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Once per month, this blog will share my insights on the facinating world of the horse business.
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January 2020
The solution to years of sexual misfortune is being addressed head on by an organization called Safe Sport.

This group was established by Congress with Senator Diane Feinstein at the helm. The direction being taken has been a very direct assault on men mostly and a “Take no prisoners approach,” which has alienated the majority of the equine world, especially the Hunter and Jumper industry.

My legal consulting and horse appraisal business has had the pleasure of appraising well over 30 separate specific equine breeds. My specific interest was in the hunter and jumper world, which focused on the very close relationship between the student and trainer. Such relationship between rider and trainer/coach is now looked at as perhaps a much too close relationship which, Safe Sport would eliminate.

The complaints from the riders and trainers have been huge since the hunter/jumper folks feel they’ve been discriminated against….. and perhaps they have.

The evil that was directed from the likes of Dr. Larry Nasser, MD, for the gymnastics folks is what started the whole thing. The world of gymnastics was shown to not at all be understanding or helpful, and as a result, hundreds of young people were hurt in a very significant way, showing how not paying attention to the cries for help from youngsters, must not ever be allowed to happen again.

The upshot of course is that all the Olympic sports have become the targets of the mob’s vitriol. (You saw what can happen as was demonstrated during the recent Kavanaugh Supreme Court Hearings, from a totally bogus accusation from a troubled woman, and had there been even the smallest shred of admissible evidence………., but of course, there was none).

Now, when looked at with as much of an un-biased eye as is possible, (Really very nearly impossible since you have young children, possible sexual activities coupled with Olympic sports). Just exactly how does this mess get solved?

Hopefully, in the not too distant future, there will at least be SOMETHING that will make sense, we can only hope and pray.


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February 2020
The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, one of the city of Scottsdale’s biggest events, is in its 65th year. Show activities begin February 13th and go through February 23rd, 2020.

The focal point of the show highlights the myriad of abilities the Arabian horse can do. From the elegance of dressage, where the horse performs “High School” maneuvers, to open jumping, working Hunters over fences, which shows the Arabian horse smoothly negotiating jumps over a specified course, the Arabian horse seemingly can “do it all.”

One of the crowed favorite classes is the “Freestyle Liberty” class where each entry is turned loose into the show ring for two minutes. The focus of the class is for each entry to perform at the open trot and canter, hopefully showing off their fantastic movement. At the end of the two minutes, the handlers come into the ring and have an additional two minutes to retrieve the horse.

Each horse is scored on 5 separate items: 1. Arabian Type, 2. Animation & Charisma, 3. Movement, 4. Use of the Arena, 5. Crowd Participation. The judges score each of the 5 categories 1 to 10 points each, for a possible total of 50 points.

The Arabian Freestyle Liberty Class is not usually seen at the smaller Arabian shows, but especially when the evening crowds get into the events, these classes are quite exciting.


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March 2020
Because of the crazy world we live in, I’m taking time to give my view of the world and the items which have changed our perception of ethics and its effect on “the kids.” Naturally, it’s our kids and their love of ponies and horses which get us into the horse scene to begin with.

Trusting that most of my readers haven’t been under a rock for the past 9 (nine) months, the “ME TOO” movement took the horse world, Hollywood and big-time TV Network elites, by surprise.

Kathy, my wonderful wife of many years and I, began riding, showing and doing literally anything which kept us near to horses. And while we could never understand just why and how a sex-related situation could develop, the advent of “SAFE SPORT” found several of the individuals.

In the next issues of the “NAES CASES OF THE MONTH,” I’ll be addressing as directly as possible, what’s happening in the horse world, while being sensitive so as not to upset the kids.

For starters, the banning of equitation guru George Morris came as a huge shock to the hunter/jumper world following SAFE SPORT’s exhaustive investigation.

Next, the Endurance Ride Conference, after 16 new rules were passed by the USEF’s Board of Directors, was no longer a USEF affiliate. The consistent level of injuries to “endurance” horses required more welfare related rules be addressed by USEF’s Board.
And finally, the American Driving Society pulled away from USEF’s affiliate status. I’ll have more information on the Driving Society’s actions probably next month.

With the horse world melting down, it was apparent, the people most affected had to be protected, namely our horse-crazy kids.

Of course, “the kids” make the most sense because they must be protected from the really bad people, (mostly pedophile men). Then, when you think about it, all of us other men in the horse world, are big-time upset since some of us actually knew of certain pedophile men but didn’t know what to do and hadn’t the courage to even bring it up.


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