[RC] The Way We Win - Roberta Jo Lieberman
> It was tried at the 2002 OD. I can't say that I
impressed by the system as it currently stands. >
Just a quick reply -- there is no "system as it
currently stands." It's a work in progress and as
Steph has challenged us, a forum to search for a
better way. Very briefly, the core idea is to
change the "rewards" of endurance riding so that
conservation of the horse is the highest goal. For
example, in international competition, one
solution might be to eliminate Individual
competitors and have only Team competition....this
would shift the burden away from the control
people (be they vets or FEI officials) to the
riders. All six entries would compete as a "team"
and four (or five) of six must finish. Imagine the
shift in strategy involved if a team was riding
for a prize of a million dollars.
Matthew says: "If we get the rewards right, the
overriding will take care of itself." The mission
of TWWW is to encourage stewardship of the horse,
not recklessness....to take away the inducement to
go to the edge. The conservative rider can see the
horizon of the edge, but stays a safe distance
away from it.
I'm in the process of preparing two updates (one
that includes a more streamlined method of ranking
rides, which is the greatest challenge in
determining rewards) which will be uploaded to the
web site shortly that should help to refine the
idea and a possible direction. I can also post
them directly to Ridecamp. Thanks to everyone who
has signed on in the last few days.
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