StreamHorse TV would like to wish all of our sponsors, media partners, and most importantly of all, YOU, the readers and users of our equestrian live streaming directory, a very Happy New Year. Thank you all so much for your ideas, contributions, and support! We remain unique in our sphere of bringing you the best, timeliest and most complete directory of horse show livestreams and webcasts from every equestrian discipline everywhere in the world. We are proud to say our growth continues to increase year on year, and we have plans in the works to expand even further in 2018, Net Neutrality notwithstanding. If you ever have ideas or suggestions of ways you’d like us to improve the site, do let us know. (In fact, this would be a great time to do just that. Hint.) We’d like to give a special shoutout to all the wonderful volunteers who have sent us links to interesting news articles, helped us with beta-testing parts of the site that have been (we admit) a bit of a challenge for two old ladies to get our old lady heads around, and just generally been supportive and encouraging.
Now: with that said, 2017 has been a challenging year across all equestrian disciplines. Sadly, it always seems to be repeat performances of the same old problems: Horse doping. Horse abuse. Pay to play. Illegal sales practices. “Same sh*t, different decade” as the saying goes.
Unfortunately, we believe 2018 will present new challenges on top of the old ones. The repeal of Net Neutrality laws may have adverse effects on the future of horse show livestreams, putting a lot of smaller horse show videographers and webcasters at risk, and hurting you end users in the pocketbook. On the tech side, the imminent loss of Adobe Flash, which will no longer be supported in 2018 and is being supplanted by HTML5, will cause you users to chew through more data if you watch livestreams on your mobile phone. For horse show managers, sponsorship money is already becoming an issue, and unfortunately we predict that will probably get worse. It’s difficult to persuade a large corporation with its own reputation to uphold that it would be a GREAT idea to partner with a sport where they might find themselves vulnerable to a viral video of a rider kicking her horse in the stomach. Not a good look. Not good for business.
Therefore, we renew our call for the FEI, US Equestrian, and all the other NGBs to get serious and take a stand against the old issues, all of which have gone on far too long, and support its membership base as we tackle the new ones. The national and international governing bodies MUST start considering lifetime bans for chronic horse dopers and horse abusers. Our beautiful, talented horses deserve better. And so do we, the rank and file membership, whose hearts sink a little more with every new slap-on-the-wrist suspension and every fee increase.
StreamHorse TV plans to gallop into 2018 with our heads held high against these challenges, both old and new. We hope you will find the courage to do the same.
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