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Re: RC: Pre-registration fee.

How many attendees at your rides?  How much do you pay your vets?  Do 
you give nice completion, top ten, weight divisions, BC to both 
distances, first place 50 awards?

We pay minimum $350 for our vets, and have at least 3.

That's nice that you have a regional organization that helps out the 
ride managers.  In our region, there is only one ride that's put on 
by a group.  I am personally acquainted with ride managers who have 
lost money, though they're of the attitude (as am I) that they are 
throwing a big party for all their friends (who are nutty enough to 
do what we do).

I respect your experience, Louise, but respectfully differ.  One of 
the things that preregistration offers is that riders *never* wait in 
line...and there's always enough food for horses and humans. 
Personally, it's worth it to me to not have overflowing potties and 
vet lines.


At 9:41 AM -0500 2/7/01, wrote:
>In regard to the recent discussion about pre-entry fees:  I am in the process
>of putting together a booklet containing flyers for all of the 52 UMECRA
>rides (primarily in Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota). NOT ONE of
>these rides require payment with  pre-registrations. Nine of them charge a
>fee of $5 for registrations received after a cut-off date; four  deduct $5
>from the announced fee for pre-registration.
>Several announce that pre-registrations are entered in a drawing for a prize.
>At rides held on publicly owned property there are usually additional camping
>fees.  There is only one ride that provides a  "banquet"--most of the rest
>have a potluck on Saturday evening with ride management furnishing the main
>dish. Entry fees usually average slightly over $1.00 per mile.
>      I haven't heard of any ride managers personally losing money. (They
>certainly wouldn't continue to put on rides year after year if they did). A
>number of the rides are sponsored by breed organizations which cover any
>losses and keep any profit.  And UMECRA furnishes all the necessary forms.
>      Gene and Shelley Dake have ridden mostly UMECRA rides for a number of
>years--it's understandable that being assessed non-refundable registration
>fees is a culture shock. And yes, they did put on a number of rides in
>Missouri a few years back. 
>      Y'all (and I'm sure not southern) come to the Midwest and do some great
>rides without a lot of red tape. Louise
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