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Re: [RC] 2008 WEC quals - Truman Prevatt

The difference the USOC spend three years doing studies on how to minimize the risk. Endurance rides were used as part of these studies that were performed by UGA. They also mandated a course design that would mitigate the risk. I sure don't see that happening for the WEG. They do have a train wreck coming.

The train wreck starts when a horse with not much experience is pushed to run a 10:40 time for a COC on a course that is not designed for that speed by a rider that has only one goal - go to the WEC on the US team. I sure hope the AERC BOD is smart enough to run as fast and far as possible to distance themselves from this train wreck.

Truman

terre wrote:
I believe that the FEI TDs are acting with good intentions in proposing these qualifications. This situation reminds me very much of the years leading up to the Atlanta Olympics, when there were very real fears that horses might die on the 3-day event course, and measures were taken to prevent this.

The delegates at the 'test run' were impressed by the venue, and thought the ride went well. However, I can see them looking ahead to a bunch of horses coming from outside Malaysia that are not adequately prepared for the conditions...and they see a train wreck coming. This is their attempt to prevent that.

I like the recommendations that the horse/rider team have to qualify together--if someone wants to lease a horse they have to (at least) ride it at a qualifying ride. I like the "metabolic pull" stuff. I DON'T like the shortened time for the COC--for all the reasons others have stated.

They would be further ahead to require that all teams have to qualify at a hot/humid ride...and I supposed they would have to 'name' those rides. Then everyone would be screaming about the need to travel to qualify; it would still probably be a better option than this one. If, in the end, only horses living in similar conditions could qualify to go--that might be the best solution all around.

I don't know what the answer is--but I do believe they are trying (in their usual annoying way) to find a way of preventing a tragedy. The short COC just isn't the right way.

terre


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