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Re: [RC] [RC] 100 Milers - Michelle Fink

"NATRC started out in the early days with ONLY Open rides (fast 30 - 35
miles in a day). Then it added Novice (slower & fewer miles) for beginners
and 4 year old horses. Then it dumbed down again to offer another class
(Competitive Pleasure) for those who didn't want to ride Open but were too
advanced for Novice. Why, we ask, don't people move up to the original
intent of the organization... Open rides???"

At least in my NATRC region, most of the CP riders have the talent and the
horse to compete in Open, but physically their bodies cannot take that much
trotting so they ride in CP (several ride gaited horses because posting is
not an option).  They get to compete, enjoy their well-conditioned horse,
ride a tough trail, and have a great day.  NATRC gets to keep some
experienced and excellent competitors/mentors in the sport by offering CP.
Insulting them by calling the class they ride in "dumbed down" is not fair
at all.

Happy trails -
Michelle
(Colorado)



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