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Re: RC: Response to Biltmore Bruise by L.Salas
In a message dated 5/7/01 10:37:24 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> -completely in ignorance, and has evidently passed that habit on to others.
> If you educate yourself, then you've got a right to say something. Those
> you who do otherwise are merely spouting off the rhetoric of other
> !> minds.
> Brenda Baird, Ph.D.
Dear Doctor Baird:
What exactly does it take to be well informed on the subject of FEI? Do we
all need a PHD to understand the rules; how it works? I sure hope not; I
just want to go out and ride a horse. And if the system is that complex,
maybe, that's part of the problem.
Most of the response about FEI started with Jim's assessment of what happened
at Biltmore. I do think he went there with an open mind, and left with the
thought that the two (AERC & FEI) just don't work well together, after
experiencing what FEI had to offer. His point that the FEI rules affected
his ride (a non FEI participant) were clear and unbiased. Maybe, if he would
have entered it as an FEI participant he would have seen it differently. I
One of the many things that bothers me about FEI is the costs. You have to
show up a day early (Thursday), pay almost twice the fee you would if it
wasn't FEI (please correct me if I'm wrong about this), put your horse in a
specific location with certain sized measurements for his corral, segregate
yourself from the non FEI riders, wear some sort of uniform, get a passport
for your horse, etc. The list seems endless to me, and not very rider
friendly. And how necessary is it all? I'm really not trying to be flip
here. Why does International competition have to be this way?
Doc, if you don't see why this might be upsetting to some of us, you might
want to take a closer look at an AERC sanctioned ride, one without all this
hullabaloo. It's not that anyone is uneducated about FEI; we seem to
understand the differences quite well. It's the differences some of us don't
like. And the fact that their rules seem to be paramount; they take over the
ride, even when AERC rules are the ones most of the riders are riding under.
I just want to ride a horse in competition, meet some of the riders, and have
some fun. I have enjoyed every AERC sanctioned ride I have ever attended.
I'm not so sure I would have enjoyed the one Jim just returned from, even if
it was at the Biltmore, because of the FEI sanctioning.
Howard (I'm ready to post Part 4 of Pirate Run if anyone's interested; no
mention of FEI or Sultans or anything like that)
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