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Re: [RC] Trail Judges - Tracy Cann - Barbara McCrary

I missed a turn on a 50-mile ride three years ago, and found myself catching
up with Joyce Sousa and Gloria Vanderford.  They looked at me with some
curiosity as I pulled up alongside and passed the time of day.  They pulled
ahead and I continued on my merry way, completely oblivious.  Eventually, I
passed a man who was a gate guard, and in talking to him, I realized I had
missed a 1-hour vet check.  I suppose I should have turned back at that
point, but it was mostly uphill back to the check.  I continued on to the
finish line, where I was offered a trailer ride back to a certain point, but
I felt it had been a good day, it was the horse's first 50, and I decided to
leave it be.  I had a good laugh about the whole thing and left with the
lesson to be more observant next time.  Truth be told, at one point I was
riding with Julie Suhr and Jazon Wonders, but my eager horse pulled away
from them before we came to the junction where I should have turned, and the
flour markings at the junction had been scuffed away by all the other horses
ahead of me.  Julie and Jazon made it to the bet check, but I ended up at
the finish line, having cut off the one hour vet check and numerous miles.
I'll bet I don't do THAT again!

Barbara McCrary

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Sent: Saturday, April 24, 2004 1:36 PM
Subject: Re: [RC] Trail Judges - Tracy Cann



Most cases of riders being off course are inadvertant, and most times that
that happens, the riders are quite happy to get completion only, or to go
back out on course and do what they missed.

Heidi


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Riding alone is when you teach a horse all the "tools" and "cues" he needs
to handle the trail, to hold a speed, deal with hills, etc. It's also
where
you develop the "bond" that causes him to "defer" to you before losing his
cool.
~ Jim Holland

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In my experience (22 year worth) most endurance riders are great people who
will go out their way to help and be friendly.
~  Laura Hayes

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