Morris, Millar, Ward, Davis and others discuss future of Show Jumping

Beezie Madden and George Morris at 2008 Olympic Games
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Friday 06 April - 17h20 | Ian Clayton

Morris, Millar, Ward, Davis and others discuss future of Show Jumping

Accessibility, elitism, social media, course design and Nations Cups vs. Individual Grand Prix. Those were some of the topics discussed in a recent panel discussion – featuring Ian Millar, George Morris, McLain Ward, Lucy Davis, Leopoldo Palacios and more – on the future of Show Jumping, at the wrap-up to the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida. 

 - Morris, Millar, Ward, Davis and others discuss future of Show Jumping

As Ann Glavan reports in the Chronicle of the Horse, the discussion entitled “Jumping Into The Future: A Panel Discussion About Our Top Sport” was organized by Cesar Hirsch and took place at the Wanderers Club in Wellington, Florida.

“I wanted the chance to have a good and interesting conversation with riders, trainers, officials, course designers,” said Hirsch, a Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) steward and judge, “and I think that there is a lot of information out there, and we can have a good discussion for the good of the sport.”

As Glavan notes in her article, the panel ran for two hours and covered a series of topics: development of the sport, CSI 5* and Nations Cups classes, course designing, and the commercial side of the sport. One of the main issues addressed was the perceived elitism of the sport, brought up directly by Israeli rider Daniel Bluman, who was present for the discussion.

“Are there realistic chances or opportunities for a middle-class 12-year-old in this country to pursue show jumping?” asked Bluman. “Or has this sport in North America become something that is out of reach for kids who aren’t really well off? Do you think that’s affecting our sport in North America because we don’t have that fan base?” For more on the panelists’ reponse to that question and the other issues, see Glavan’s full report here. 

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