Mollie Bailey, Senior Reporter at The Chronicle of the Horse and author of “#MeToo: The Story of A Trainer, A Trophy and An All-Too-Common Betrayal,” will join host Elise Gaston Chand Friday, April 5, on the Because of Horses podcast. This article, which ran one year ago, continues to rattle the horse industry as abuse survivors from across the country share their stories.
Bailey’s investigative reporting connected the #MeToo movement happening in the broader community to the world of equestrian sport. Through her tactful interviews and powerful writing, Bailey helped to give voice to women who for decades had held their stories close to their hearts. She kept the needs and stories of the women at the forefront while maintaining the highest standards of journalistic integrity.
Bailey’s article focused on the impact of prominent horseman Jimmy A. Williams, formerly based at the Flintridge Riding Club in Southern California. Williams, who died in 1993, was an influential trainer who worked with as many as 37 future top professional riders during his career. Among these riders were U.S. Olympian Anne Kursinksi and US Equestrian Federation chef d’ équipe DiAnn Langer, both of whom accused Williams of inappropriate sexual behavior and agreed to tell their stories to Bailey.
For 28 years, the US Equestrian Federation presented a silver cowboy hat called the Jimmy A. Williams Trophy to the winner of its lifetime achievement award. But in 2017, the organization quietly removed Williams’ name. Bailey had heard rumors surrounding Williams and possible sexual misconduct. As a result of her research, the US Equestrian general counsel confirmed that the award was being renamed due to the allegations around Williams.
Bailey’s article was referenced in stories in both The New York Times and the online newsletter Deadspin.
The article received widespread acclaim and prompted countless other women to come forward to share their own stories of surviving sexual assault and misconduct. It helped to initiate necessary dialogue around a difficult subject that for too long has remained hidden within the industry.
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