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Letter to Eventing Nation & USEA

The excellent letter below to Eventing Nation and USEA was submitted to The Horse for publication.

Plantation Field 2Many of the phone calls and texts received by the Editor of The Horse suggested that eventers contact their sponsors to remove advertising from Eventing Nation and sponsors from USEA in an effort to have them change itheir position on the name of Plantation Field.

 

 

 

 

 

To: Leslie Wylie – Editor-in-Chief @ Eventing Nation

Ron Burke – CEO – USEA

Max Corcoran – President – USEA

Lady & Gentlemen ,

What a sad state of affairs, when organizations such as yours, in your rush to appear politically correct would make a unilateral decision not to use the proper name for an event without first educating yourselves as to the origins for the name.

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Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor:

 

I am so angry and distressed about losing Plantation that I could cry!

I don’t event anymore but when I did we enjoyed The USET at Gladstone, Chesterland, Pleasant Hollow, Roger Haller’s farm and the list goes on!

They are all gone! I guess eventing will just end up in the ring as is already happening!

What a joke and what a waste as we lose more and more land to development!!

Let’s just all be politically correct til we have nothing and have gained nothing in present time !

Changing names and removing statues,etc, seem token gestures in lieu of the real and difficult work that needs to be done”

Jeanne Sharpe

Statement from USEA on the loss of Plantation Field

UNIONVILLE, Pa.--The Horse of Delaware Valley received the statement at the bottom of this article from USEA following a telephone conversation with Rob Burk during which he said the USEA had worked all along to come to a mutually satisfactory resolution as to the use of the name Plantation Field.

Plantation FieldPlantation FieldHowever, in a letter to Eventing Nation dated Sept. 13 and signed by Rob Burk that The Horse received from a lawyer, Burk stated, "For your information, the USEA will be making clear moves to remove the use of the word plantation from our media, marketing and communications. Those moves will be made after we have been able to go through the proper channels and notify all involved with the competition and important stakeholders."

The Horse was told that this was the final straw that caused Plantation Field owner Cuyler Walker to terminate the lease.

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Plantation Field Eventing doomed because of USEA's ridiculous political correctness gone overboard

UNIONVILLE, Pa.--Following the lead of Eventing Nation, U.S. Eventing Association has condemned the name Plantation Field as a racial slur, taking political correctness to a new and ridiculous high.

Plantation FieldThe property along Route 82 in Unionville has been in the ownership of the Plunkett Stewart, Hannum and Walker families for generations, and about 80 years ago, a Boy Scout troop approached the Stewart family, saying it would like to do something to earn a merit badge, and asking if it could plant trees on the property.

Trees were planted in the field and the name Plantation Field was born. 

Although not technically disallowing Plantation Field to hold events, refusing to use the name, choosing instead to call it P Field, makes it sound like using the N word, thus forever tying the Stewart, Hannum and Walker families to slavery.

To protect his families' names, Plantation Field owner Cuyler Walker has terminated eventing's lease on the property.

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Mary Babick elected to a second term at USHJA

LEXINGTON, Ky.--The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association Board of Directors elected Mary Babick to serve a second term as president of the organization during the Board of Directors meeting, held virtually on Monday, Sept. 14.

Mary Babick Mary Babick “I am honored to be elected president for a second term,” said Babick. “My focus will be to continue to build community, transparency and strength for our sport by working with a wonderful group of volunteers and staff.”

Per Association bylaws, an in-person meeting was not required as there was only one candidate nominated for the office of president.

Furthermore, as there was only one candidate, the Board resolved to waive the secret voting ballot provision in the bylaws and proceeded with a voice vote where Babick was unanimously confirmed as the next president.

Babick was selected for the nomination through a multi-step process.

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More Articles ...

