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Re: Malibu rudeness
First of all, lets not get confused as to what the
problem was. It really has nothing to do with the ride being a LD. I can tell
you right now (and I won't mention any names) that a fellow AERC rider who is
very involved in AERC was racing a 50 and behaving just like the lady
described in this incident. Only this person didn't have any Jr. riders in tow.
As a matter of fact, since I have moved up to the 50's, I have seen quite a bit
of that kind of racing, with and with out Jr. riders.
"It provides a
wonderful stepping stone into
endurance and also fills in the shorter
needs." I am not sure what fellow ridecamper wrote this
but some of the shorter distance riders need to race, just like every one else.
So let's not tell people how to ride with the exception of the rules already in
place. Why is it ok for 50 milers to run like a bat out of hell but not LD? (And
I am not really asking that question or looking to argue it, just trying to make
a point). Geez! Some people are such control freaks! THIS IS NOT
BURGER KING. YOU DON'T GET IT YOUR WAY, YOU TAKE IT MY WAY OR YOU DON'T GET THE
DAMN THING! That being said, the problem was the very, very poor
sportsmanship and the way it reflects on our young riders. Nothing can be done
unless it is reported at the time of the incident. Did anyone read the story in
EN about the man who had a protest filed against him because his horse died days
after a ride? Allegedly, he whipped the horse to make him finish, the horse fell
off the trail, took the horse to the hospital , and then the horse died.
The protest committee said there wasn't enough evidence to prove the owner did
anything wrong but ended with this thought. Riders complained that this
person whipped his horse at rides all the time and people saw it and never said
a word as far as reporting it. If someone had spoke up sooner, would the horse
still be alive? Speak up, before we end up with a whole generation of careless
(or couldn't care less) riders and dead horses. And yes, someone should have
notified the parents of the Jr. riders as well. Lisa Salas, The Odd
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