Den 7 februari 2010 publicerades detta öppna brev, som skickats av ryttaren Coloner Carde till Heuschmann, som kommer delta på rollkursmötet den 9 februari arrangerat av FEI.
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 écuyer 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.)
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