  1. Athletes For Equity In Sport’s Response to Recent SafeSport Actions
  2. Dressage at Devon hosts Virtual Silent Auction:
  3. New PICTURE CLASSIFIEDS available
  4. Bob McDonald cleared of all charges and his case closed
  5. Saratoga Warhorse Foundation helps both horses and vets
  6. Athletes for Equity in Sports wants to strengthen saftey and fairness in SafeSport
  7. Mary Babick nominated for office of the President of the USHJA.
  8. Jaimie Wyeth donated Phyllis's farm to house retired racehorses
  9. Limited number of owners to be permitted at Saratoga Race Course
  10. New regulations for jockeys at Saratoga
  11. Understanding, an OTTB rescue
  12. Kevin Babington can move two toes
  13. Cheshire Hunt Adds a New Master
  14. Frank Alexander, a top trainer whose career included an Eclipse Award winner, died June 19
  15. Tom O'Mara elected USEF President
  16. Ashwell Stables foreman Bob Bailey died
  17. Bill introduced to impeach Gov. Tom Wolf over the way he handled Covid-19
  18. Athletes for Equity in Sports is responding to Bob McDonald's lifetime ban by SafeSport
  19. Bob McDonald, banned for life by SafeSport, vehemently denies these charges
  20. Elkridge Harford Joint Master and steeplechase owner Robert Kinsley died June 10
  21. Kevin Babington Update #5 from Jeff Papows
  22. Gladstone Cup Equitation moved to Lexington; Upperville and Loudoun canceled
  23. Horses for slaughter very old post
  24. SAVE THESE HORSES FROM SLAUGHTER FOR FREE
  25. Pennsylvania National, Washington International, and National Horse Shows working together to produce their shows this fall
  26. Athletes for Equity in Sport stymied in search for records
  27. Health, horses and hair-cuts……Kevin Babington
  28. Middleburg & Gold Cup will have video, Saratoga, Princeton H.S. & Essex Horse Trials updates
  29. Kevin Babington continues to make slow but sure improvements
  30. Update on Kevin Babington
  31. David Distler and Leslie Burr Howard elected to Show Jumping Hall of Fame
  32. Captain Seaweed died May 13
  33. Ryerss Farm cares for aged, abused or injured horses
  34. All Medal and Junior Jumper Champions invited to Harrisburg
  35. Kevin Babington making slow but sure progress
  36. Three Years on, Center for SafeSport Faces Controversy
  37. Covid 19 has caused one good thing - an uptick in adoptions of dogs and cats
  38. Pony Club Festival moves one week later
  39. N.Y. Times article on Kevin Babington
  40. Pony Club Lunch 'N Learn series
  41. Senior Senator, three time Maryland Hunt Cup winner, died April 15 from colic
  42. letter re Katie Prudent's letter
  43. Follow-up to Katie Prudent's letter
  44. Letter to the Editor: From Katie Prudent
  45. USHJA Young Jumper Championships to Debut in 2021
  46. Happy Easter to all
  47. SafeSport widens its net
  48. GoFundMe site to donate to Kevin Babington
  49. Kevin Babington needs funds to remodel his home to fit his medical needs
  50. Athletes for Equity in Sport continues to work for equity in SafeSport procedures
  51. Devon Horse Show and Country Fair cancels May show
  52. Old Salem May shows cancelled, Santa Anita to be closed throuh the weekend, Fasig-Tipton Santa Anita sale cancelled
  53. U.S. Eventing suspends competitions until May 3, Aqueduct to be a hospital
  54. Cheshire P-to-P rescheduled to June 14, Princeton Show Jumping's first show May 6-10
  55. Cancellations continue
  56. Willowdale Races cancelled
  57. Brownlee Curry, USET supporter and lifetime trustee, died March 18.
  58. Another cancellation
  59. Packy McGaughan, 1987 Pan Am team eventing gold medalist, died March 12
  60. Cancellations and revised schedule continue
  61. Closures continue
  62. A couple more changes
  63. More cancellations and revised schedules
  64. More closings and revised schedules
  65. More closings from races and eventing
  66. Letter to the Editor:
  67. Many horse shows and races cancelled
  68. Kevin Babington update
  69. Kevin Babington facing further hard testing at Mayo Clinic
  70. Kevin Babington presented with the Kate Nash Boone Style Award
  71. All the Way Jose, a G1 winner, is retired and aimed toward a Thoroughbred Makeover competition
  72. Athletes for Equity is Sports is gaining support and working to improve SafeSport
  73. IHSA founder Bob Cacchione to be honored at the MET 10th Anniversary Gala
  74. Kevin Babington has twitches in his thighs and slight movement in a knee
  75. Betty Moran, a top thouroughbred breeder, died Jan. 23
  76. George Strawbridge won the Outstanding Breeder Eclipse Award, while British Idiom, by Pa. stallion Flashback, won the 2-year-old filly Eclipse Award
  77. Boyd Martin awarded Whitney Stone Cup, Brian Moggre and Abigail Wexner also honored
  78. NARG announces reorganized Top 25 as Murray Kessler announces he will not run for a 2nd term as US Equestrian President
  79. Proceeds from a horse auctioned at the Palm Beach Auction to benefit the Babington Family
  80. USET Foundation’s Take Me To Tokyo Gala Raises $1.5 Million for the “Raising the Bar” Campaign
  81. "Devon Legends" to be honored in April at Ardrossan
  82. New Jersey and Pennsylvania residents included in East coast clinic
  83. MATCH races expanded to 35 stakes at eight tracks
  84. Jack Fisher elected President of the Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase Foundation
  85. Darry Lou and El Primero voted International and National Horses of the Year
  86. Beezie Madden named International Equestrian of 2019 and also won the Steinkraus trophy along with Boyd Martin
  87. Bettina Jenney eulogized at Memorial Service
  88. Winston C, George Strawbridge and British Idiom are among the finalist for Eclipse Awards
  89. Honorable Mention Photo, Action category
  90. Third placed Action
  91. Jodie Clineschmidt won second place in the Photo Contest, Action
  92. Ellie Glaccum wins Photo Contest, Action, with an incredible series of fences at the Pa. Hunt Cup
  93. Bettina Jenney, breeder of top race horses, died Dec. 22
  94. Athletes for Equity in Sport, pro SafeSport but anti its procedures
  95. Kevin Babington is back teaching
  96. Ryerss Farm annual Open House cancelled due to a fire
  97. Hall of Fame jockey Tommy Walsh 's Memorial Service
  98. Facing a $5 million rehab, Dianna Babington is asking for help from charitable donations
  99. Hall of Fame Jockey Tommy Walsh died Nov. 13
  100. Entries are now being accepted for the Horse's annual Photo Contest

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