The board of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame has voted to remove the late Jimmy Williams as an inductee, according to a press release from the Lexington, Kentucky-based organization.
The move follows widespread allegations the legendary trainer who died in 1993 at age 74 had abused many of the young women he coached, many of whom became top show riders and Olympians. The revelations of widespread abuse by Williams, first reported in April by the Virginia-based The Chronicle of the Horse, have rocked the equestrian community. An extensive article appeared in The New York Times May 29.
In voting to remove Williams, who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1989, the board cited the "Rules for Induction into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame" in the Hall of Fame's by-laws that include "integrity" and "character" among the attributes upon which an inductee's standing should be based.
The vote took place during a special meeting of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame's board on June 11.
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