The motion as proposed by the Sponsorship Committee:
Person to contact for or against: Direcector, Kathleen Henkel at firstname.lastname@example.org THE MOTION AERC
Board of Directors
Motion Name: AERC NOTICE TO FEI
Proposing Committee: SPONSORSHIP
Date of Motion: JANUARY, 2014 BOD CC MEETING
order to address the growing alarm among AERC members that mounting
drug violations and fatalities and fractures in international endurance
riding conducted by the FEI are injuring the reputation of our sport
worldwide, the AERC shall immediately notify the FEI in writing of:
The AERC’s grave concerns that drug violations and horse fatalities and
fractures are excessive in FEI endurance events, that the flat courses
and high speeds characteristic of FEI international rides contribute to
horse injuries increasingly similar in severity and frequency to those
occurring in flat track racing, that FEI officials inadequately enforce
the FEI’s own rules, and that the administration of FEI events favors
certain competitors and member countries over others.
The AERC’s intention to consider no longer co-sanctioning endurance
rides in the United States with the FEI and to join the exploration with
like minded endurance groups in other countries of the formation of a
new international organization to conduct international endurance riding
events if the FEI does not demonstrate measurable progress towards
addressing the AERC’s concerns by January 1, 2015. Measurable progress
would include, but not be limited to, greater transparency in public
reporting of fatalities and fractures occurring at or associated with
FEI endurance rides.
AERC’s International Committee is directed to monitor and evaluate the
FEI’s progress towards meeting the AERC’s concerns. The AERC’s
International Committee is also directed to prepare periodic reports to
the AERC Board who will determine yearly if meaningful and measurable
progress is being made. The AERC shall continue to support the efforts
of the USEF to improve the FEI’s conduct of international endurance
riding and shall remain affiliated with USEF.
Background, analysis and benefit:
has jeopardized the sport of endurance riding in the United States and
Canada as practiced and governed by AERC because of the lack of equal,
fair, and transparent enforcement of its own FEI endurance rules and
policies related to equine welfare, drug violations, cheating, and other
violations. The international publicity generated by FEI’s conduct has
the potential to damage relationships with land managers with the
potential for loss of trails on federal and state managed lands thus
causing irreparable harm to AERC. The public relations damage may have a
negative impact on Sponsorships and the good will and influence AERC
has worked hard to develop over the years. This motion will encourage
FEI to consider the seriousness of AERC’s concern with the above issues.
It will also document that AERC is taking a strong stand in favor of
welfare, fairness, enforcement of rules, and the promotion and
encouragement of the “sport and pastime of endurance riding” as outlined
in the AERC ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION (1972).
may be a minor impact on AERC with the possible loss of some rides. At
the same time, the positive impact with our AERC Membership, by the BOD
taking a concrete action that supports our welfare concerns, may help
increase membership growth. This action may help attract more Sponsors
who support our concern for equine welfare and the value of fairness.
This action will help counter potential arguments and actions by animal
rights groups who may try to compare FEI Endurance Racing to AERC
Endurance Riding. This motion strengthens the AERC argument that we are
different than FEI and counters negative publicity resulting from FEI’s
conduct. In all aspects this Motion puts AERC in the position of
taking a strong stand in the support of equine welfare.
on AERC Office (Work load, budget): There will be no impact on the
AERC Office. There will be no impact on our Insurance or Drug Testing
because AERC will not terminate its membership in USEF."
See the following articles as a start
Read Pippa Cuckson's Guest Blog here.
Watch the video for yourself here. This is endurance riding in the Middle East.
Just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy about endurance doesn't it? That is what the regular Joe who knows nothing about AERC will end up believing we do to our horses, when in reality if I were there, if I were on that horse, I'd have stopped and reckoned all kinds of bloody hell on those ignorant imbeciles. Nobody that would strike my horse would get the second shot, to hell with the race! It is said that an endurance horse's career in the Middle East is 12-24 months. MONTHS. Run them until they are broken. The principles that the amateur sport here were built on is LONGEVITY. The question being not how I can win, but how well can I do this sport, building an equine athlete that will endure. Am I horseman or woman enough to do this this thing successfully with a sound horse at the end of the day. That is the prize. In fact it is the holy grail of endurance riding.
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