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Letter to the Editor concerning SafeSport

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I would like to commend you for your headline with respect to the George Morris story.

It does reflect the reality that he was “found…guilty without a trial”.

It doesn’t take much time to get to the heart of the matter:

If George Morris was not afforded opportunity to appear prior to the decision (and as your story reports, he was not warned that there was any investigation), SafeSport (the Center”) violated its own procedures and Code


(the “Code”) and the Response and Resolution Process

(https://uscenterforsafesport.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Response-and-Resolution-Process-2.pdf) (the”Process”)

It is the apparent failure of the SafeSport organization to follow its own procedures which has raised the hue and cry as to fairness.

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Two Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor


I never do this, but I feel compelled to write you in response to your highly irresponsible story on George Morris in the current HODV issue. In this age, we should do better to support victims and alleged victims of child abuse. Chronicling the alleged victims IV drug abuse history, drug dealing, and mentioning his own status as an abuser was your attempt to discredit the victims. Instead, to me that history screams, “these men were abused repeatedly at a young age.”

Your article appeared as a factual story when it was an OpEd piece. Do your research.

I’m frankly horrified by how judgmental your article reads. Just because a process is not entirely transparent does not mean it is wrong. There are some details we, as the public, do not need to know.

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SafeSport found the great horseman George Morris guilty without a trial

NEW YORK, N.Y.--Two appalling stories about two horsemen appeared in two different New York newspapers on Friday, Aug. 9, one appalling in it's violence and the other even more appalling in its travesty of justice as it goes against every assumption of `innocent until proven guilty.'

George Morris 2George Morris The first story appeared in the New York Post about an Olympic dressage veteran shooting another rider, and the second, entitled "After decades of whispers, a Titan of his sport in barred for life" that appeared in the New York Times.

The second story is about George Morris, who was barred for life from competing nationally and internationally.

Even worse, Morris can no longer give his most sought after clinics, as anyone attending one of his clinics would also be barred for life.

That deprives Morris of his livelihood.

Morris was never warned that there was any investigation, and SafeSport will not tell the accused who is accusing them, meaning the accused has no recourse.

Morris only found out about it when he was told he was barred for life.

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Dressage Olympian Michael Barisone charged with attempted murder

NEW YORK, N.Y.--The cover of the New York Post blared

                                            "UNBRIDLED RAGE

                Olympic equestrian `shoots another rider' at NJ farm

with photos of Michael Barisone and Lauren Kanerek flanking the headline.

Michael BarisonMichael BarisoneThe story on pages 6 and 7 begins "A former US dressage Olympian shot an award-winning equestrian on the grounds of his ritzy, 53-acre New Jersey sprawl — days after she wrote online that her life had been threatened, authorities said Thursday.

Michael Barisone, a member of the 2008 Beijing Summer Games squad, allegedly blasted the rider — identified by sources as Lauren Kanarek — twice in the chest Wednesday afternoon at Hawthorne Farm in bucolic Morris County, officials said.

The attack came just days after Kanarek, 38, posted on Facebook that she had reason to fear for her safety.

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NEWS FLASH - U.S. leads after Eventing dressage

LIMA, Peru--Tamra Smith on Mai Baum leads after Eventing dressage on 22.8 penalties, with Boyd Martin second on Tsetserleg with 25.6.

A Brazilian is third on 26.0, and Canada is third, fourth and fifth with Collen Loach, 26.2. Jessica Phoenix, 27.4, and Karl Slezak, 27.4'

Doug Payne on Star Witness is seventh on 28, a Brazilian is eighth and Lynn Symansky is ninth on RF Cool Play on 29.3.

The U.S. team leads on 76.4  to Canada's 81.3.

Cross country is tomorrow.

