Kudos to your editors for “The Perfect Horse World,” the most interesting article I have read in your magazine in a long time. Your ideas were spot on: Now how do they get implemented? The money we non-professional members pay to U.S. Equestrian Federation in fees would be put to good use by solving some of these problems; the “powers that be” just need to step up to the plate.
For example: Make all horse transfers and registrations contingent upon filling out a USEF for with lists leaser or buyer, seller, price, and all commissions, and voila- a database is born which USEF can then monetize by selling access to members.
Just like a functioning democracy is contingent upon the self-education of its citizens, the equine industry needs non-professionals to learn and advocate for themselves and the horses.
– Phoebe Weseley
The Chronicle of the Horse | July 1–15 2019 Issue