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Left to Left: Was WEC Right to Split with US Equestrian?

Left to Left is a debate style column where two authors argue opposite sides of a trending subject. This week's topic is the ongoing tension between the World Equestrian Center (WEC) and US Equestrian (USEF). When WEC sent out the prize list for its highly anticipated Ocala facility last fall, it shocked the industry by opting to align with a sanctioning body little known in hunter/jumper sport, the National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA). USEF revoked tentatively approved dates from the venue in response, sparking an industry uproar. In December 2020, the outlets issued a joint press release announcing that working collaboratively was "in the best interests of the sport." Four months later, those talks appear to have ended. On April 23, WEC announced that it would only run NSBA-sanctioned shows for the remainder of 2021. Former Canadian team member Jay Duke and American amateur rider Jennifer Baas argue opposites sides of the decision.
Read more on: newsbreak.com