Re: [RC] Finish Line question for LD Riders - Joe Long
On Wed, 18 Dec 2002 16:30:10 -0800, "Steph Teeter"
>The original rationale for the proposed change was to find a way to allow LD
>competitors 6 hours to complete the event, but not disqualify riders that
>finished the physical course in 6 hours, and took an additional amount of
>time to reach pulse criteria. This change would enable that since their ride
>time is calculated based upon when they cross the finish line, not when the
>pulse criteria is met. If the BC forms for LD were also changed, to specifiy
>that the pulse time was to be used, not the ride time, would it then be an
>acceptable (or desirable) rule change?
It seems to me to violate the "KISS" concept (Keep It Simple,
Stupid!). And to be completely unnecessary. Six hours, including vet
checks, is PLENTY of time for a horse to go 25 miles AND RECOVER. In
fact, if a horse that takes close to the full time comes in over 60
and doesn't drop immediately, I'd say that there is something wrong.
Either the horse was grossly unfit, is sick, or the rider walked all
day and then galloped in the last five miles.
Don't forget that it is much easier for a horse to go 25 miles in six
hours than to go 50 miles in 12 hours (which is easier than going 100
miles in 24 hours).
IMO such a rule change would be a change in the wrong direction.
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