[RC] January 2002 European Chef d'Equipe Resolutions for FEI - rides2far
>>>> "Division of the event: Senior Championships must take place on a course
with 5 phases and 4 vet bates (8 votes), or on a course with 6 phases and 5
>>>>vet gates (2 votes). In no case should the number of vet gates exceed 5(unanimous vote) "
Amazing that this is where they think they need to devote their time,
*limiting* vet oversight. Someone told me that the riders in Europe
have a more "adversarial relationship" with their vets. Maybe they
need to get over that.
My favorite part of this post though was the title of the course
designer..."Chef de Piste" But if I were riding it with limited vet
checks I'd feel that the rider deserved the "Piste" title. >g<
Never got a chance to respond to anything yesterday. Some people
insinuated that AERC should contact FEI and tell them "how it should
be done". I don't think so. While AERC's riders do have a pretty
decent safety record, I don't believe it is because AERC has had to
legislate the regulations that cause it. We don't have a stringent
requirement of numbers of vet checks. We have rides who scream bloody
murder if you suggest they should have more than 2 checks on a 50. Sure
it's not international championships on the line, but "Do as I say, not as I do" isn't a very good argument in court.
I think the ones who *can* complain are those who have safe riding
records. I've never had to have a horse treated, but I need to be
given a few vet checks and some decent hold times in order to take
care of my own horse as I should. Actually, I don't believe 2 deaths
would have been such a disaster if we felt that everything possible had
been done to keep the ride safe. It's the "was this necessary?"
regrets. If I had done everything possible to take care of my horse
and he somehow died, I think I could handle that far better than if it
happened at a ride where I'd had misgivings about the safety before I
started and had ignored the hunch.
I noticed the list of countries who apparently made this decision for
THE ENTIRE WORLD were Belgium, Denmark, Spain, France, Great Britain,
Germany, and Italy. Maybe instead of they should change the "I" in FEI
to "E". That's not International, that's just European.
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