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[RC] FEI/WEG - Rusty Toth

I must say the thought of dropping the one day 100 for an endurance
championship seems like a crime to me. It is what the sport is all about,
endurance - the ultimate equine challenge - the 100. I agree however the
trend that has begun seems unstoppable with FEI taking control. Yes - the
flat track races are here and most likely here to stay.

I believe FEI needs to put a larger restriction/responsibility upon the
riders for the way they ride the equine. I agree maybe a pull at
championship level should revoke the COC but is this far enough? I don't
believe so. Maybe if FEI would revoke a COC with any pull at any FEI event.
Maybe a rider who's horse need metabolic treatment at any FEI event should
be suspended from FEI level rides for say a year. Make it most imperative
that the riders FINISH the ride.

While I find it fascinating that a 7 hour 100 can happen it is not in the
spirit of American endurance. It does not make a life long 100-mile horse,
completing 100 after 100 year after year. Maybe FEI should come up with a
program designed for return equines. A country with equines competing over
the years (at FEI level) gets more riders accepted to a championship ride
(WEG, Pan Am ect) not the population of the country but the success of the
country's equines and riders over time! Why should the USA get six horses at
the WEG when we can hardly finish any horses? Do we even deserve to have
that many? Should the UAE even be allowed to have so many horses compete at
WEG? Sure they finish first and fast but how many horses ever do it again?
(I would be interested in the statistic of this, anyone have it?)

Just a few thoughts from a lover the 100!


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