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Re: Re: [DR] Re: QUALIFICATION THOUGHTS
I've come to believe that AERC should have only one national champion,
regardless of weight division. While having top 5 or whatever in each
weight division gives more people more prizes, I, and many others, have come
to realize we simply don't remember who was a champion in what division, in
which year. When we had only one national champion, I can still remember
the winner of that particular year. I feel that giving national
championships to so many riders diminishes the importance of the award.
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Sent: Friday, February 08, 2002 8:51 AM
Subject: RC: Re: [DR] Re: QUALIFICATION THOUGHTS
> I really don't want to get too philosophical here, but it seems to me that
> (the AERC) have really focused on being extremely 'inclusive' when it
> to recognizing who is FIRST in BC, Miles, Regional Awards, Husband and
> Family and so forth.
> It seems we have created a membership who has (needs) to be
> recognized/awarded for their efforts...even if the playing field can never
> level, the chest-thumping and territoriality seems to continue.
> When it comes to a NATIONAL CHAMPION, perhaps there SHOULD be only
> one...irrespective of weight division, miles ridden, breed ridden, color
> riding attire, etc.
> Just put out the word...."The National Champion will be the winner of
> such and such Hundred Miler at such and such a given date".
> If you don't win, you don't win.
> No bitching, no complaining.
> If you think you have the best horse, and you can best the other
> on that horse, show up and do it.
> If you don't show up, don't complain about, "I don't have the money,
> time, the truck, the trailer, the clothes, the number of miles, I weight
> much, my horse weighs too much, the vet weighs too much", and so forth.
> The very nature of a NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP is to EXCLUDE all but ONE
> HORSE AND RIDER TEAM from THAT title.
> That's why you ride the ride, race the race, make the effort.
> And all the bellyaching and crybaby stuff would just STOP.
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