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September 11, 2012

The Olympics Were Everything We Feared

Ravel put in a great effort one last time for Steffen Peters and Team USA, but now he’s retiring, and it’s hard to name many U.S. prospects that could take his place at the 2016 Olympic Games. Photo by Kat Netzler.
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ise@ssl (not verified)
1 year 45 weeks ago
Contradictions
Gribbons states that "Team thinking is of major importance" which when juxtaposed to her earlier comment about 2 1/2 weeks spent...polishing final details, test riding and team building seems... Read More
VStarr
1 year 45 weeks ago
Are we overlooking some of our own?
From the article: "They [US dressage riders] need to compete in foreign arenas, in front of judges who can compare them with the horses that we must try to measure up to and hopefully surpass.... Read More

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VStarr
1 year 45 weeks ago

Are we overlooking some of our own?

From the article: "They [US dressage riders] need to compete in foreign arenas, in front of judges who can compare them with the horses that we must try to measure up to and hopefully surpass. Frequent showing on European terms until our riders become as seasoned in the ring as those of the nations we’re up against is of the essence." Catherine Haddad-Staller competed in the Western European League for roughly 10 years, yet she received very little publicity or support from the US dressage community during that time. It seems a bit contradictory to say we need to send our riders to Europe when we don't appear to support the ones who are already there.
ise@ssl
1 year 45 weeks ago

Contradictions

Gribbons states that "Team thinking is of major importance" which when juxtaposed to her earlier comment about 2 1/2 weeks spent...polishing final details, test riding and team building seems contradictory. Is that short a period of time adequate to build a Team? While the decision to forego a U.S. Team Coach in the years leading up to London evolved from a survey of our HP riders, in hindsight given the results, was there any benefit to that format? We can all agree that our equestrian sports cannot survive at high performance or any level without private financial sponsorship. Gribbons makes reference to "additional support from neutral funds". What exactly does she mean by neutral funds? If that should be monetary support from our NGB - the USEF and other equine organizations, exactly how would that happen? It's high time the USEF, USDF, USEA, etal faced the hard reality that supporting all these various and substantially redundant organizations is an ever growing financial burden that the members can no longer support. The cost of the redundancy and inefficiencies is money that could function as the "neutral source" that Gribbons references. It would certainly create more depth to all of equestrian sports if those horse/rider combinations in every discipline who lack private sponsorship but clearly have the talent became a major focus. This cannot be done without funding. Our current system forces members of our various organizations to pay fees on top of fees to support redundent systems such as memberships, numbers, staff, etc. Streamlining the equine sport systems into one system is long overdue. While this "leaner and meaner" approach to our sport may pinch some egos and ruffle some feathers, given the current US and world financial situation we will never expand the pool of horses and riders who have the talent but cannot monetarialy afford the costs if our NGB and subsidiaries maintain status quo.
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