A heated debate is underway on one of the leading message boards for horse riding between horse people who forgive Trip and those who condemn his actions. The exchange has grown into a discussion about addiction: More than 4-thousand people have visited so far: Chronicle of the Horse.
"...the man was not just a drug addict, he was a major dealer, a busted felon, and a
mule for the FBI. God knows how many people he personally introduced to a drug infested hell. Or killed. He actually brags about how much drugs he sold. Unbelievable.
So, he was a dressage judge, and that forgives it all?"
"... In the end he did the hard thing, to own up to his mistakes, share his personal struggles and failings with his family, friends, peers, and perfect strangers. I was impressed with his reason in the documentary for sharing all the "dirt" in his earlier life...to be at peace with his higher power.
He could not have known at the time of his documentary that he would pass on at such a young age. That each of us would have such an opportunity..to meet our higher power with a clean conscience ...'If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone...' "