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Monmouth at the Team's support of the Nature Conservancy impacts Bobcat Alley

GLADSTONE, N.J.--Even though the hunter/jumper competition at Monmouth at the Team had to be cancelled this year, the generous Monmouth at the Team family is still having an impact on The Nature Conservancy and all they do to protect the animals, plants and landscapes in New Jersey.

Bobcat Alley Tyler ChristensenBobcat (Photo by Tyler Christensen)The Monmouth at the Team hunter/jumper competition, held at Hamilton Farm, home of the USET Foundation Headquarters, will be held next Aug. 16-23, 2021.

Officials said plans are moving forward for an amazing show and the best Bobcat Derby yet.

Due to the generosity of the Monmouth at the Team family, The Nature Conservancy is on track to reach 50 percent of the 3,500-acre goal for protected Bobcat Alley habitat in northwestern New Jersey by 2021.

There is much more work to be done, but we should celebrate together the funding and awareness we have raised so far for the project through the Bobcat Derby at Monmouth at the Team, said show officials.

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The Weaponization of SafeSport:

SafeSport can be, and has been, weaponized and used against an athlete.

Athletes for EquityAthletes for Equity in Sport did a Case Study of such a weaponization that ruined one person's, and that person is referred to throughout as they or them to prevent any possibility of discovering this person's identity though its sex.

A 2004 Olympic medalist marathon runner, who formally retired from the sport in 2005, became interested in community service.

In 2017, the former athlete channeled their commitment to public service into a bid for a national public office.

With the help of an army of volunteers, the campaign developed a platform and began to gain grass roots support.

The former athlete lived and worked in the community and coached high school track and field.

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Entries are now being accepted for The Horse's 25th annual Photo Contest

Entries are now being accepted for The Horse of Delaware Valley's 25th Annual Photo Contest.

CONTEST ACTION Pa. 2The deadline is Dec. 30. 2020.

The categories are Action, Candid and Pet/Animal photos.

The three top winners in each category will receive a certificate suitable for framing.

Winners will be announced in January, 2021.

Winning photos and Honorable Mention photos will be published in January of Action photos, in February of Candid photos, and in March of Pet/Animal photos.

All entries must be of subjects from the nine state area served by The Horse, Pennsylvania; New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, West Virginia and Connecticut, but the photos do not have to be taken in those states.

Action photos should be of a competition; Candid photos should be of a person or persons in a horse setting, such as a show, farm or event; and Pet/Animal photos can be of any animal, domesticated or otherwise. For example, a fox in the wild qualifies as a pet photo.

E-mail photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CONTEST ACTION Pa. 11Ellie Glaccum won the 2020 Action Photo with a series of jumps at the Pennsylvania Hunt CupEach entry must include the full identity and hometown of the subject or subjects with a brief description of the action the photo captures, plus the name, mailing address, e-mail address and telephone number of the photographer.

Entries that are clearly doctored to achieve some artistic effect will be disqualified.

Changes and updates on events and farms in the area

With Covid-19 roiling the world, there have been a number of changes in dates and types of competitions, among the the announcement of dates of Pony Club's annual convention going virtual and the driving competition at Live Oak Plantation cancelled for 2021 as well as the World Driving Championships, to have been held last October, having been cancelled.

ponyIn addition to these changes, the gorgeous Sagamore Farm in Maryland will no longer be used as a breeding farm but is being transitioned to growing crops.


THE UNITED STATES Pony Clubs (USPC) announced the 2021 Virtual Equine Symposium & Convention will be held online Jan.27 - 30, 2021.

Registration is now open for the event.

This unique virtual experience offers a wide array of online educational opportunities for equestrians of all ages, and disciplines, with a mix of live and on-demand presentations.