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  1. Dressage With the Experts line up for Dresssage at Devon
  2. Lucy Deslauriers named to Pan Am Jumping team, but as Endel Otis' Lucky Strike was injured the dressage team will only have three members
  3. Jenni Autry named Managing Director of Eventing
  4. Ashley Stout, 13, died July 11 following a riding accident
  5. Maj. Gen. Jonathan Burton died after an illustrious career in the army and eventing
  6. A new Jumper Classic series for 1.10m to 1.40m to debut in 2020
  7. Nations Cup team for Falsterbo includes Jessie Springsteen
  8. Jumping, dressage and driving teams announced for Aachen
  9. The dressage team for the Pan Am Games was announced
  10. Two of six awarded scholarships by the U.S. Pony Clubs are from the Delaware Valley
  11. Boyd Martin one of four named to the Pan Am Eventing team
  12. Fair Hill Hounds hosted author Rita Mae Brown, MFH
  13. A competitive dressage team announced for The Netherlands
  14. H.L. (Sandy) Schwartz III, founder and publisher of The Horse of Delaware Valley, died June 11
  15. Attendance at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair rose four percent
  16. Penn Med correctons to article entited Gene Doping addressed at PHBA Meeting
  17. North American Riders Group is back with a full agenda, new board members and the return of the NARG Top 25
  18. Gene doping addressed at PHBA Annual Meeting
  19. Blue Mountain Pony Club places in Fox Hunting Challenge
  20. The 2019 Devon Horse Show & Country Fair Returns May 23 With Special Events Sure to Please the Entire Family
  21. Horse Power for Life Summer camp for cancer survivors
  22. Winterthur Races cancelled
  23. U.S. team for Mexico Nations Cup on May 5
  24. Winterthur races features the Winterthur Bowl Stakes
  25. Adele Paxson, side saddle competitor at Devon and thoroughbred breeder
  26. Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Named Horse Show of the Year by National Show Hunter Hall of Fame
  27. Dolores A. Swann, Ashley Meadows Farm show manager, died Feb. 7
  28. World Cup qualifiers include Devin Ryan of Long Valley, N.J.
  29. Devon co-manager Peter Doubleday elected to the Show Jumping Hall of Fame
  30. Letter to the Editor 4
  31. Tequilita finished third in her final race before retiring to a life as a broodmare
  32. Sloane Coles elected to Foxcroft School Sports Hall of Fame
  33. Something for everyone at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair
  34. Jane Simone, former Director of Development at New Bolton, died Dec. 30
  35. Tack Swap to benefit Pa Racehorse Rehoming, Rehabilitation, and Rescue
  36. Letter to the Editor 3
  37. Letter to the Editor 2
  38. Laura Chapot is in a familiar spot, leading the Circuit Standings for Overall Jumper Rider at WEF
  39. Samuel McMichael's edits and comments on Andrews Bridge article
  40. Dispute continues despite Judge's ruling on Andrews Bridge Foxhounds
  41. All recognized steeplechase races will be steamed live starting this spring
  42. Exhibition honoring the late Phyllis Mills Wyeth
  43. Three Differences Between The American Grand National and English Counterpart
  44. Rosbrian Farm is Steeplechasing's Leading Owner, and Jack Fisher is Leading Trainer
  45. Dr. Matthew Mackay-Smith, 86, died Dec. 8
  46. Phyllis Wyeth, 78, carriage driving enthusiast and thoroughbred breeder, died Jan. 14
  47. Ryan Keefe awarded $5,000 training grant for Eventing
  48. Jessie Allred, foxhunter and owner of a Md. Hunt Cup winner, died Jan. 2
  49. Clineschmidt, Glaccum and Sherman took the top three Action photos in the Photo Contest
  50. Ricky Hendriks has 2 in contention for Eclipse Awards, two Pa-breds also in contention
  51. Phillip Dutton and Olivia LaGoy Weltz are on Eventing & Dressage Elite lists
  52. Tobey McWilliams of Oley, Pa., elected as USHJA director at-large, four Delaware Valley residents named as Discipline Directors
