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    02-07-2011, 06:39 PM
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Between May 16-18, 2011, I, E. Allan Buck will be presenting arguments regarding enforcement of the health and welfare rules, regulations and Mission Statement predicated upon refusal to allow bitless bridle competitors.
I am allowed to submit affidavits on behalf of supporting the grievance and relief sought.
If any one wishes to support our horses and would so choose to submit such an affidavit [include full name, address] please email me the affidavit in PDF format to

The text of the grievance can be found at
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    02-07-2011, 08:25 PM
The indefatiguable salesman petitions the USEF once again.

Are you going to sue anyone this time?
    02-07-2011, 09:24 PM
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The opportunity to stand our ground in the protection of the health and welfare of our horses is at hand. An exciting time has come for horsemen and horsewomen to line up in the famous cavalry charge and defend our rights and the rights of our horses. We as Americans have the opportunity to unite horse people all over the world by showing the way.
On May 16th through the 18th of 2011, the USEF Hearing Committee will be addressing a grievance filed by E. Allan Buck regarding failure of USEF to enforce the Mission Statement and rules regarding the health and welfare of the horse. This grievance is predicated upon USEF Board of Directors and Dressage Committee refusing to allow bitless dressage for the ‘second’ time.
To see the grievance text in its entirety please visit and click on the button that says USEF Grievance.
The ‘willful, knowing, intentional’ refusal by USEF to allow individuals to compete their horses in any venue using equipment they know benefit’s the health and welfare of their horses is in violation of the all that USEF stands for.
The ‘willful, knowing, intentional’ refusal by USEF to regulate licensed competition judges in such a manner as to demand said judges enforce all of the rules as stipulated presents an unfair field of competition for those riders who wish to meet the criteria set forth in the stipulated rules.
Mr. Buck is allowed to present affidavits in support of the rule change to allow bitless competitors predicated upon the health and welfare of the horse. And such affidavits should also support the enforcement of ‘all’ rules, regulations and especially the Mission Statement. Such affidavits with full name, address and telephone number, can be sent in PDF format to spirit . It would most helpful to receive donations to support this effort.
Washington D. C. Has seen the million plus people marches, it is time that the horses be heard with a million plus cavalry charge at the Offices of the United States Equestrian Federation in Lexington, Kentucky.
    02-08-2011, 04:01 AM
I feel sick right now. How dare you imply that the rest of the dressage world, that has not crossed over to bitless, are cruel and torturing their horses? Where the hell do you get off?
    02-08-2011, 09:47 AM
Originally Posted by slc    
The indefatiguable salesman petitions the USEF once again.

I'm sorry to say that, Spirit, but "defend our rights and the rights of our horses" sounds very pathetic. Also this "It would most helpful to receive donations to support this effort." sounds a lot like begging for money...

BTW, I think the bitless bridle should be allowed in competitions IF the research is done that it actually is NOT dangerous for the horse AND the rider when it jumps and/or does dressage. So far I havn't see such a research, and bitless bridle can be very cruel when goes too tight.
    02-08-2011, 09:56 AM
The USEF is actually going to give you time to present your off the wall arguments? Well, at least that's progress, since they brushed you off like an annoying stinkbug the last 10 or 20 times you requested an audience.

I foresee you ranting and raving, and them just sitting there looking bored and annoyed. After your presentation, they'll usher you out and tell you not to darken their doors again with your preposterous claims and demands.

Is there a full moon out?
    02-08-2011, 10:38 AM
I see nothing wrong with having SEPARATE competitions for bitless dressage, BUT and this is a HUGE but has nothing to do with health and welfare of the horse.

It is simply another form of riding ( like the prix caprelli..which never really caught on).
    02-08-2011, 10:55 AM
Originally Posted by Chiilaa    
I feel sick right now. How dare you imply that the rest of the dressage world, that has not crossed over to bitless, are cruel and torturing their horses? Where the hell do you get off?
Yeah, how to make friends and influence people. Insult them all. All of us bit using folk are just cruel and knowledgeable idiots.

I agree with Spyder. Fine if they want to make a different competition.
    02-08-2011, 12:03 PM
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    02-08-2011, 12:44 PM
Well said farmpony84!

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