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Re: [RC] Riding Cavalry (long) - Heidi Smith

I thought the "team" in endurance is considered to be the horse and rider.

It is.  But "team" in football is the guys who are suited up to play, and
they also have folks on the sidelines to advise, examine, ply with liquids,
etc.  As I said, I like the cavalry concept as well, but as Pat put far more
eloquently than I did, what is wrong with a crew to help take the best
possible care of the #1 player here, the horse?

What about number of crew, quantity, skill and type of equipment? Does
everyone have the same numbers and same resources?

Far more so than at an everyday AERC event, at least at the continental and
world levels.

Hmmmm.... thinking about the guy from Malaysia and the kid who won the
WEC. I would never think of the US group, who as far as I know took horses
that they personally trained and conditioned and competed in every
qualifying event, in the same light.

There are always a few people who stand out for not doing it the way they
should.  That shouldn't detract from the majority who do.  We have folks
like that show up at AERC events as well--and generally, they either learn
or leave.  In some countries, there isn't a whole network of endurance
riding at home to filter those out before they hit the FEI level.


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Re: [RC] Riding Cavalry (long), Deanna German