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RE: [RC] 100 mile rides/humbled - Jerry & Susan Milam

I for sure have the utmost respect for Truman, Steph, Stagg, Angie and all
the other true 100 mile veterans in our sport. I really only have a handful
of rides to my credit with only 3 successful 50's under my belt but I can
certainly agree with the time factor Becky relates to here. I brought along
3 horses in the past 8 years I've been riding horses and only now have a
good enough base on my main horse of 5 years to not fret about him in a 50
mile ride. It takes lots and lots and lots; and did I say lots of training
base/time for a horse to successfully compete without injuries in this
sport. I care about longevity of my mounts as I believe we all do. To do
that safely, it takes LSD.

I have a family, a part time job, and what is left over is my training and
ride time. I know we all have the same problems unless someone out there is
independently wealthy. There maybe some, but not many.

This sport requires a lot of time. That is a very precious commodity indeed.

In His Hands,

Susan, Fly Bye & Dandy

"All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given you."
   -Gandalf the Grey from Lord of the Rings



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Sent: Monday, January 20, 2003 8:57 AM
To: tprevatt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx; ccollins@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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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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