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Frank's kind nomination, etc.

Cindy Collins
To Everyone:  How kind and flattering to be nominated by Frank, someone I
admire so much!  However, here's what i said to Frank:  "Bless you, dear
Frank, but I cannot accept a directorship right now...financially nor
mentally!  I was a director  and an officer, previously, and I really
burned out.  I need to save all my pennies to ride, not to go to meetings!
Love as always, CC"  On another thought, I understood what people were
saying about "OT" being for completing a ride and being over-time.  I've
been there, too.  BUT, what is appropriate to put down if you are at a
check prior to the finish, you pass the vet check, but neither you nor
ride management thinks you can complete the final leg in the time left!?
I'm not going to push a horse like that, so I chose to quit because I rode
too slowly  or misjudged the conditions, whatever.  There's  nothing wrong
with the horse and nothing wrong with the rider...what do you put down for
the reason for not completing?  Another example:  I had a friend who
pulled herself at the 25 mile point of a ride because her horse developed
a terrible girth sore...that's not metabolic and not lameness.   I was
just wishing we had more specific items since people are now using these
"reasons" to make decisions on horses' records, value, etc.  Interested in
everyone's comments.  Thanks!  Cindy  Collins, AERC #176

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