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Re: [RC] [RC] Jockeys (was Riding Cavalry) - Deanna German


I personally don't know of anyone who does 100's without designated crew

There are lots of us!  It was a special treat when riding FEI to have
crew!  More than I wanted really..........

By "designated crew" I meant that one extra person who sets out the
feedstuff, gets the e'lyte syringes ready, untacks and sponges (or blankets,
depending on the weather) the horse while the rider dashes for the potty or
a clothes change (and watches all inflows and outgoes to report to the
rider), and maybe trots out the horse so the rider can watch with the vet.
LOL! I wasn't talking about "crew" in the FEI sense. The 50 milers I know
all do without crew, although they never seem to turn down a helping hand or
someone who's willig to trot out their horse for them! (Especially after the
halfway.) The 100 milers I know usually have one helper person or they
kidnap someone else's crew for vet checks! >g< That's OK, as crew, I've been
known to beg space in a vehicle going to a trail pit stop for hay, water and
e'lytes.

BTW, for any aspiring crew people, crewing for a 50 and a 100 mile rider at
the same time works out pretty well. It keeps the single-person crew busy,
busy, busy, but rarely are the two horses in camp at the same time. It's
better than sitting around waiting for the 100 miler to come in.

DG


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