  53. The Kentucky Three-Day Event Receives Five-Star Status from FEI
  54. New programs at The Horse and members of its staff
  55. Ralph Caristo presented with USHJA Lifetime Achievement Award
  56. The father of Emanuel Andrade, a fixture at the WEF, to be sentenced Nov. 27 for money laundering
  57. Entries now being accepted for The Horse's 23rd Annual Photo Contest
  58. Lee McKeever, McLain Ward's longtime groom, wins the 2018 FEI Best Groom Award
  59. Top N.J. trainer J. Willard Thompson died Nov. 6 at 83
  60. Bob Levy, a top thoroughbred racehorse owner, died Nov. 7
  61. Eventing Performance Director Erik Duvander's thoughts on improving the U.S. team
  62. New York trainer Rick Violette died Oct. 21 of lung cancer
  63. Russell Jones inducted into Parx Hall of Fame
  64. The 2019 Nations Cup qualifier for the Finals will be held at Palm Beach Masters
  65. Laura Graves and Verdades first ever Americans to top FEI Dressage World Rankings
  66. Devon's new parking lot, to be competed in a couple of years, will double the present lot size.
  67. The U.S. show jumping team earned Best of September honors, announced the U.S. Olympic Committee
  68. Kathee Rengert, executive director of the Pa. Hunt Cup, died Oct. 6
  69. U.S. teams outdo themselves in 5 of 6 disciplines competed at WEG
  70. Long time Zone 2 chef d'equpe ralph Caristo wins the Old Salem Farm Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award
  71. Ronnie Houghton, jockey, trainer and breeder, dies at 79
  72. Amwell Valley Hounds on Sept. 29 has relocated to The Ridge
  73. Lynn Symansky 9th individually in Eventing, the U.S. team is eighth. Dressage Freestyle is cancelled
  74. Endurance competition cancelled at WEG, U.S. stands third halfway thru team Dressage
  75. Update to weather conditions at WEG
  76. World Equestrian Games are threatened by hurricane Florence
  77. Weg set to begin with Endurance, Dressage, Reining and Eventing scheduled for the first week
  78. Jimmy Fairclough, Misdee Miller and Chester Weber to compete in Driving at the WEG
  79. Leo Kuntz, founder of the Nokota Horse Conservancy, died
  80. The show jumping team for the WEG
  81. Pa-bred Unique Bella retired to be a broodmare after fracturing a sesamoid during a morning work on Aug. 18
  82. Renowned artist Peter Williams died Aug. 13
  83. Olympic team gold medal veteran Laura Kraut headlines U.S. show jumping team for Dublin
  84. Devon H.S. & Country Fair enjoyed a banner year
  85. U.S. Dressage team prepares for Aachen
  86. Youngsters from Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia to participate in the 2018 The National Steeplechase Foundation Domestic Young Rider Trip.
  87. Six Pony Club members received college scholarships
  88. Photo and story of Skeeter wins first in Pets & Pet Stories, Lucy and a "custom canine egress" second with the love getween the horse Thunder and the dog Mugsy third
  89. Jonathan Sheppard bred two Pa-bred champions and was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award
  90. Kenny Kraus, longtime Devon announcer, died June 26
  91. William D. Teter died
  92. 24 Delaware Valley riders in the Joe Fargis clinic for the Emerging Athletes Program
  93. "The Mission", Bank Official Dreams Big, Risks All in New Novel by J. Willard Thompson
  94. Norman Dello Joio and Authentic two of four inducted into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame
  95. Letter to the Editor
  96. Sports betting in long prepared Delaware and New Jersey will benefit horsemen
  97. Eugene duPont Weymouth, top steeplechase jockey and trainer, died June 11
  98. Fair Hill receives $1 million funding to upgrade facility
  99. Pennsylvania lags behind neighboring states in getting a share from legalized sports betting for horsemen
  100. NEW CONTEST- photos and stories about your pets

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