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Re: "WEG" and Carlos
- Subject: Re: "WEG" and Carlos
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- Date: Fri, 23 Oct 1998 12:29:20 -0700 (PDT)
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From: R. K. Stewart
>>Rick Stewart DVM stated that:
<< I respectfully submit that you, sir, are commenting
on a subject you know nothing about>>
Certainly I would expect nothing less from the
Chef d' Equip for the USA Equine Endurance
Team than to come to the blind defense of the
process he is such an important part of.<<
Blind defense, eh? How about blind criticism. You could not have made my point for
me any better. If you knew anything about selection, you would know that I have
absolutely nothing to do with it.
When AERC International adopted formal procedures in 1991, the Chef d' Equipe was
also Selection Chairman. As the Chef in 1992, I was the first to work under the new
rules, and the very first thing I did was delegate the Selection Chair job to someone else
My feeling then and now is that the Chef is the rider's advocate and that role is
incompatible with the inherent conflicts involved in selecting one competitor over
another. In short, I could not be impartial to each member of my future squad if I was
involved in selection. Prior to 1992, the Chef was de facto Selection Chair and did
participate in the process. The separating of Selection Chair and Chef's job was
formalized in the first revision of the International Procedures in 1993.
>>I agree that I probably know little about the subject
but I would ask, Who does?<<
The Selection Procedures are public knowledge and are even published on the USET
>>I personally like the Canadian idea of defining the team
1 months in advance.<<
I assume you mean 11 months.
>> Regardless of which method is
used to define the team, sufficient time should be given
for all members to heal, train and peak for the competition
and for the coaches to learn the strengths and weaknesses
of each athlete. With 11 months lead time any injury that
may have occurred in the qualifying race would have ample
time to heal . This is not the case with the current system
in which nominees are expected to perform demonstration
rides until the final selection 3 months prior to the competition.<<
Correct me if I am wrong, but in your last post you advocated a “shootout” in the year of
competition. You said that previous years’ records were by and large irrelevant. Now
you think selection should be earlier. Well, surprise surprise, I agree with you. Not
only do I not have anything to do with selection, but I don’t happen to agree with every
part of the process either. I, however, made a point to learn how to have input into the
process and have done so in the past. You have not.
>>I have received a lot of private correspondence
in support of these views from members who agree but fear
subjective repercussion against them if they go against the
I’ve heard this for years. All I can say is this has absolutely no basis in fact. I defy
anyone to bring forward an example of such abuse in the past or present. NO ONE is
considered or not considered based on their opinion of the selection criteria (or the their
opinion of the selectors for that matter!!). The selection committee is not even named
until the year before the competition. How can anyone offend the selection committee
if you don’t have one yet? As to “the system”, that makes this process seem permanent.
It is not. It can be changed. Do you know that there is no “system” for the Zones to
select teams for the North American or Pan Am Championships? It was set up that way
to encourage innovation and new selection methods to see how they work at the Zone
level. If there is a new method that works at that level, I think it should be evaluated
for national selection through due process.
I’ve received private correspondence too, in support of my view. I think they are not
posted because people don’t like to get caught in the cross fire, which is understandable.
>>I am not taking this time attempting to change your believes
or that of others defending the current process, you are too
set in your opinion to accept the necessary changes.<<
Untrue. As I have said, there is much about the present system that I don’t like (and
Tony Benedetti knows it!!). But I am willing to work within our democratic system to
get my opinions known. Are you?
>>In closing I would like to borrow from the words of a famous
poet and submit to you and the others that....
COMPETITION MAKES LEGENDS .
LEGENDS IS WHAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF.
WHEN LEGENDS DIE THERE ARE NO LONGER DREAMS
AND WHEN DREAMS DIE THERE IS NO LONGER
Of all the years to be critical of the selection process, I think you picked the wrong one.
On the squad we have two World Champions, a Pan American Champion, a couple of
ROC winners, a Haggin Cup winner and at least three (probably more) who are capable
of sub 9 hour hundreds (they did them this year). This is, in my opinion, the strongest
team we have EVER sent to a competition. That goes for our entire alternate list as
>>With regards and still sincerely wishing you success in Dubai,
Keeping the Dream Alive<<
On behalf of the team, I thank you very much.
R. K. Stewart DVM
Chef d’ Equipe
USA Equine Endurance Team
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