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Re: [RC] LDs as Endurance - Joe Long

On Mon, 6 Dec 2004 08:21:35 EST, RDCARRIE@xxxxxxx wrote:

I don't think that wanting to keep the extra effort (on the part of the rider 
and equine) of 50+ mile rides separate from LDs is LD bashing...it's simply 
making the distinction that they ARE different, in many ways.  If we redefine 
the sport to call LDs "endurance," what's next?  Many rides are now starting 
offer shorter (12-15 mile) introductory rides.  In 10 or 15 years, are 
*those* riders going to demand that their rides be called endurance??

You can count on it.  Just like when weight divisions were introduced, we had
two weight divisions (Lightweight and Heavyweight).  Then we went to three,
adding Middleweight.  Then we went to four, adding Featherweight.  And today we
have people asking for an expansion to five (Superheavyweight)!

I'd like to see the AERC return to three weight divisions, I believe that worked
better than the four we have now ... but what do you think are the chances of
that happening?  If we ever make the mistake of redefining Endurance Rides as
rides of 25 miles, it will be very hard to go back.


Joe Long


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[RC] LDs as Endurance, RDCARRIE