Sunday, February 07, 2010

another great letter, to Gerd Heuschmann, in support

Letter from Colonel Carde to Dr. Heuschmann in preparation for the FEI Feb. 9th discussion.

Dear Gerd,

You have been invited to take part in the FEI roundtable discussion scheduled for February, 9th.

At the heart of the debate will be the hyperflexion of the horse’s neck. I want to personally let you know that like many trainers, judges and thousands of riders, all my thoughts will be with you on that day.

Rollkur must be strongly discouraged in riding/training and banned from competition:

- Because it has no place in a philosophy of training designed to develop horses into happy athletes.
- Because it is contrary to the classical Dressage principles applied in all the Schools.*
- Because it is dangerous to the horse's health when badly executed – which is the overwhelming majority of cases.

In Dressage competition, it must be forbidden for the entire duration of the competitions. In order to implement this rule, at the very least, the warm-up should be monitored by a judge and at the very best, it should be scored and that score should be included in the competitors' final ranking.

Good luck, we are counting on you.

Colonel Christian Carde
Ancien √©cuyer en chef de l’Ecole Nationale d’Equitation et du Cadre Noir de Saumur
(Former Head Rider of the French National School of Riding and of the Cadre Noir in Saumur.)


jme said...

great letter! he is another one of the few trainers i respect, so it is nice to hear him lend his support on this issue.

i also got a little chuckle out of the idea of scoring warm-ups being applied to the hunter/jumper world - what a mess that would be! no more draw reins for hunters, no poling jumpers... what a novel concept that would be!

billie said...

Hey, who knows - maybe the hunter-jumper world is next! :)

Just got done commenting on your WONDERFUL new post - what a great idea! Now you'll never be able to stop doing it, b/c everyone's going to demand more! :)

Grey Horse Matters said...

A great letter, I hope he brings it with him and passes out copies to everyone there. Wouldn't it be great to have the warm-ups scored. Ha, that surely would be interesting and I'm sure hotly protested.

Claire said...


billie said...

Arlene, I'm sure he will!

billie said...

Claire, double smiling faces, even! I think it's great that so many top riders are speaking out now.