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Make the Grand National a safer race

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Dear concerned, We are here to ask you to seriously consider the risks that the current Grand National course has. Nearly every year, the course takes more fatalities and casualities, and it is inevitable that this number will rise, accidents happen, be it in eventing, showjumping or even dressage- however; the Grand National seems to be most prominent in fatalities. The main reason we believe this is, is because of the number of racers on the course. 40 horses, running at speeds of around 30km, with adrenaline pumping through their veins, is seriously a cause for disaster. We kindly ask you to consider lowering the number of horses on the course, from 40 to 20-25. This means that less horses are going to clash, because there is more room for them to all clear the fences and if one falls, there is not a chain reaction of more catastrophes. The second aspect which we would ask you to consider, is the ground. Last year, the ground was slightly better and therefore there were no deaths, this year, the ground was much harder and many more falls occurred. If the ground is not in particularly good condition, we ask you to perhaps review whether it is suitable to run the race and reschedule to another day or begin improvements to the ground prior to the race. 

You can still enjoy watching this sport and participating, if several safety features are reviewed, nobody likes to hear about it. So let's try and prevent this from happening in future years. Thank you for your time, sincerely

Amy Harneiss and The Undersigned.


Heather Moffett of Enlightened Equitation


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