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RE: [RC] apples/oranges/UAE - Bob Morris

Terre:

I believe that you have a popular concept of the FEI that does not
conform to their credo. It is as follows:

The primary mission of the FEI is to advance the orderly growth of
equestrian sport world-wide by promoting, regulating and administering
humane and sportsmanlike international competition in the traditional
equestrian discipline and by helping them to evolve in ways that enhance
their attractiveness both for the participants and the public, while
respecting and furthering the ideals and principles of horsemanship.

Now I must take issue with your statement <<<AERC seeks to represent ALL
endurance riders in America->>>

The AERC is mandated by the National Federation, The USA-E, by the
statement <<<The following rules and regulations have been adopted from
those of the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC), the official
Federation endurance discipline organization,>>> This is excerpted from
the USA-E Rulebook.

Bob                                                       


Bob Morris
Morris Endurance Enterprises
Boise, ID 

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Subject: [RC] apples/oranges/UAE


One thought for your consideration:

It seems to me that there are 3 separate (but related) players
here--AERC, 
FEI, and UAE--and we have a tendency to lump 2 out of the 3 together at 
different times during these discussions.

FEI's "job" is to identify the horse(s) that are the "best in the world"
at 
any given particular event--the horse that can jump the highest, perform

the best dressage test, or go 100 miles the fastest.  They have no
mandate 
or interest in 'historical' mileage, any more than they do in recruiting

riders, education, or trail preservation.  These are AERC's "jobs".
AERC 
seeks to represent ALL endurance riders in America--regardless of
distance, 
age, or goals--and going at any distance the fastest is only one of the 
goals we acknowledge.

Endurance is really a very 'new' FEI discipline.  We all 'grew up' under

AERC, are committed to its philosophy, and most of us do not aspire to 
"winning races" (at least as our primary goal--we have others).  The 
biggest adjustment "we" have had to make to FEI (those that compete at
this 
level), is accepting the rigid constraints of rules/dress 
codes/stabling--and the total lack of interest in career longevity of
the 
horses, since this is an AERC "thing" and not an FEI "thing".  (Note
that 
in pretty much all other equestrian disciplines, it is EXPECTED that the

horses will be trained to 'peak' for one or two events, and will have a 
short (5-6 year) competitive career.  Most of them only go to one 
Olympics...they retire before the next one).

UAE, on the other hand, is newer to endurance than FEI.  They "grew up" 
under FEI, where the total focus is on 'winning the one-day 100'.  They 
have no background of 'a bunch of buddies meeting in a field somewhere
to 
go for a ride'.  They may, someday, become interested in 'historical 
mileage'--when they have a long enough history to record some!  The day
may 
also come (perhaps it already has) when they become interested in
expanding 
the sport in UAE to include shorter distances and 'the common man'.  But

for now, their sole exposure has been to the high profile 100-mile 
race--and they have certainly perfected their approach to it.

terre

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