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I see the FEI principally concerned as a judicial or regulatory entity rather than being concerned with actual performance. I have never seen any evidence of record keeping, rider or horse history or the like. Only thing they do is pose the question "have you conformed to our rules and regulations?".
If this is indeed true then they should restrain themselves to using their influence only in the case of international competition. They should keep themselves out of national competition and rear their ugly head only at factual international events. The FEI should have ABSOLUTELY NO influence on how a member of a national team is chosen or the type of event at which the choice is made.
Bob Morris
-----Original Message-----
From: Maryanne Stroud Gabbani []
Sent: Wednesday, May 09, 2001 1:19 PM
To: Ridecamp
Subject: RC: Re: FEI

Sticking my oar in again as one involved in the evolution of a new sport in Egypt, one of the attractive things about AERC...and other national organisations....has been the concern with mileage. How many miles or kilometres a horse, a rider, or a combination rack up over time is a real statement of stamina if not speed. I think that if FEI were to concern itself with this as a measure of horsemanship instead of, or even along with, just who has won this ride or that one, we (as riders in Egypt who only have maybe one endurance horse) would feel more comfortable. It's hard to throw yourself into the straight "win at all cost" mentality of flatracing when you only have one horse. Sometimes you know you have to slow down to be able to compete again another day and hopefully do better....but it is good to have it recognised that at least you tried and finished. I daresay that many of us would like to be Trilby as much as Val or Stephane or Leo.  There is room for both mindsets and I'm not sure that I see one as necessarily better than another.

Maryanne Stroud Gabbani
Cairo, Egypt


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