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RE: [RC] [RC] Presidents Cup: fast fast fast - Laurie Durgin

Kind of like trying to decide on "One huge Party Night" and" Years of campfires, friends and a soft nuzzling nose."
Laurie/Rascal/Honey /Scout


I haven't really decided exactly how I feel about 'this' sport. It is so
very different from our local rides - it is so intense, so fast fast fast,
and without the challenges of varied terrain it is a very monotone event.
Right now, the UAE is setting the standard for endurance. In terms of speed,
training-conditioning, horse selection and competition. I believe they could
run circles around most of us, in any terrain, any ride, because
physiologically these horses are phenomenal... Because of this I find it
fascinating, and awesome. But there is a high price to pay. For every
success, there are 4 failures. The UAE can afford to buy and train more
horses, but can we? Do we really want to play in this yard? The obvious
answer is yes, because FEI is the elite - and our Federation - USEF- is
dedicated to competing successfully at the International level. Endurance at
the FEI level is generally acknowleged to be the ultimate competition in our
sport, and there are always many who aspire to being the best at their
endeavor. But, even though I would probably jump at the chance to compete
over here, there's a persistent feeling that it is folly. To attain those
speeds, one must start with a physiologically superior horse, and then train
very very hard, always one training ride away from 'one too many' and
ensuing soundness issues. I think it might be better just to go and enjoy
the food...


Steph


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