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Re: Re: [RC] [Endurance Tracks] France requests change to 2008->2009 - Leonard.Liesens

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

No way... that's not true. Only a very tiny fraction are professional. For example, would you think I'm a professional... I'm not! Not at all. Even if i did 4 World Ch, Ec, PanAm, etc...

In France, comared to the 6000 licenciates, maybe 50 are professionals. Maybe not that many finally. Professional means that you live from endurance. You train and campaign horses for owners and breeders, you sell, you buy, etc..

Leonard, Belgium

From: Chrystal Woodhouse <Chrystal@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [RC] [Endurance Tracks] France requests change to 2008->2009

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