everyday in the jumping area. Seeing this immediately sparked my memory of Lauren Tisbo doing the same in the show jumping world. We love to see riders finding creative ways to keep their horses happy in the job.
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Equestrian sport is only made possible due to those who work with horses, but unfortunately our industry does not always treat these individuals appropriately. Many grooms are paid below national wages and working with few days off. Awareness has increased around the subject, but there’s a lot more work to be done. [The Change Is Too Slow]
Tokyo 2020 Organizers and Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach have said they expect the Olympic Games to go on next year with spectators present. Having hosted professional baseball games, the Organizers believe they can host a “reasonable” number of fans. The IOC has also said that should a vaccine become available before then, they’ll help foot the bill, though it won’t be required for international athletes. [Tokyo 2020 to have ‘reasonable’ crowd size, IOC President Bach says]
Many riders have become critical of US Equestrian, saying it caters to the elite in the sport. Many struggle with the affordability of rated shows, and the recent announcement of the World Equestrian Center running unsanctioned competitions, many riders are reevaluating their relationship with the Federation. [To My Fellow 95%: Believe USEF When They Show Us Who They Are]
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