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Re: [RC] changing membership - shifting attitudes? - Barbara McCrary

Susan Young Casey has expressed herself eloquently; she is right on target.
LD was designed for, and encompassed as a learning tool, a tool for
returning previously injured horses to competition or for allowing older or
handicapped folk to enjoy the ride and ambience.  It was NEVER designed for
racing or for giving awards.  AERC defines endurance as 50 miles or greater.
There is no getting around that definition, as it is part of the by-laws.
Why is there all this fussing about trying to make LD something it isn't nor
should not be?  If someone wants full credit, let them ride 50 miles or
greater.  If they can't or don't want to ride 50 miles or greater, let them
be happy that there is an option to ride at all.  I for one have heard
enough of all this flak.  Leave it alone and be content with what you have
and accept the definition of "endurance".

Barbara McCrary

----- Original Message -----
From: "Susan Young Casey" <glenn218@xxxxxxxxx>
To: "Truman Prevatt" <tprevatt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>; "ridecamp"
<ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2003 9:06 AM
Subject: Re: [RC] changing membership - shifting attitudes?


Granted, membership is growing.  However, there are
still more "experienced" members than new.  WHY should
we change the sport?

AERC has a mission statement.  We as riders are
responsible to see what AERC and the sport of
endurance riding is all about and govern our actions
accordingly.

They haven't shortened the length of a marathon race
and still call it a marathon, have they?

I don't think...or at least have severe
reservations...that making LD a "race" will enhance
our sport.  We've been here before and it was ugly.
Let's learn from our past and move forward.

Newbies, start with the LD if you wish.  That is a
good place to start and learn.  But, you won't
experience an endurance ride until you actually ride
one.  There is NO shame in riding LD.  However, after
just completing a tough 55 mile ride, I'd have been
rather bitter had the 25-mile completers been given
the same points or recognition that I received.

I do recognize that a team completing the tought
25-mile trail has every right to feel the same level
of accomplishment that I did on the 55-mile trail.
I'm happy and proud for everyone that finish the
course...even the "fun" riders (all 36 of them!).
However, the sport of endurance is 50 miles or longer.
 Recognize that and we'll all get along just fine.  No
bashing is EVER necessary!



=====
Susan Young Casey, Princess of Pink; secretary, RRRSA
Semper Obliquo (Always aside)

Glenndale Grace Farm, Ft Gibson, Oklahoma U.S.A.

"Ride on! Rough-shod if need be, smooth-shod if that will do, but ride on!
Ride on over all obstacles, and win the race!"         - Charles Dickens
(1812-1870)

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