Monday, June 22, 2009

A Change of Venue

A Change of Venue

I came upon this petition put out by Philippe Karl and anyone interested in stopping the abusive practices that are happening around the world in dressage and other disciplines may want to look it up and sign it. In my opinion, this is a start and one way to let the judges and sponsors know that the grading they are currently giving the "stars" is not okay with everyone. Most of these "stars" use abusive training methods to make up a horse quickly and get them out there exhibiting the flash and dash that some uneducated audiences want to see. Most of these poor horses are thrown out by the time they are eight or nine years old. That’s right. Can you believe that? It’s disgusting what some people will do for their egos and money.

It might also be a good idea to write to the sponsors of these "stars" and let them know that we will no longer buy their products if they are endorsed by riders and trainers who employ rollkur - or as the judges so conveniently call it now "hyper-flexion." No matter what name it goes by, it is still abuse. We have to start somewhere to let them know that what dressage has become is no longer acceptable and must be brought back to the original classical style. The horses need someone to speak for them and make this nonsense stop.

has also posted this particular link on her blog with a well written post, titled Dressage Detox, check it out and the comments as well.

Click on this link to sign the petition:

Until next time

Quote for Today

" In order to serve its purpose, a vision has to be a shared vision."

Warren Bennis

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