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Fwd: Re: [RC] managment and completion awards - sharp penny


 A completion award should be something to strive for and
tangible proof that on that day you and your horse did what
it took to complete that trail within all the perameters.
You darn sure don't see the OD, Tevis or Big Horn
completion buckles just given to whoever happens to show
up. These are coveted completion awards and rightly so. You
know anyone sporting one of these COMPLETED that trail to
AERC standards. Why should any other ride be different??

I'm all for offering something with the ride name or logo
FOR SALE to those that just want a momento of the ride or
give to their crew in appreciation. It's very easy to have
X amount of shirts, koozies, mugs, towels, keychains or
whatever printed with the ride logo and date then Y amount
made up exactly the same way but without the date. Then
sell those without the date on them to anyone who desires
some rememberance of the ride. these awards can keep
indefinatly to be sold or given to volenteers.


I applaud the concept of consolation prizes,
participation T-shirts, whatever--but is it going to take
protests from riders who DID conquer the course with
healthy horses and EARN completions to get RMs to quit
giving so-called "completion" awards to folks who didn't?


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