BRAINSTORMING Thread: Post your favorite eventing solutions here
I've been reading the Rolex accident threads with interest, as I read the Red Hills threads with interest, and as I read the November Ocala threads with interest.
We have come up with a plethora of ideas over these difficult months, and we need to make a list that will be of use to the USEA and USEF, even the FEI.
One unifying concern is that we are seeing that even the best of the best can make mistakes. So we need to consider reducing the deadly consequences of mistakes, as well as reducing the number of mistakes.
Here are some of the options that have been tossed around.
1. Do away with vertical faces, on fences with spreads or without spreads.
2. Make XC fences collapsible with innovative engineering. The consequence for knocking such a fence down is elimination.
3. Increase the use of frangible pins.
4. Reduce the spreads of fences.
5. Reduce speeds (already a rule change in the works for this).
6. Change course design to include less technicality/ "showjumping over fixed fences".
7. Bring back the long format, or some elements of it (vet checks, mandatory warmups).
8. Make qualification criteria for Prelim and up much more stringent (there is already a rule change in the works for this).
9. Conduct an analysis of style/proficiency (assessed by knowledegable officials) and their correlation with previous experience of horse and rider.
10. Make 4-star events extremely difficult to qualify for/ be invited to.
11. Institute a mandatory XC course meeting and course walk with a respected teacher and rider.
12. Increase participation in the Instructor Certification plan, either by encouragement or requirement.
13. Increase the powers of officials to stop a dangerous ride on XC.
14. Conduct a detailed study of the numbers and frequency of serious injuries or deaths of horses and riders (TB or not TB's project).
15. Conduct a detailed study of horse exercise physiology, including the causes of pulmonary hemorrhage (the latter is now delegated to a task force).
16. Hold a moratorium on upper-level competitions until ____.
We've made quite a list, wouldn't you say? Please add to/ comment on any or all of these as you see fit.
I think they might want to go back
and see what the courses looked like 40 years ago. The original purpose was 'the Military." A horse should go thru nearly anything, TRUSTING HIS RIDER. Now there have been great safety improvements, but do we really need cheese wedges with mice sticking out the top? Can't they do innovative things on a course, with the new pins?
I guess I think they should ALWAYS build an alternate route [safer] unless it is a straight up jump.
As much as I dislike regulation, there perhaps needs to be a little more here, and an Invitational Rolex is sounding better and better to me.
Qualifers sound like a good idea too.
Let's all pray for a safe Badminton
I think I disagree with one
"5. Reduce speeds (already a rule change in the works for this)."
Perhaps change the wording to "re-evaluate what speeds are appropriate for what levels" (and phases, if some version of the long format were to be reconsidered). As several posters have pointed out, steeplechasers, p2p riders, etc. all travel at a much higher rate of speed than eventers typically do. They ride in a different position, and therefore fall differently. There was an excellent article in the British Eventing magazine a couple of years ago about learning how to fall, and using National Hunt jockeys as their models.
Speed in itself may not be the culprit.