[RC] AERA Letter to FEI - Rides 2 Far
Is it true that there was a donation from the direction of the "winning
camp" of 500K for the endurance event in Spain? Yeah, I know folks love
to relieve them of all that money, but *if* this is true can we say,
"Conflict of Interest"? I honestly don't know, but would like to know
the full story...this is the first I've heard of the winner being lame.
Hypothetical question for anyone who was there: If say...South Africa
had finished first, with a horse at this degree of lameness, and the
donor of the cash had finished 2nd...would the lame horse have gotten a
completion? Finally, in the opinion of those who were there...who did
have the first horse that was "fit to continue"?
The WEG *does* require "fit to continue" do they not? How many vets had
to judge the horse fit to continue? Was it a secret ballot? Hey, if
somebody can "fix" the judging of the ice skating portion of the
Olympics, we need to be darned sure to put in place a system that would
avoid such. I'm not just trying to stir the pot. I know it's a tough call
there at the end of a 100, especially a horribly tough, fast one like
that, but on top of 2 deaths the last thing this sport needs is a limping
horse getting the Gold. I assume the trot out was caught on camera?
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