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[RC] Sportsmanship - Deanna German

I would like to chime in and say that sportsmanship at a high level is what
makes ALL distance riding sports special.

At the CTR my friend and I put on over the weekend, we had an excellent
example of the level of sportsmanship to which we should all strive. I'm
sure that the rider would blush at any additional attention, but he really
did do a good thing that I wonder how many would have done, particularly
because he risked screwing up his own competition.

This rider was already at least 15 minutes out of camp on the second loop. I
don't know the details, but somehow he found out that the junior who was
dead last into camp lost his sponsor due to a pull. So this rider turned
around to pick the junior up. How cool is that?

And to make this endurance related, Jon Linderman rides endurance too.

How about some more stories of good sportsmanship?


Heidi Smith wrote:
...and when we got to the finish, she just swung her horse back behind mine,
and took the placing behind me without a word being spoken, in acknowledgement
of the fact that I had done HER a favor by not going off and leaving her on a
tired mare in the dark.? That's an example of?the kind of sportsmanship that
makes endurance riding special.

With all the talk of late?about overriding horses, treatments, and deaths,
isn't it nice to see folks who openly acknowledge their horses' relative
capabilities and who can ride together and sort that out without running
both?horses into the ground over it?? In view of the discussion regarding
people who override their horses, perhaps more folks should take a leaf off of
this situation and follow a good example, instead of chastizing the pair for
not racing.?

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