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Re: [RC] Stagg's dream...... - Truman Prevatt

While this used to be quite common, it seems that there was concern about horse deaths - after the Spain ride a few years ago and the pendulum swung the other way. There were also some issues in Kansas. Paddy had a positive experience but not every leased horse had such a great ride.

One has to ask the following question - at the end of the day what is the sport about. A human showing up and riding a leased horse or a human developing his horse so they can go compete as a team? If the horse is not the paramount member of the team then why are we doing it?

The beauty of AERC endurance is it IS about the horse and rider team. That is why I was drawn to the sport and the prevalence of leased horses and the emphasis that FEI endurance tends to place on the rider over the horse is the very I am no longer an AERC-I member after over 16 years of being a member.


Jay Randle wrote:
Stagg said:
"Truman is probably correct that International travel with horses
will only get more difficult. I personally would like to see
a "back to the future" where foreign riders frequently leased horses in
the host country like in the earlier World Championships.
That created camaraderie. Just ask Patti Pizzo who leased
her wonderful horse Savaq to Brazilians for the '96 Worlds
in Kansas. After he did so well, Patti and the Brazilians
were dancing on the tables at the post ride dinner.
However that is probably the idealistic dreamer in me.

Stagg Newman "

Stagg, you and I must be dreaming the same dream! What a lovely dream it is!

So, how do we make it a reality? The upcoming Malaysian WEC has 'special' rules that will prevent this happening there, however after that it shouldn't really be so hard, should it? And how much less expensive will leasing horses be? Why, it might just balance the trade deficit!

Best regards

Jay Randle

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[RC] Stagg's dream......, Jay Randle