Author Archives: Jonathan Glen Merritt

About Jonathan Glen Merritt

Senior Lecturer in Law and Criminology, Deputy Head of Research and a member of the Sports Law Unit at Leicester De Montfort University School of Law, UK. PhD due for completion 2016 with a thesis concentrating on the field of governance and disciplinary structures in equine sports. Also competing as an owner and rider with British Dressage. Obviously all views expressed are author's alone except where a guest author has contributed.

‘May’ I mention foxhunting?

 So I haven’t posted for the longest time, but in my defence I’ve had PhD corrections to do and without a shadow of a doubt that’s made this last year of teaching the toughest in my 21 year career in … Continue reading

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Conferences, past present and future

In October I had the privilege of being invited to speak at the ‘Equine Cultures in Transition’ International Conference at Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden and I have to say I have never been to a conference quite like it.  The … Continue reading

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The End for Equestrianism at the Olympics?

This rather nightmarish headline, for those of us committed to horse-sport anyway, is a possibility sad to say. These sports are being ‘evaluated’ based on viewership, social media and outreach to consider whether they should remain in the Olympics, this … Continue reading

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Now Brexit is for real, what next for horse sport?

Whether you were a ‘remainer’ or a ‘leaver’ last week doesn’t really matter anymore the fact is we voted to leave. It is just possible that either the Scottish National Party or the overall ‘remain’ majority of Westminster MPs might … Continue reading

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My ‘Road to Rio’!

  This is of course meant in a vicarious sense because there is more chance of finding rocking horse poo than there is of me qualifying for dressage at the Rio 2016 Games…maybe 2024, ‘if your dreams don’t scare you … Continue reading

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What does horse sport, tennis, ice skating and cycling have in common?

A strange definition of ‘cheating’ you might say. I do understand that the world of sport has a fair number of competitors at the elite level that have little or no regard for the ‘Corinthian Ideals’ and are desperate enough … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on ‘Brexit’ for the horse community

Yes I know it’s been a while! Getting my thesis to the point of submission has been all consuming, plus the worst flu I have ever had knocked out most of March.  However on the theme of the impending referendum … Continue reading

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