Again, I feel this does not impact Europe as much as the US (NA) which has a higher proportion of unrecognized events. Horses in the US tend to come up through the UnRec shows by Trainer/Riders offsetting costs for training before presenting at Rec shows. I am not familiar with Europe, but from what I've read it seems there is much more oversight, more Rec type shows such that it is not hard for a Rider or Trainer to bring up horses without extra costs.
What scheduling conflicts exist today that truly impact major FEI events? How could a rider going to some "show" have any economic impact on the show market if they take a different horse other then their main ride. How can an official taking a job at a UnRec effect the "welfare of the horse". I can see JER's point about bringing up new horses.
The biggest question is this, how can We effect this ruling and get it removed. Will writing to USEA as a member help? Along with that, what is the position of various equine governing bodies to this ruling?
While COTH did not have a broad article (they only reported the blood rule) I found this article which add a little to the news though much of the response from FEI seems double speak to me.