“We are very excited about the new opportunities that going virtual brings to our Equine Symposium & Convention this year,” said USPC Executive Director Teresa Woods. “The online format expands access to more attendees, as well as providing lasting value with extended availability of workshops after the event. We invite all horse lovers to join in on the fun and education, get to know Pony Club, and be part of this experience.”

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Kathleen Buchanan (Winkie) Motley, Keswick H.S. manager, died on Oct. 27

KESWICK, Va.--Growing up in Valley Forge, Pa., Kathleen Buchanan (Winkie) Motley, 75 of Keswick, Va., died on Tuesday, Oct. 27 in
Wellington, Florida.

Winki MotleyWinkie MotleyShe was known by one and all simply as Winkie, a multi-talented woman of great substance and enviable style equally at ease at a horse show, a racetrack or a printing plant, where the newspaper she founded and turned into a flourishing must-read publication came off the presses every month for the last 15 years.

She was a long-time resident of Keswick in the lush horse country outside of Charlottesville.

She cherished and later chronicled that area for her faithful readers of Keswick Life.

Mrs. Motley and her late husband, Hugh, lived for many years at Highground Farm in Keswick where she also adored entertaining friends and neighbors on the screen porch overlooking the Blue Ridge mountains to the southwest, with horses romping in nearby fields adding to the magnificent view.

She became enamored with horses growing up in Valley Forge, Pa., where she learned to ride and compete in a number of horse shows.

SHE WAS best known on the horse show circuit with her graceful moving bay horse No Duplicate, winning many blue ribbons along the way.

Over the years, she worked with the Keswick Hunt Club along with her husband, who served as Master of Foxhounds.

They also raised horses on the farm, and Mrs. Motley spent many years as the manager of the annual Keswick Horse Show each May, which benefited a number of local charities.

She also volunteered on benefits for the Montpelier Steeplechase races and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.

Mrs. Motley was born in Wayne, Pa., on Jan. 27, 1945, the daughter of Kathleen Kern Buchanan and William Cooper Buchanan.

At birth she had one eye briefly closed as if winking and from that day on, she was known as “Winkie.”

 Raised at Hollow Hill Farm in Valley Forge, she grew up riding all through her childhood with her two sisters.

She graduated from Shipley High School in Bryn Mawr, Pa., and Bennett College in Millbrook, N.Y.

Early on, she worked for Barbara Camp at Glenmore Farm in Shadwell, Va., helping with the Glenmore ponies and teaching Bunny
Camp, Barbara’s daughter, to ride.

She met Hugh Motley at Glenmore, where he was working for Clay Camp, a thoroughbred sales agent in the racehorse business.

At the same time, Mrs. Motley was employed by Mrs. Camp.

They were married May 22, 1976 in Wayne, Pa.

Mr. Motley predeceased her in January, 2016.

The Motleys eventually branched out on their own and were active in the horse racing community, selling racehorses raised on their Keswick farm and traveling around the country to numerous racetracks and horse auctions, including the prestigious sales at Keeneland, Kentucky and Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Mrs. Motley joined her husband in representing Taylor, Harris Insurance Services as an equine insurance specialist.

And in 2005, she founded and was the owner/editor of a popular monthly newspaper, Keswick Life.

According to the paper’s masthead, “every month, we bring you lifestyles in  Keswick and its environs, from the scoop of a party and horsey happenings to practical advice on making the most of your garden, preserving land and updates from the surroundings!”

She had an eye and passion for the nuances of typeface and design, which spilled over into her publication.

She later utilized this talent while helping her daughter, Sheila, with wedding invitations, menu layout and place cards for her event business.

It was always extremely attractive and appropriate.

As a long-time member of the Keswick Hunt Club, Mrs. Motley helped with the renovation of its kennels and recently was immersed in the building of a new custom barn for the hunt.

She helped raise funds and provided many of the finishing touches herself.

Mrs. Motley also was what Sheila described as “a true horse show mom, giving me a childhood filled with weekends traveling to horse shows with ponies, competing and spending time together.”

