Hmm, interesting. As a future horse owner (someday), I see her point about
kids wanting pony rides and adults wanting pictures- not the most fun for
the equestrian at an event. However, I disagree that this indicates there
is no room for horses in the West.
Perhaps if those gentles who indicate interest in equestrian were educated
and encouraged, rather than being shunned, they would seek out more
knowledge, and hopefully begin to ride themselves. Then equestrian would be
self sustaining in the West. (I would think this was the goal of any
Kingdom Equestrian officer, but maybe I'm wrong there!) Then when a horse
owner wants to bring a horse to an event, it would be a regular occurance,
and the populace could be educated about the rudeness of requesting a pony
ride, or approaching someone's horse without their consent.
Yes, there will of course be an initial effort to bring equestrian back- or
establish it in the first place! But the "herculean" effort that she refers
to is an overstatement- having an equestrian event at a barn that rents
horses, consisting of an hour of horse education (tacking up, safety,
control) followed by beginning, intermediate, and advanced authorization is
NOT herculean. It seems like a pretty straightforward day event as far as
these things go, and I'd like to organize one for later on this year, or
early next year after I find a few prospective local barns.
The site fee would be high, because it costs alot to rent horses by the
hour, but thats the price us interested horse lovers (who don't own horses)
have to pay. If only a few people come, well, some equestrian in the West
is better than none. After a first event, real equestrian games could be
held- maybe at the same barn- with a "track" for those who were authorized
and a "track" for those who were not and needed to be authorized (in
parallel)- like at Collegiums.
By the way, I asked Duchess Elina about our authorization cards this weekend
at March Crown, and she said she's having them made! I'll keep in touch
with her about them. I'll have to check the Equestrian/Marshallate rules,
but after a (some number) of equestrian games, those of us who are
authorized can authorize others, who may authorize others....and on, and on!
:-), Marguerite du Royon
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