[RC] Dane's letter - John & Sue Greenall
I want to commend Dr. Dane Frasier for making his views of the
WEG public. He is willing to state up front what we all know has
been going on not just at this ride, but at other rides as well (and
not always FEI rides). Having horses die is a sport is nothing new,
but we should have all learned from what happened to three day
eventing after PETA got a hold of them. Granted, the eventers
should have known better and changed things before the press
made thing public, but after watching the cross country phase at
the WEG, the sport (ie, the horse) benefited from the changes
brought about because of this.
Several comparisons have been made to the PAC in Vermont
because there were so many vet checks (seven and one pulse
gate) and the completion rate was very high, for both FEI and
AERC standards. I was one of the people who fought for those vet
checks and I was amazed that not everyone (not just FEI officials)
thought they were a good idea. We also had to argue the point for
on-trail crewing. Unfortunately, a horse died after the PAC despite
all of those precautions.
It is so easy to point and blame, but so much harder to admit that
everyone who participates in this sport is responsible for the
welfare of the horse.
John and Sue Greenall
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