Home Current News News Archive Shop/Advertise Ridecamp Classified Events Learn/AERC
Endurance.Net Home Ridecamp Archives
[Archives Index]   [Date Index]   [Thread Index]   [Author Index]   [Subject Index]

RE: [RC] [RC] BOD and FEI - Jody Rogers-Buttram

I agree with all that has been said.  I have the solution:
AERC pulls out of International....and brings back some
form of the ROC for us real endurance riders.

Ranelle Rubin <raneller@xxxxxxx> wrote:
Well said Barbara! Long live the right to ride our rides with our horse's
welfare in mind!

Ranelle Rubin
R.Rubin Consulting


916-663-4140 home office
916-718-2427 cellular
916-848-3662 fax

>From: "Barbara McCrary"
>To: "RIDECAMP" , "Ed Hauser"
>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.
><< BlankBkgrd.gif >>


Ridecamp is a service of Endurance Net, http://www.endurance.net.
Information, Policy, Disclaimer: http://www.endurance.net/Ridecamp
Subscribe/Unsubscribe http://www.endurance.net/ridecamp/logon.asp

Ride Long and Ride Safe!!


Ahhh...imagining that irresistible "new car" smell?
Check out new cars at Yahoo! Autos.
RE: [RC] [RC] BOD and FEI, Ranelle Rubin