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[RC] Angie's WEC Ideas - Lisa Jordan

Angie’s ideas got me thinking…. A hypothetical story came to me after reading the idea of horses on the short list changing hands after vs before leaving.  I have participated in (as a volunteer) two WECs and three Pan Ams, so I have a bit of knowledge regarding the financial and emotional burden as well as the level of gamble involved.  Therefore my story does not carry names or blame. Only an idea.  When making rules, generally history is studied and possible outcomes are thought up as ideas upon which to base precedent. 

 

Here it is:  What if (love those words “what if”) we had 16 horse/rider teams on the short list two months away from the WEC.  All had been training and traveling (as usual).  Through all of the normal process six of the 16 teams had to pull out (lameness, other health issues, family issues, work – whatever).  That leaves 10 teams.  Unbeknown to each other six of the riders were approached by individuals wanting to purchase their horses.  Without discussing it (and for excellent reasons of their own – remember no blame and no judgement) four of the six that were approached chose to sell their horses prior to the event.  That would leave exactly six horses.  That is four on the team and two individual to send to the WEC.  It is rare to arrive at the site and get to ride day without at least one horse having an issue.  After all of the preparation it would be possible to start the WEC with less than a full team.

 

Likely the rule that Tom S. mentioned would have some merit in not letting the team get to this point.  I haven’t looked up the rules relating to our riders.  Another reason that this is a story and not a prediction.  Just food for thought – or for attack.;-))

 

Lisa