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RE: [RC] [RC] BOD and FEI - Ranelle Rubin

Well said Barbara! Long live the right to ride our rides with our horse's welfare in mind!

Ranelle Rubin
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From: "Barbara McCrary" <bigcreekranch@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "RIDECAMP" <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "Ed Hauser" <ed@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [RC]   BOD and FEI
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2007 11:00:41 -0700

BlankEd, I could not express myself better than you have done. Some have arguments in favor of maintaining our involvement in international riding, but none of them make any impression on me.

Originally, I thought international events would be fun, especially giving opportunity to meet like-minded folks from other countries. The first North American Championship here at our place in 1986 seemed to be just that. From then on, it was a steady trend away from that sense of camaraderie with competition into politics and suspicion and some bitterness on my part. I was soundly chastised by someone I had considered a friend for not agreeing that AERC should run all its rides under FEI rules, like they do in Europe. Perhaps gradually, things moved away from the suspicion, but the politics are still there. I had vowed, when I was on the AERC board, to fight any attempt of FEI taking over AERC and imposing its rules on us. This appears not to have happened, but it certainly has had some influence on us. Nevertheless, what appears to appeal to most of our riders is the pleasure of discovering new adventures on our favorite mounts, otherwise would the multi-day rides have risen to such great popularity?

While I think it is doable for a few horses to achieve the new proposed 10:40 qualifying riding time on a 100-miler, I don't see this as desirable. Just how far do we want to push our horses to achieve notoriety. It appears to me that some countries are just interested in the prestige and/or prizes and not so interested in the horse as a companion and treasured friend. The philosophy of throw-away horses in some countries seems apparent. In other countries, nothing could be farther from their actual philosophy.

There have been occasions in this country where riders have pushed their horses too far, but I have noticed this becoming more rare. I think this has to be due in great measure to the "fit to continue" standard and ongoing education.

I used to adopt the philosophy that "if some riders want to compete internationally, let them make that choice," but now I think the rules have been pushed too far and I fear that we may be judged too harshly for supporting and competing under those rules. There are groups in this country that believe more in protecting our animals than our people. Yet Americans generally are very conscious of the care we give our animals. We either need to influence FEI away from these rules or just stay home and ride our own way. I feel very deeply about this.


----- Original Message -----
  From: Sisu West Ranch
  To: Ride Camp
  Sent: Friday, April 27, 2007 10:09 AM
  Subject: [RC] BOD and FEI

With todays post I sent the following via USPS first class mail to each member of the AERC BOD:
"Dear (name of member)::

I have been considering writing this letter for some time. The recent action by the FEI in increasing the qualifying speed for the next WEC is the straw that broke the camel's back.

I believe that the AERC BOD should withdraw all association of the AERC with international competition. This includes dissolving of AERC International. There are a number of reasons why I believe this to be a wise action. I will list them in no particular order of priority.

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[RC] BOD and FEI, Barbara McCrary