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    My first guess? Friends walking the course...

    My first guess? Friends walking the course together doing more talkie-talkie than walkie-walkie and making the same mistake! (Total speculation, of course, and OF VOURSE not based on similar...
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    A lovely obituary, and perhaps the best concise...

    A lovely obituary, and perhaps the best concise explanation of eventing for the non-horse-person that I've ever read:

    "Pairing one rider with one horse through a series of disparate trials, it...
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    Ha! And here I was thinking you were being clever...

    Ha! And here I was thinking you were being clever and referring to this jumper rider and her cute chestnut mare. My bad. ;)

    My 2 cents: This is a very experienced rider who has the experience to...
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    I believe there is detailed paperwork associated...

    I believe there is detailed paperwork associated with every yellow card. I don't believe that paperwork is public. Someone else may be able to correct me, but I believe the public record is the one...
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    Well, how very, very cool! Congratulations, have...

    Well, how very, very cool! Congratulations, have a blast and don't forget where you are going! :D :D :encouragement: :applause::applause::applause:

    (This is the most emojis I've ever used. Ever....
  6. That's wonderful! Thank you so much for...

    That's wonderful! Thank you so much for sponsoring that!
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    It was VERY COOL to see how many people wore...

    It was VERY COOL to see how many people wore purple, and how many people picked up purple ribbons to wear in Seema's honor. The weather was amazing all weekend longWe had an amazing crew of...
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    Respectfully, I don't think this is accurate. I...

    Respectfully, I don't think this is accurate. I am struggling to think of any rule, other than speed faults, that has been added to the lower levels but not the upper.

    Changes in how you qualify,...
  9. Sorry, the perks: Lunch, water, entry into our...

    Sorry, the perks:
    Lunch, water, entry into our volunteer raffle for a $100 gift card to Bit of Britain at the end of the weekend, entry in our year-end volunteer raffle for $1,000 toward a trip to...
  10. Absolutely. And I hope it is.

    Absolutely. And I hope it is.
  11. One last little bump: We're all good for Sunday...

    One last little bump: We're all good for Sunday now, but we've had a few people drop out for Saturday and could really use just a few more people. If you know anyone local & interested, please...
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    Reed, Thanks for the excellent post. I think...

    Reed,
    Thanks for the excellent post. I think you've done a great job here of framing the things the USEA really CAN do but hasn't, without confusing USEA/USEF/FEI roles and responsibilities. Helps...
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    Wow... Like BFNE said, I don't think we all read...

    Wow... Like BFNE said, I don't think we all read the same letter.
    I think the point about rider responsibility is EXCELLENT.
    I think the whole thing could be boiled down to two simple sentences:...
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    That's a lovely idea. Makes me a bit teary,...

    That's a lovely idea. Makes me a bit teary, actually. Please do it.
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    Fred: We did post a little blurb on Facebook...

    Fred: We did post a little blurb on Facebook. I think faybe and others may have posted more on their personal pages?
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    Plantation goes purple for Scubed

    In case you missed it on the Goodbye Scubed thread, we will be remembering Seema Sonnad at the Plantation Field Horse Trials this weekend, June 6 & 7.
    Her passing leaves a huge hole in eventing...
  17. A little bump and a big THANK YOU to those who...

    A little bump and a big THANK YOU to those who have volunteered. A few people have said they are volunteering in honor of Seema, which is very, very cool.

    If you are local and think you might be...
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    One idea to remember Seema

    Looking through old stories about Seema and her support of volunteering, I found this on Eventing Nation, dated December 2014:

    "In Seema’s mind, there’s always more than can be done to recognize...
  19. Plantation Field needs VOLUNTEERS June 6-7

    Plantation Field in Unionville, Pa., still is looking for a good number of volunteers to help us at our upcoming horse trials, June 6-7. If you have a day or a half-day to spare, please consider...
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    I don't remember when I first met Seema, but I...

    I don't remember when I first met Seema, but I know from the very beginning I was drawn to her as another full-time working professional (albeit in a field that requires many more advanced degrees...
  21. Kcmel: Plantation is having its annual XC...

    Kcmel: Plantation is having its annual XC schooling day on Monday, June 8. It's just a one-time option, but lots of people come with trainers to that.
    Plus, if you haven't already used the volunteer...
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    There certainly was a lot of talk about it at the...

    There certainly was a lot of talk about it at the time, but IIRC, the MRs were turned to TEs because the fence was taken off the course partway through the division in response to the problems....
  23. In most cases, because people like the look. Sort...

    In most cases, because people like the look. Sort of like how every horse is suddenly fly-sensitive and needs to wear a cute, piped, fringed, color-coordinated bonnet for all three phases. :rolleyes:
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    Agreed. The PTB have tried changing...

    Agreed. The PTB have tried changing qualifications to handle the rider/horse readiness factor, but you can only legislate so far.
    Not saying all this discussion of what can be done externally to...
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    A little sidenote that probably is...

    A little sidenote that probably is inconsequential but did stand out to me:
    I was looking back online at the two most recent rotational-fall deaths I can remember here in the U.S. (Mia Ericsson at...
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