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[RC] USEF, Tom Johnson & damaging speculation. - Lynne Glazer

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From: Lynne Glazer <lynne@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: June 21, 2006 10:06:53 AM PDT
To: LSimoni197@xxxxxxx
Cc: johnt@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, Ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [RC]   USEF, Tom Johnson & damaging speculation.


On Jun 21, 2006, at 9:19 AM, LSimoni197@xxxxxxx wrote:


John,

I most definitely appreciate your and Steph's efforts to keep us informed on what is happening in the International area of Endurance.

IMO, international endurance is a different "sport". Much different than our derivative from the original format such as multi-days and LD. We can only have so much "influence" on that, as despite our origination and dominance in its early days, it will continue to evolve into something "else".


My opinion is that AERC should have stepped up years ago to keep more control over our sport, even in the International arena.
In the earlier days of AERC, many of the members became devoted to our sport because it was not like or affiliated with "show politics and superficial extras." In fact, the best horse could "win" because he was the best, without being judged by individuals who may have personal prejudices. The finish line was the judge. Many individuals were able to compete in AERC events without needing to buy the saddle, the silver, the trainer, the clothing, the fancy trailer, or even the fancy well bred horse. Any rider could succeed with a good horse and the dedication to condition it well and learn all they could.
People who could not afford the show circuit could afford endurance, and be winners as well.
I am personally sad to see the changes.

International competition is never going to be affordable on the basis that individual competition is at our AERC rides. We *still* have a sport *here* where a first place or BC finisher needs nothing special in trailer/saddle/trainer/clothing/breeding, Lynge! A lot of sacrifice and expense is required by the individual with world competition aspirations. I've watched Carolyn Hock's progress over the last several years--work, family sacrifices--and even getting a bigger trailer so that she could make it to those faraway demonstration rides and required clinics, etc. And this year despite great performances, she did not make it onto the team or alternate list.


As far as being competitive or not, Barbara--you certainly understand that people that race are competitive--you see that at your own ride, those who ride to race and those who ride to complete, and in that latter subset trying to achieve their own personal goals that day, whether that is better metabolics, happier horse, less rider discomfort through gear changes, whatever. I am "not competitive" either but enjoy my horse's increased expertise and confidence, and our melding even further into a partnership through the miles. I do not begrudge those who ARE more competitive their side of the sport, though caution them that this is a sport run by volunteers in terms of their vet check attitudes, but I digress. When managing rides that had a money aspect, I saw the change in the attitude of some of the participants--and imagine that at the international level, that intensity and outside scrutiny must be enormous.

Re horse age: I am concerned to see a 7 year old horse on the team. 7 years old! Doing 10 hour 100s! I know the rider is very experienced, but dang--that horse isn't done growing yet. I am not a fan of rules except to protect the horse--and wish we had a minimum age for international competition, especially since we know these are fast courses.

Lynne


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