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post #1 of 5 Old 11-03-2019, 12:03 AM Thread Starter
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In support of FEI International reining.

Please could you sign the below petition, if you support FEI reining. Many Thanks!
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-03-2019, 12:29 PM
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Reining is refusing to abide by the FEI rules, thus they won't keep it. Unless reining shifts its focus from 2 y.o and 3 y.o's to older horses, this isn't going to change, and we all know that won't happen.
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"Reining is no longer an FEI-recognized sport. So what caused this change? According to the reports, there is a disagreement both over the minimum age that horses can compete in FEI events and a lack of agreement over allowed drugs.

In terms of age, the FEI regulations restricted competition to horses ages 7 and above....

...This is not out of line for other FEI disciplines: The minimum age for FEI dressage is 8; for Olympic/WEG level eventing itís 8; and for show jumping itís 7. In the reining world, where many horses are started at age 2 (or even at 18 months), junior classes are held for horses age 3-5...

I suspect the big problem is the FEI wants total control and so does the NRHA, which has been in control for decades. It looks to me like part of it is the difference between the western US & Europe on riding in general. IIRC, the AQHA considers 6+ to be the "senior" class, while the FEI considers 6 too young.

Drugs involve standards - how much of what is acceptable.

I don't know if horses in Europe could have their own reining competitions without the FEI. Doesn't seem likely. And reining inside the FEI is trending down, not up. Don't know the answer. Doesn't look like the NRHA & AQHA are likely to meet minds with the FEI. There are cultural differences in how horses are viewed and what is expected. Not saying I totally agree with the NRHA but I understand horses in the west are generally started earlier, ridden at higher weights, etc.

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post #4 of 5 Old 11-04-2019, 02:54 PM
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The FEI wants total control over international competition, and NRHA/AQHA are balking at that, and rightfully so. I doubt there will be much headway on this. Too many differences of opinion. It was hoped that by having reining in the FEI, it might increase the market value for older horses, and I don't think there's been a lot of change there. Reining is still largely a 'young horse sport'.
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post #5 of 5 Old 11-19-2019, 02:58 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you all very much for your support. The petition was presented to the FEI.
Today all of the FEI member countries voted unanimously to keep reining as an FEI discipline..

Thank you.
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