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[RC] re: LDs as endurance, qualifications to move up - Cindy Collins

I'm sure I'll hate myself in the morning for stepping in this, but it just
kills me to hear people talking about qualifications to ride a 50 miler
(or any miler...).  Do you folks understand that many of us started with
100 milers?  I have taken a horse on their first endurance ride and it was
a 100.  That same horse won a national championship and several years
later top tenned Tevis with another owner.  Several of my horses did one
50 and then a 100.  I would not take one of my young horses on a 25 miler.
That's a personal preference only, but I should be allowed that.  I
happen to feel that a slow 50 miler is much better for their minds.  You
cannot legislate against stupidity.  How many horses out there started
their endurance career with Tevis?  I know that we are so divided on this
issue, but if we keep going down this path it will be back to a "show
ring" atmosphere that so many of us hate and the sport will split into
separate organizations and I truly don't want that.  Cindy


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