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Re: [RC] LD changes - Barbara McCrary

An excellent post!  While I still respect the rule that "an endurance ride
is 50 miles or greater", I also see the merits of LD.  And who knows, I may
become one of the consistent LD riders as I get older.  It IS a lot easier
on the body :-)) Or maybe I'll do 50s and just ride slower, but I like
riding with my husband, and "slower" isn't a part of his vocabulary.  He
prefers steady and moderate. But HIS horse has a smoother trot than mine.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Scott Johnson" <scottj@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, April 04, 2004 9:50 PM
Subject: [RC] LD changes

I don't have any problems with LD's and expansion of these within AERC.
Though why would anyone drive for 4 hours, take off time on a Fri. ,
the entry fee and then be done so quickly?

Well, since you asked, I'll answer on behalf of myself and Team slow
Poke.  We do LDs because WE ENJOY IT!  Our lifestyles (ie family
obligations, full time jobs, etc) don't allow us to train to ride 50s.
We enjoy the WHOLE weekend- the drive, setting up Camp Slow Poke, the
getting ready, the lovely trails that we actually get to see because we
DON'T go fast, being with good friends for the weekend, mingling,
talking, hanging at the vet check, and of course, the partnership with
our horses.

I think that we do need to ENCOURAGE LD's.

I think I missed your "encouraging" part.

At the same time we can control it.  1) Ride Mangers could charge more
for the LDer's, giving them an incentive to do the 50 miler.

We already pay (without complaint) almost the same fees as the 50
milers.  I don't think raising the entry fees will do anything but make
some us mad as hornets.

Oh, and by the way, I DON'T WANT AN INCENTIVE TO DO THE 50 MILER, thank
you very much.  I (and probably more than you realize) am perfectly
content doing LDs.  Aside from our reasons (see above), other people
ride LDs because of physical limitations.  I won't go into the rest of
the reasons why people do LD, as it comes up every time the "LD
discussion" happens here on Ridecamp.

Is this all because of the LD BC issue?  In my opinion, some people are
going to race and/or override their horses no matter what,
unfortunately (be it LD or 50 miles), because they are irresponsible.
Please don't assume we're all in that group.

Dede Johnson
Team Slow Poke
"Proud to be LD"

Of course things aren't perfect,  perfect doesn't exist on this earth.
Doesn't mean we won't go on trying to get better at what we do. Besides,
everything was perfect today, what would you do tomorrow? Slamming each
other doesn't get anything done.
~  Dot Wiggins

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horse! The symbol of surging potency and power of movement, of action... 
~  DH Lawrence

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[RC] LD changes, Scott Johnson