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Re: [RC] [Endurance Tracks] France requests change to 2008->2009 - John Teeter

most endurance rides in Europe have 2 (or 4) divisions. A Professional and an Amateur (CEI and CEN) competition with Junior/ YoungRider divisions added on for a total of 6 division. The comment relating to professional refers to the liabilities foreseen if the current "transitional measures" are applied.


(as a footnote, there are no real issues with the 2009 FEI Rules for Endurance. The letter addresses side-effects of the currently defined transitional measures (how to move from 2008 rules to 2009 rules). The letter proposes an alternative that, it seems, was proposed to FEI and rejected. Thus this open letter)

On Feb 22, 2009, at 10:01 AM, Chrystal Woodhouse wrote:

Good comments re: FEI and alternatives for Europe...however one thing that stuck with me from the letter to FEI from France was that "most of the endurance riders were professionals" , so a totally different mindset than " go out and have a great time on your best friend/backyard horse " kind of situation. Probably "to finish is to win" not so attractive when lots of $ is at stake!! Can you imagine a TB owner telling a jockey to go out/take it slow/ have a great time???:-) ;-) Not that the European way is bad...just different,and probably a lot of that has to do with the fact that the "average" person does not and will never own a farm/ land , be able to afford horses etc.............,we are so very,very lucky in North America.:-)

Chrystal :-)


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Re: [RC] [Endurance Tracks] France requests change to 2008->2009, Chrystal Woodhouse