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In a message dated 6/18/2001 11:42:37 PM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

I informed the last junior that this was NOT a race and it fell on deaf
ears.  They were obviously determined on making up time.  

    Debbie, I do that same thing all the time, with the same results.
    This is such a shame as to a new generation coming up to, once again,
RACE an LD.  This is why I announced at my pre-ride meeting that the LD at
our ride is not a race & our/your results will (and has been) printed in
Alpha-order.  I give 6 hours completion times to everyone and put them in
Apha-order when filling out the results to the AERC.  This is the way, other
rides in our area try and solve this racing problem in the LD.  There really
is no glory in winning something, that according to our AERC rules is not a
     Maybe (just a thought), LD's should have a max and min time set.  This
way riders can learn to pace at a correct speed.  If they come into a VC to
early they sit there until the correct time out is announced.  This wouldn't
hurt the regular LD riders that do this for fun, and it would make it safer
for riders with new young horses out on the trail without having to put up
with running horses along the way.  I know that NATRC bases their rides like
this and AERC does not, but as long as this keeps going on then maybe we
should either reconsider some solution or get rid of LD's and let NATRC take
care of shorter distance riders.  This would be a great loss for AERC,
because LD's is our up and new coming Endurance Riders.  It provides a
wonderful stepping stone into endurance and also fills in the shorter
distance rider needs.  I personally think it is a must to try and solve this
    Believe it or not, we had a simple Poker Ride (8 miles) later in the day
at our ride, and we had some riders coming in at a gallop on that!  We even
provided a trail guide and she was passed early in the ride by these racing
poker riders.  Go figure that one???

Tammy Robinson
Trail-Rite Ranch & Products
661/513-9169 or 661/713-3912

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