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Re: [RC] CTRs a thumbs down....I think - Carolyn Burgess

Sara was scribing at an ECTRA ride, I rode that same
ride and got to listen to her crab, crab, crab about
the vetting (Sara knows I love her so I can say this
about her :-), the nit picking and the time necessary
to vet both in and out.  But what she doesn't know is
that ECTRA only scores the horse, not the rider!  From
what I understand some organization score like a
judged pleasure ride, so equitation, tack, and rider
are also part of the scoring.

Carolyn Burgess

--- Chris Paus <paus@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Where are you geographically, Sarah. Was this a
NATRC ride?
 
There are lots of varieties of CTR, depending on the
sanctioning organization. Some are not very picky at
all!
 
chris

Brian & Sara Minsk <ninemaplefarm@xxxxxxx> wrote:
OK. Volunteered for my first CTR this weekend. I had
volunteered at two 
endurance rides already. I'm a newbie that hasn't
competed yet and have 
found that scribing has been a VERY educational
experience for me!

Well, the ride manager, judge, vet, other
volunteers, and riders were 
all FANTASTIC!!!! A super nice group of people that
I was glad to get 
a chance to meet!

But..........

I don't think CTRs are for me. The majority of posts
I received to a 
previous inquiry about CTRs Verse Endurance LD
seemed to favor me doing 
CTRs to start. Well, no thank you!!! I mean no
offense when I say that 
I just don't think CTRs are for me. I show already
and have enough nit 
picking, subjectivity, thank you very much! LOL

It was a LOOOOOOOOOONG day! It seemed to take
forever to go over all of 
the little cuts, bumps, no hair patches, etc!!! My
hand started to 
cramp at one point! I had so many bump marks on one
sheet that the 
horse (morgan) looked like an Appaloosa when I was
done!!! Plus, not to 
mention ALL of the trot outs with circles. Gees!!!

A very interesting thing was noted too. Almost 98%
of the Arabians had 
small (miniscule) heat bumps while the cold blooded,
thicker skinned 
breeds were clean. Well, all the morgan, draft
cross, appaloosa types 
just shone in the final exam due to their thicker
skin!! Most of the 
top horses were not Arabians and the winner was a
draft cross! I saw a 
lot of very thick horses (muscular) with very trappy
knee action just 
clean up!! I am thinking that they might have a hard
time competing 
over more ground and at a faster pace. But, who
knows! The horses that 
were dull to start and trotted crappy with their
ears pinned back the 
whole time placed well too because they were still
dull, trotting 
crappy, and with their ears pinned back at the end
too!! Judging 
comment...No change!!!!!! *grin*

Now, after having volunteered at both, I think I am
definitely leaning 
toward Endurance!! As I said, I get enough
subjectivity and nit picking 
with showing!

Everyone says that I will learn good horsemanship by
doing CTRs. Well, 
guess what!! I have good horsemanship now (thanks
4-H!!) so that 
argument is lame!!! I don't need to learn good
horsemanship! I think 
I'm ok there!!! Believe it or not but people can
acquire good 
horsemanship through other ways than riding CTRs
(gasp)!!!!!! *grin*

Plus, as I found out, if you ride a barefoot but
booted horse (which I 
do) only one kind of boots are allowed.....easyboots
without gaiters. 
Bummer. Those fall off so I use epics. Now what??

I just found the whole process so tedious that I was
exhausted at the 
end of the day and I wasn't even riding!! Can you
say Caffeine, 
please!!! :-)

I am in know way knocking the people that do CTRs. I
think to each 
their own. I know that I am definitely leaning
toward endurance. The 
riders and horses all seemed happy. Everyone had a
great time! 
However, personally, I think I'll take endurance
anyday!

Happy riding,

Sara



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