Be careful what you wish for…

11 Feb



(Joanie Morris)


Dressage has dreamed for a long time of the sport gaining enough vi$ibility, enough ‘globali$ation’, enough popularity, enough $ponsor$, to become really BIG: on TV, wending its way into the general population’s consciousness.

Unfortunately, this often requires $candal$ and it is no different this time.

Enough coverage already ,so no editorializing here, just two links:


All of this is as nothing compared to cycling or soccer–where the latest news is that HUNDREDS of  soccer games worldwide were fixed by gambling syndicates.

I am–truly–grateful that at least in California, the Thoroughbred racing industry is starting to realize that these fantastic,nobler athletes deserve a better end than the kill auction,and money is starting to trickle in for rehab farms AND prize money for various competitions. The elegance, the work ethic, the actually excellent brains of so many Thoroughbreds are now getting a chance to have a career beyond running their legs off-literally–in pursuit of some human’s selfish dream and ambition.

A lovely example is the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) sponsoring The Thoroughbred Classic Horse Shows, a series of shows offering cash prizes, open only to Thoroughbreds.

is the link to this and other efforts to promote Thoroughbreds in careers other than racing and kill pens.

The racing industry certainly is global and has equally certainly come under scrutiny for horrible abuse. The latest move in the U.S. to prohibit Lasix (again–this is the 2nd time) and bring the American racing scene more into line with Europe, Japan, Hong Kong and other huge racing industry centers is now–finally–gaining traction, as they say.

Applause. And more applause. Too many trainers have become chemists and mechanics, and here as in so many areas of the horse industry, the horsemen are disappearing.


It seems so long ago that we had Jan Ebeling, Rafalca, Stephen Colbert ,”dressage”, dancing horses, and the hope that all this positive feedback would produce great results for the sport of dressage.






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