Robert “Bob” McDonald, the husband of United States dressage team coach Debbie McDonald, has been banned for life from involvement in equestrian and hockey for alleged sexual misconduct involving minors.The “permanent ineligibility” in U.S. Equestrian Federation and USA Hockey was posted on the U.S. SafeSport site that gave the effective date of the ban as of June 10.
Bob McDonald, whose primary involvement in equestrian was as a trainer in hunters and jumpers, is 73 years old and married Debbie in 1977. He lists his residence as Hailey, Idaho where he and Debbie lived and worked at River Grove Farm, the property of by Peggy and Perry Thomas who owned Olympic horses Brentina ridden by Debbie and Wizard ridden by Adrienne Lyle.The U.S. Equestrian Federation issued a brief statement confirming the ban, but no details of the alleged misconduct or when it occurred.
It said:“The U.S. Center for SafeSport has issued a lifetime ban of hunter/jumper equestrian trainer Robert “Bob” McDonald for violating the SafeSport Code. With this decision, Mr. McDonald is permanently prohibited from participating, in any capacity, in any event, program, activity, or competition authorized by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, USEF, or any affiliates of USEF.”