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Re: [AERC-Members] [RC] LD response - Dr. Liz Faletti, DC

Dear Stagg,

Although I agree that volunteering can help a person learn more about
endurance riding, I would like to caution you about making it any type of
requirement before someone participates.  And this comes from personal
experience with our local dressage and combined training club.  Our club
requires its participants to volunteer at least two hours at at least one
show.  This doesn't seem like much, but it requires someone keeping track of
the hours and puts a burden on those who come a long ways and just want to
focus on competing.

For myself, I don't have many weekends that I can make into a three day
event, which is what it takes to get to the rides, volunteer or participate,
and get home. I think it easier to learn from those who are willing to
teach, and from the literature and this ridecamp.  Perhaps some day I'll
have all the time in the world to do more.

Sincerely,

Liz Faletti, DC
----- Original Message -----
From: "Stagg Newman" <staggandcheryl@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "C. Eyler" <eyler@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>; "AERC Members"
<AERCMembersForum@xxxxxxxxxxxx>; <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, July 25, 2003 3:28 PM
Subject: Re: [AERC-Members] [RC] LD response


Cindy,

Good idea to build on!  For starters we should at least
really encourage people to work rides before competing and
have a way of making it easy to match prospective riders
with volunteer positions where they can get the right
education.   Am going to talk about this w/ EC commitee
and see where we can go by buidling on this concept.


Stagg Newman

On Tue, 22 Jul 2003 12:24:45 -0400
  "C. Eyler" <eyler@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
AERC's tax status requires that education be an important
component of what we do.

I've just recently started competing, but I've been
working at endurance rides for a number of years.
Working as a recorder for the vets, reading Ridecamp,
and connecting with experienced endurance riders made it
possible for my gelding to finish our first LD ride with
an overall impression score of A-minus.  We finished way
back in the pack, and we had a few "issues" after his
lost his buddy at the mid-point, but my goal was to
complete with a happy, healthy horse -- and nothing beats
an A on gut sounds.

Has AERC ever considered requiring new competitors to
volunteer at one or two rides (preferably as a vet
recorder) before ever entering a competition?  The newbie
would see what can happen to an overridden horse
(hopefully not an actual crash, but the horse that just
needs to stop), and the vets are generally very willing
to answer questions and explain what they're doing to
anyone with a questioning mind.

With all the data that's now available online, would it
be too much of a nightmare to institute such a
requirement?

Cindy


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