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RE: [RC] [RC] [AERCMembersForum] [Endurance Riding: News] FEI CoC for 200 8 WEC - 10:40 and 12 months! - Bob Morris

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So! What you are saying is that the USA/AERC should lower the standard of endurance riding in this country. Forget the word "endurance" and set up flat, easy, non-technical rides so that we may qualify more persons under the FEI standards! You would have a specific group of riders suborn their integrity just to field a team that could compete.
No! I would rather the USA/USEF/AERC become a world leader not a follower. Speak our minds and show the FEI that this is endurance competition, not three day eventing. That we, if no one else, care about the horses we ride. Let the terrain be technical and determine the speed required to win. Not the speed determine the terrain so that a minimum speed can be maintained.
We need some strong character in our representation. w We need representatives to the USEF and the FEI who are interested in the sport and the horses, not their personal efforts to gain FEI recognition.
Of course it has been stated before, if a ride is unsatisfactory, vote it out with your feet. Do not attend. Is the USA strong enough to do that?

Bob Morris
Morris Endurance Enterprises
Boise, ID

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Subject: Re: [RC] [RC] [AERCMembersForum] [Endurance Riding: News] FEI CoC for 200 8 WEC - 10:40 and 12 months!

From Frank Solano:  I am now turning over my laptop to Philip K. Dick for his comments.
    If the Americans' participation in FEI Endurance thus far has not produced enough medals for the USofA, perhaps it's because in America the AERC governs endurance racing/riding.
    If the AERC's motto is "To Finish Is To Win," and if one looks at how the USofA has done in FEI Championship competitions in the years preceding 2007, could our own tenets be what is keeping us from producing the pool of horses and riders necessary to do well in International riding?
    Granted, we have outstanding individual horses and riders who try their darndest to represent America and do their very best, but for whatever reasons, haven't been able to produce International recognition for the American "PROGRAM".
    Granted, as John Teeter has pointed out already, we have some riders who can meet the new CoC.  How many of them will compete, or want to, internationally? 
    For International competition, however, in order to produce a POOL of horses and riders who can actually PARTICIPATE in WEC's and such around the world, perhaps the modified CoC time is a (gentle?) nudge at endurance communities around the world who believe that "To Finish Is To Win" to now "get onboard" and speed things up back "home".
    Perhaps, and of course I have no firsthand knowledge of any of this, the USEF would like that very thing to happen...'hey, let's speed things up and maybe we can find the number of horses and riders we need to PRODUCE some medals... (you know, knock knock on the port-a-potty door of endurance, "HEY, either do it or get off the Pot!")'
I'm asking Philip K. Dick to leave my laptop now,


Re: [RC] [RC] [AERCMembersForum] [Endurance Riding: News] FEI CoC for 200 8 WEC - 10:40 and 12 months!, frank solano