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As a starter for ten, here’s the ‘Love and Change’ thoughts of our regular contributor Tilly:
The Thing I Love About Eventing:
The thing I love about eventing is the camaraderie. It doesn’t matter that I am nobody, and as likely to be propping up the scoreboard in 21st place as I am to be placed, people in eventing, on the whole are nice. I love that when I am coming back from cross country with a big grin on my face a sponsored hero is quite likely to smile back and say ‘good ride?’, and that if I forget something, the next door lorry will look and see if they have it to lend to me. And I positively adore the fact that as I head towards the start box, people will say to me ‘fence 4 is riding a bit short’ or ‘watch the ground after fence 11, it’s gone really holding’ – where else would you find people who you are in direct competition with offering helpful advice? Of course it’s not all sunshine and rainbows – I was pretty shocked when a friend told me about a sponsored hero who openly admitted in a clinic that they will try and intimidate people in the dressage warmup who look like they might be a rival for the top spots. But in general, eventing is a friendly place to be, and I for one feel lucky to be a part of that.
The Thing I’d Change About Eventing:
It infuriates me that the AGM seems to be designed to discourage the membership from attending and voting. Mid-week, in London – just how is that supposed to work for the majority of the membership who a) work full time and b) don’t live in London?! It might be convenient for the board of directors, but frankly, that should be the last reason to have it there. In the USA they manage to incorporate their AGM with a really superb series of discussions and speakers (they even film them and upload to YouTube – check out their channel here). Which made me think – given we have the excellent International Eventing Forum in the UK, why doesn’t BE look to hold the AGM in conjunction with that? The Articles of Association of BE only state that an AGM must be held within 15 months of the last AGM, so moving the date to coincide with the IEF wouldn’t be impossible – the 2012 AGM was on 19th December 2012, and the next IEF is 3rd February 2014. Moving the AGM from December 2013 to February 2014 would be within the 15 months specified by the Articles of Association. And it might just make it easier and more enjoyable for the average member to attend. Add in a day of discussion forums like the USEA ones the day before the IEF, followed by the BE AGM, and you have a ready-made weekend set up which appeals to amateurs and pros alike.
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