The central discussion at the 2004 Global Dressage Forum was the redefination of FEI Rule Article 401 into: "the object of dressage is the development of the horse into a happy athlete through harmonious education."
At the 2004 Bundeschampionate the absence of some of the best young horses in Germany was striking. No Florencio, no French Kiss, no Fazzino, no Baroncelli. More and more, dressage competitions become intertwined with strategy and business tactics, while sportsmanship, fair play and fun are fading away.
Each morning, after I get and am brushing my teeth, I turn on my PC and watch the annoying Windows XP screen flash like a stroboscope waking me up for another electronic day. By the time I've finished my bathroom routine, my PC is ready for labor day. I check my mail first thing and then visit my book marked websites. One of them is the UBB message board.
It's been droopy weather for months now over here. Each day, you wonder if a ray of sunshine is going to break through the thick layer of clouds, which have conspired against us to make our lives grey, somber and depressing from October to May. You lie in bed and dream of tropical islands, coconut drinks and minimal clothing, while you feel coldness creeping in through the windows.
Usually, with every turn of the year, I write an editorial which is not horse-infused, but which deals with real life; politics, economy, social life, etc. This time I'm not going to devote any energy into an idealistic debate about what the world should look like and which persons should definitely step down from government right away.