Where have I heard that topic before? We should welcome all breeds under the tent.... Something about riders of non-arabians feeling some non-inclusion within the sport. We should welcome and embrace new riders within our ranks. We should be friendly. Encourage people to ride the horse they have.
Dang! I think I wrote all that just a little while back. I even took a poll ☺
The thing is though, the folks riding the non-typical breeds don't feel included because their horses do not get RECOGNITION for their perhaps even greater effort to participate in the sport. That and that alone would make the difference of how new folks on their non-arab horses could be drawn into the sport, boost membership and ride numbers. Honestly it would be as simple as year end best of breed "awards." They wouldn't even have to cost anything. Most would be excited to see their Appaloosa, Paso Fino, Mustang, Quarter Horse, etc...ranked as best of breed in the EN's at the end of the year. That is recognition. That is inclusion, that would excite people to be involved in this thing called endurance. Now the fall back is always, encourage the breed associations to offer an award for distance. The breed associations are mostly locked into the breeding/showing aspect and could care less. A few have stepped up onto the band wagon and offered a distance award, but for the most part, not and they aren't going to. So if the actual breed organization won't recognize its distance horses, and if the AERC will not recognize best of breed, then what in the stalemate can one do?
I just thought it was ironic. Inclusion without recognition. Hmmmm....
The only alternative is to ride your own ride for your own reasons. On YOUR horse.
Discipline: LD/Endurance, CMO, Trail Rider, Cartoonist, Writer, Co-Director/ Green Bean Endurance
Favorite Links for training, gear, and memberships!
- National Association of Competitive Mounted Orienteering
- HOW TO CMO
- What is CMO?
- Old Dominion Endurance Rides
- Renegade Hoof Boots
- Riding vs. Racing a discussion with the Duck.
- Trumbull Mountain's INTRO TO ENDURANCE RIDING
- Principles of Conditioning
- Conditioning the endurance horse by SERA
- Short Article: Feeding & Training the Endurance Horse
- Feeding the Endurance Horse, Swedish Author
- Preventing Dehydration In the Endurance Horse, Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association
- Jim Holland's fantastic training links here!
- South Eastern Distance Rider's Association