April 22, 2015 at 6:33 am
Read with the allowance for much sarcasm…
So. Last year, maybe the year before, the USEF had generously decided NOT to print out a hard copy of the 4000+/- page USEF Rule Book available to members for a nominal fee of $10.00, sans binder (that is only another $10). Really. What official would want a hard copy in the field, ay? Always have been free to print off what sections we need from our own printers and have always had accessibility on line ( of course, we ALWAYS have a signal in the heavily populated areas of cross-country venues and other farm facilities, and can always read the fine print in the sunlight when needing to check an update…) I have always preferred my hard copy in the field as the complainant is typically more efficiently agreeable when s/he can be shown the rule in question with no room for contestation or personal translation. Timing is critical as well since legalities, or lack of, are typically noticed on the way INTO the ring/course. Now, we can now order the entire $10.00 USEF Rule Book from Amazon!For all my continued whinging, I really DO appreciate the option.
For the affordable price and now three separate sections, sold separately at a minimum of $10 EACH, I am feeling….. privileged, speshul, retire-able, even more cynical. I know it’s petty but the USEF is SO good at nickle and dime-ing their members with not a lot of return for the “little guys” that make up the significant majourity of the membership body. Always been this way. I am just older and more tired now. I also have plenty of time to run off to the nearest 40 mile away Staples and stand at the copier for two hours….and $50 bucks later..my own printer being on untimely vacation.
Thank you again, USEF, for your continually thoughtful and supportive actions;)
Frangeable pin penalties (seriously? Franges are supposed to make things safer for the horses/riders so let’s PENALIZE them MORE for working?) are also a pet peeve of mine but for another day, another thread, if at all.
Ok, all done : )
Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.April 22, 2015 at 5:38 pmJoe-JoeTopics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205
It’s always something….
It is never the horse's faultApril 24, 2015 at 11:18 amMapaleTopics Started: 4Replies Posted: 421
Frangeables – I thought that was a dessert. Apricot frangeable sounds delicious. Obviously I need to get out more.
Seriously, these organizations have whole committees assigned to devising ways to generate money for the group. I’m sure this nickle and diming thing of which you speak is a feature not a bug.
Bless your heart. Don’t go down without a fight…April 24, 2015 at 12:22 pm
My new Ponee will not be needing a membership or ID so …. next year, neither do I : )
Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.April 24, 2015 at 12:32 pmMapaleTopics Started: 4Replies Posted: 421
Sounds like a plan. I have a similar one. I can’t see the benefits, and as you say, you pay for… what exactly… for the PFHA. It used to come with a monthly magazine, when they stopped that, so did I. Now these orgs seem to exist just for themselves, not their membership. Go figure.April 27, 2015 at 6:56 am
I do believe in and try to support the associations that support me, my goals and my activities and present opportunities for competition and progress in the horse world but some of these Orgs/Assoc make it very expensive to do so. I can afford to compete or I can afford to support the Assoc thru membership. Can’t afford both at the current rates. I wish the GMOs that are so financially demanding could be more aware of the actual financiers of such things.
If one was to count all the competitours from every discipline, they would possibly find that the bulk of the membership is between comparable “Novice” and “Training” levels (not unlike the Middle Class in relation to the Upper Crust in society). In these areas, the competitour does NOT own a $100k horse (most own/lease ONE horse), nor should he need to, does NOT have to retain an upper level trainer, the competition itself is reasonably local, and the skill level required to fare well is attainable as well as sustainable without having to sell one’s First Born. Not ALL of us want to go to the Olympics or even Prelim. There are many very capable riders and even better horsemen at these levels and THEY are the ones producing and perpetuating the majourity of the cash. They deserve to be heard and accommodated to a better point, jmo.
I just wish the business was a little more affordable and a little more technically forgiving so that more folks that want to could actually enjoy a fine horse, a fun competition and still feed the family once or twice a week : )
But then again, is this not a dream in MOST vocations?
Ride on anyway : )
Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.April 27, 2015 at 8:03 amJoe-JoeTopics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205
Many organizations seem to exist for their own benefit, and ignore the needs of the members.
It is never the horse's faultApril 30, 2015 at 8:23 amG & STopics Started: 16Replies Posted: 249
Were you thinking of 1st born human child, or first born equine child? If you had the human kid in mind, on a bad day I might consider it.April 30, 2015 at 8:29 am
Like minds, G&S, like minds : D
Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.
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