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Re: [RC] 100 mile rides/humbled - Barbara McCrary

I think you've hit a nail on the head!  When my husband was conditioning
seriously, back 30 years ago, he would ride to work, 5 miles away, put up
his horse for the day, then ride home via a longer route, thereby doing
about 18 miles.  He did this twice a week, plus 25-30 on the weekend.  He
spends more time working on the ranch on weekends now, and has no
aspirations for competing seriously....mostly for fun, and only 50 milers or
multi-days rides.  We did not ride last year at all, but he's bringing a
horse back from a snakebite, and I'm bringing along a 6 year old, so maybe
we'll be out there on a couple of rides this year.  Right now, with the
economy as it is, I believe people have to work harder, longer, to keep
their heads above the financial waters.  The price of hay has not fallen
with the economy!

Barbara McCrary

----- Original Message -----
From: <Cowgirgoof@xxxxxxx>
To: <tprevatt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>; <ccollins@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, January 20, 2003 6:56 AM
Subject: Re: [RC] 100 mile rides/humbled


In a message dated 1/20/03 9:35:26 AM Eastern Standard Time,
tprevatt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx writes:

<< The question to ask yourself is why. Some claim it is multiday rides.
 However, while that may be a contributor to the decline in 100 mile
 rides, there has been no significant growth in multiday rides in the
 east. In fact there are very few (Shore to Shore, Ft. Valley and for a

Truman,
Not to take this as any kind of slight, (because I respect the heck out of
you), but maybe you can be the first to answer your own question for us. I
haven't seen you on a 100 in a long while...
We have seen the same decline in the 3-day CTR 100's, and we ask the same
question.
If I had to answer that question for myself, I think in this fast paced
world
it has more to do with being too busy than anything else. We are all
caught
up in jobs, family, (which we should!), being online, and generally just
running around like crazy. I think people either don't have time or the
inclination for the commitment these days. It takes ALOT of effort to get
ready for a 100, and most people just want to enjoy a quick weekend of
socializing , riding and getting out of there in two days.
As for me, I personally aspire to ride 100's, but what with managing three
events a season in Florida, starting a young horse and trying to condition
the older one, (plus a full time job and a husband), I don't see it
happening
anytime soon. (although I did find the time to ride the VA 3-day CTR 100
last
year!)
Does anyone out there agree with me that this may be the main reasoning
behind the decline of 100's???

Becky Siler in Florida

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