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RE: Australian System

This discussion is good but one thing is lacking. No, two things are
lacking. The first is, you have heard only the good things about the Aussie
system,. They do also have some problems in making it work and not all
riders are that satisfied. The second thing is, what is wrong with our
current system? The AERC Rules and Regulations quite well cover all general
happenings at an endurance ride as well as most of the administrative needs.

I will admit that our current system of rules has one weak point and that is
in enforcement. But, that weakness is not in the Rules and Regulations, it
is in the riders and Ride Managers who decline to enforce them. Yes, there
are times you have to be an SOB  but in the end every one benefits.

Bob Morris

-----Original Message-----
From: []
Sent: Monday, June 25, 2001 8:20 AM
Subject: RC: Australian System

I was glad to see Angie reply to this post, and to read the earlier post
Jennifer Layman.   These discussions are not as "juicy" as rehashing some
elses' poor riding, bad manners, deceptions, or general bufoonery; but we've
just got to get this dialog going.

It's going to be a major hassle to make any changes into the way we
our sport, with lots of pushing and pulling and yakking, but I'm
convinced it's necessary.   I'm not someone who favors more rules or more
rigidity, but I think we've just got to look at the suggestions made my Dr.
Mackey-Smith, and at the systems in place in Australia and parts of Europe.
  As endurance riding becomes more and more popular, we have to build in
protections for the horse.   These enforced systems can also serve to
an enthusiastic beginning rider from the nightmare of learning the hard way
the anguish of damaging their horse.

I didn't do the conversions that Angie worked through, and to tell the truth
I don't think the details of the logistics are too important, but what IS
important is that we start talking about how to evaluate and consider the
best parts of models which are successful in other areas, and how and what
might work.

pat farmer

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