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Re: [RC] WEG 2006 - kimfuess


This sure would reduce the the number of riders in the competition. How many countries actually even finished a team at the last two WEC? But Kat, I think you are on to something here. This would be one way for FEI to incorporate the importance of "finishing" into one day championship level events. Something along these lines would temper the "all or nothing" perception that can dominate one day events or races. It would also really put the emphsis on finishing as there would be real consequences if a team did not finish. I think that this idea would work if the WEC event was held every year. Sitting out one year is not that big of a deal. I am not sure about being banned from an event that is only held every two years.


I am not sure that teams would be as willing to go for broke or not be prepared to ride to finish IF there was some kind of consequence or qualification sequence had to be followed if a team did not complete. Make the qualification sequence more difficult or more of a pain in the *ss than finishing a team at the WEC event itself. This concept is something that should be looked at seriously. It would benefit endurance as the public perception may be improved by a higher completion rate at these high level events and it would benefit horses to be prepared and ridden in a manner where a completion REALLY matters at this level.

If you allow teams to "requalify" at the interim championships, then
this still leads to the chance to only finish half the time (finish at
the interim championships to qualify and then go for broke at the
worlds).  I have no problem with requiring teams to finish at the
interim championships in order to qualify for the world championship,
but they still need to make it so teams that enter but don't finish at
the world championships are required to sit the next world championship
out AND (perhaps) finish teams at both the interim championships while
they are doing so.

The FEI needs to send the message: "If you can't finish a team, you have
no business being there."

kat
Orange County, Calif.



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