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Regarding the proposed bylaw change of deleting
the age requirements in the bylaws and handling them in the rules
I have thought about this bylaws change
and my personal knowledge of some of the directors. I cannot see any of the ones
I know from rides attempting to circumvent us by this seemingly innocuous
proposed change in the bylaws. However this change would make it possible for
the board to enact rules such as the 6 yr 100 rule without our vote. Which at
this point they cannot do.
I quote from June 97 EN pg 13.
"C. Hart moved for the Committee to change rule 3.1 to read "Equines
in a one-day 100 miles or longer distances must be at least 72 months old at the
time of the ride. ..........(skip some language regarding lesser
distances)..." To be published in Endurance News and to become effective in
1998. Motion carried." This was from the minutes of the Feb 22, 1997
board meeting. So I assumed it was a done deal. If I have not
interpreted the minutes of the meeting correctly perhaps somebody can correct
The minutes of the midyear meeting held
July 26th 1997 and published in Sept EN then stated "Chair Frazier
declared the motion to be illegal because it is in direct violation of AERC
BYLAWS. " So now I didn't have to worry about it. The reason I
followed this so closely was I had a horse I was preparing for his first 100 in
Feb of 98. The horse would still be 5 although only 2 weeks shy of his 6th
birthday. So my plans were disrupted when I thought AERC changed the rules on me
then salvaged when they were illegal. The 100 was an excellent first 100 for a
young horse in my opinion and really the only close, easier 100 that I felt fit
my plans so well.
So in closing I would like to thank our
directors for their endless unpaid effort toward this sport. And I don't believe
the majority attempted deliberatly to use this slyly worded change to enact the
100 mile rule I think they attempted to pass over a year ago. (maybe I'm
gullible now, changed from cynical) But I know most rational people would
view this as a way to avoid a membership vote on something somebody wanted to
change. (according to EN minutes)
Although not against a 6 yr rule
one can see in my horses case a really 6 yr old horse would not be allowed to do
a ride based on an inflexible rule.
I will forward these to AERC and
hopefully get an explanation of the 97 meeting minutes. Did the board approve
this in 97 or not.
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