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[RC] Leasing horse for WEC and other FEI things - k s swigart

Angie said:

Still, the host country often leases many
more horses than that for competition.

It is worthwhile to note that the new FEI rule says that the rider has
to have gotten his CoC riding the horse s/he plans to ride in the WEC
(at least I think so).  No more coming in and riding a horse you have
never competed on before, leased or not.

Personally, I consider this to be a good thing and a big step in the
right direction.  I also consider the requirement that the qualification
be fairly recent and that if the horse is pulled and requiring treatment
from any competition after doing its qualification ride that it is no
longer eligible.  Addtionally riders that don't finish (no matter what
horse they are riding) two consecutive rides due to metabolics does
demonstrate their lack of ability to properly rate an endurance horse in
such that it can complete the course.

Although these "if you don't finish other rides you're disqualified from
ever starting the WEC" may have the perverse effect of having riders
stop doing ANY competitions on any horse after they have achieved their
CoC with the horse they want to ride for fear of losing their CoC.  In
which case the requirement will have the effect of reducig the recent
competition experience of the participants. It also encourages the false
reporting of results in national competitions (competitions over which,
btw, here in the US and many other countries, the FEI has absolutely NO

Consequently, I think I have come to the conclusion that there actually
is absolutely NO WAY to ensure the welfare of endurance horses when
people with big egos are racing for the title of "World Champion" and
that the experiment ought to be abandoned.

Orange County, Calif.


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