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    [RC] Age Distribution for AERC Members and Riders Revised - Rides 2 Far

    > The girls trade horses for boys. College, work, lack of money. 
    > Repaying those student loans, buying houses, cars, having 
    > babies.Time to train.
    What? Nobody told me!  No mom kept saying something about that stuff but
    I thought she'd made it up.
    > What's more important is that we have a strong youth group then a big
    dip in  membership/riders from 18-30 years old.
    Personally, I don't think it's that they're competing...then they quit
    for a few years and come back. I think you have youth (family members)
    whose parents have brought them with them, and adults who just don't find
    endurance until they're close to 30.  
    Sounds stupid, but I really wanted to do endurance at age 17. Wrote a
    paper about it...but it was "far away". I did hear of one ride 2 hours
    away, but to me that was "far away". I had a truck & trailer, but horse
    shows are local...then when you get good you go far away. I guess I just
    thought you had to start local and move up.  When you do a graph that
    includes family membership I think it skews your stats. Those 5 year olds
    just don't join on individual memberships.  Can you do a graph of the
    average age of the first time, non-family member? (since you have nothing
    else to do with your time right? >eg<)
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