In recent years, Mrs. Motley also spent the winter season in Wellington.

She helped her daughter and son-in-law, Mathew, with their popular Wellington business, The Clubhouse Restaurant at Palm Beach Polo and Sheila’s thriving event-planning business, Sheila Camp Motley Event Design.

During the work week, Mrs. Motley wore her signature pared down uniform of choice—perfectly pressed blue jeans—“topped” off with an endless choice of white shirts that stretched across an immaculately organized closet.

For evenings and weekends, her wardrobe choices were unassuming and elegant solid colors and always accessorized by an opera length of pearls held together with a family bar pin of diamonds.

Mrs. Motley is survived by her daughter, Sheila Camp Motley, and her husband, Mathew William Allen; a grandson, Collins Camp Allen; a sister, Deborah Ann Buchanan, and two nieces and a nephew.

She adored spending considerable quality time with her beloved grandson Collins, often taking him for golf lessons.

A celebration of Mrs. Motley’s life will be held at Highground Farm in the spring.

Donations in her name can be made to Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, which funds veterinary research projects  pecifically for the benefit of all horses (821 Corporate Drive, Lexington, KY 40503) and the Little Keswick School, P.O. Box 24, Keswick, VA 22947.

Clear case of recent sexual harassment ignored by SafeSport after banning athletes for unsubstantiated claims from decades ago

Bullying & Sexual Harassment SafeSport Case Study

Athletes for equity 3*Names have been changed to protect privacy of those involved. The facts of this case occurred.*


A successful and internationally competitive female swimmer had been struggling with bullying by a team mate since 2018.

While the female swimmer was winning at World Championships and qualifying for the Olympics, her bully was gaining recognition as a successful coach and gaining more control of teams, bus assignments, and practice schedules.

Gradually, the bully began communicating with the female swimmer with unkind words that ranged from hurtful to sexually suggestive.

These comments made the female athlete uncomfortable and interfered with her focus during team practices.


THE STIGMA of filing a formal complaint against the bully with other coaches or the NGB seemed daunting and she feared would potentially result in retaliation from coaching staff or fellow team mates, and the female swimmer decided to stay silent.

One evening in 2019 at a fund-raising party, the bully was verbally abusive to the female athlete, after becoming visibly intoxicated.

In an act that was caught on camera, the bully grabbed the female athlete without permission and sexually harassed her in front of colleagues and party attendees.

The female athlete contacted an attorney and filed a SafeSport report.

The NGB was also contacted because the bully was at the time a team coach.

The formal SafeSport process began and a single investigator conducted interviews and reviewed the video footage of the assault on the female swimmer.

After a considerable amount of time passing, the female swimmer had received no communication from SafeSport regarding her claim.

The coach had not received any public sanctions and was still employed by the Swim Club and interacted daily with the swimmer, which made her uncomfortable.

Seemingly, neither SafeSport nor the NGB did their mandated jobs under the Ted Stevens Act.


Why did SafeSport fail to take action in this case?

Why was video evidence of a sexual assault not enough for SafeSport to take immediate action against the bully coach?

How can SafeSport impose sanctions in cases involving allegations of wrongdoing that happened decades in the past and were not witnessed, but not act on a current allegation with multiple witnesses and video footage to support the claim?

Who can question SafeSport investigators on their timeline and decision making process?

What safeguards are in place to detect and minimize arbitrary decision making in the SafeSport resolution process to ensure the SafeSport Code of Conduct is applied uniformly and that the investigation and resolution process is fair for both Claimants and Respondents?


The SafeSport system using the single investigator model is inadequate for the complex cases that SafeSport is presented with.

The decision making process of SafeSport investigators seems arbitrary and inconsistent.

In order for the system to work fairly, the SafeSport process must display more objectivity and transparency to protect the rights and interests of all parties who come under its jurisdiction.

