Rob Gage death: Equestrian Judge and Trainer dead amidst suicide rumors

Robert Gage seen in an interview in 2014
Equestrian trainer and legend, Robert Gage has died. Pic credit: MainEvent/YouTube still

Legendary equestrian judge, rider and trainer, Rob Gage has passed away. His official website Judge My Ride confirmed his death in an Instagram post with the following statement.

“As many of you know today we lost a legend in the equestrian world. Judge My Ride is deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Rob Gage. We will not be posting on Thursday; instead, we are asking you to share your memory and photos of Rob with the JMR family. He touched so many lives and we would like to hear from you.
Our hearts thoughts and prayers go out to his friends family and loved ones. – JMR Family.”

Rob Gage was one of the most successful American riders of all time. He won the World Cup Grand Prix rider three times and won the Rolex Crown of Excellence. He was also an equestrian judge and experienced trainer.

There are rumors on social media claiming that Robert Gage committed suicide as a result of US Equestrian (USEF) Safe Sports sanctions. However, these rumors have not been confirmed and Gage’s official cause of death is yet to be reported.

Robert Gage was accused of sexual misconduct and was sanctioned by USEF in a move that has been criticized by some riders including Markie Morrison, who wrote the following on Facebook in reaction to Gage’s death.

“USEF and SafeSport, I hope you take a good long look at what you’ve done. SafeSport is turning the entire equestrian community into a witch hunt. I’ve never felt so lucky to be female before and so worried for the future of the sport. Now an innocent man is gone and they are to blame. I’m expecting a statement, although nothing they can say will fix this.”

Tributes poured in following Rob Gage’s death; however, his passing has also sparked debate on social media about USEF Safe Sport policy.

The USEF Safe Sport policy has resulted in sanctions in the equestrian community involving sexual misconduct and minor athlete abuse as of June 1.

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