I will be co-presenting at the annual International Equine Summit on how to prevent, report, and respond to sexual misconduct.
In June 2019, USA Today reported:
A longtime equestrian coach and rider died by suicide Wednesday in north San Diego County after recently being banned for life for sexual misconduct with a minor.
Robert Gage, a three-time World Cup Grand Prix rider, had been banned on Feb. 1 by the U.S. Center for SafeSport, which investigates allegations of abuse and misconduct in Olympic sports. Details of the Center’s investigation into Gage were confidential, but many of Gage’s friends and associates on social media said it played a role in his suicide.
It is one of at least two suicides this year that some blame in part on SafeSport investigations. Figure skater John Coughlin, 33, a two-time U.S. pairs champion, hanged himself in his father's Kansas City home Jan. 18, one day after he received an interim suspension from SafeSport. USA TODAY Sports, citing a person with knowledge of the situation, reported in January that there were three reports of sexual misconduct against Coughlin.
It is imperative that anyone in the Equestrian field who works with minors are trained on how to spot the signs of sexual misconduct, set and reinforce boundaries, bystander intervention, reporting abuse, and how to respond when abuse is disclosed.