In the aforementioned case, the outcome of this case weakened the confidence of others that have previously been assaulted from coming forward and helps enables a painful cycle of abuse between coaches and athletes to continue.

Pony Club's convention goes virtual

LEXINGTON, Ky.--The U.S. Pony Club's 2021 Equine Symposium & Convention, originally scheduled for Jan. 28-31 in St. Louis, Mo., will take place instead as a virtual event.

Ppony Club logoThe ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the potential safety risks to USPC members, leaders, volunteers, and staff attending necessitated the move.

The exact dates for January’s Virtual Equine Symposium & Convention, along with the schedule of sessions and events will be announced in November.

The virtual event will offer a blend of live and on-demand educational opportunities, ensuring participants can conveniently attend based on their personal schedules.

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  2. Centenary's equine-based program for veterans
  3. Pro & con letters on Plantation & unsigned Letter to the Editor
  4. New Easyfix steeplechase fences available for schooling in Pa., Md., and Va.
  5. Requested correction
  6. USEF CEO Bill Moroney evades answering question about Plantation Field
  7. Letter to the Editor concerning Leslie Wylie
  8. SafeSport Case Study Scenario
  9. Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act Passes House
  10. Letter to the Editor from Loretta Damron
  11. Work to Ride is still operating and helping inner city children through the opportunity to experience a wonderful relationship with horses
  12. Letter to Rob Burk, USEA President
  13. Exchange of letters between Cynthia McGinnes and Leslie Wylie of Eventing Nation
  14. Letter to Eventing Nation
  15. Letter to Ms. Wylie, Eventing Nation
  16. Exchange of letters between Jennifer Yoder and Eventing Nation
  17. After three decades of service at the USEF, Sally Ike moves on as independant contractor for USEF in Rules Compliance
  18. Letter to Eventing Nation & USEA
  19. Letter to the Editor
  20. Statement from USEA on the loss of Plantation Field
  21. Plantation Field Eventing doomed because of USEA's ridiculous political correctness gone overboard
  22. Mary Babick elected to a second term at USHJA
  23. Athletes For Equity In Sport’s Response to Recent SafeSport Actions
  24. Dressage at Devon hosts Virtual Silent Auction:
  25. Bob McDonald cleared of all charges and his case closed
  26. Saratoga Warhorse Foundation helps both horses and vets
  27. Athletes for Equity in Sports wants to strengthen saftey and fairness in SafeSport
  28. Mary Babick nominated for office of the President of the USHJA.
  29. Jaimie Wyeth donated Phyllis's farm to house retired racehorses
  30. Limited number of owners to be permitted at Saratoga Race Course
  31. New regulations for jockeys at Saratoga
  32. Understanding, an OTTB rescue
  33. Kevin Babington can move two toes
  34. Cheshire Hunt Adds a New Master
  35. Frank Alexander, a top trainer whose career included an Eclipse Award winner, died June 19
  36. Tom O'Mara elected USEF President
  37. Ashwell Stables foreman Bob Bailey died
  38. Bill introduced to impeach Gov. Tom Wolf over the way he handled Covid-19
  39. Athletes for Equity in Sports is responding to Bob McDonald's lifetime ban by SafeSport
  40. Bob McDonald, banned for life by SafeSport, vehemently denies these charges
  41. Elkridge Harford Joint Master and steeplechase owner Robert Kinsley died June 10
  42. Kevin Babington Update #5 from Jeff Papows
  43. Gladstone Cup Equitation moved to Lexington; Upperville and Loudoun canceled
  44. Horses for slaughter very old post
  46. Pennsylvania National, Washington International, and National Horse Shows working together to produce their shows this fall
  47. Athletes for Equity in Sport stymied in search for records
  48. Health, horses and hair-cuts……Kevin Babington
  49. Middleburg & Gold Cup will have video, Saratoga, Princeton H.S. & Essex Horse Trials updates
  50. Kevin Babington continues to make slow but sure improvements
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