Home Current News News Archive Shop/Advertise Ridecamp Classified Events Learn/AERC
Endurance.Net Home Ridecamp Archives
[Archives Index]   [Date Index]   [Thread Index]   [Author Index]   [Subject Index]

Re: [RC] Owhyee Detailed Results - rides2far@xxxxxxxx

It'd be AWESOME if AERC required results in this manner, but I 
understand from a ride manager's perspective that it might be a big >>>old 

I love studying numbers like this, but before you could read too much into AERC 
stats you'd really  need to understand who's racing and who's riding. This 
weekend we had a first time horse and a 2nd timer. When we'd come in off the 
trail there was an inch of mud on their bellies, between the hind legs, under 
the splint boots, etc. I knew that if we went straight to the vet it would be 
dried and twice as hard to get off when we got back and we were in *no* hurry. 
So they got a good cleaning and before I even bothered to take their pulses 
they were way down (OK, maybe not the first check when Cade was running in 
circles...he was 60 but that was excitement).

When I was checking through Nina Barnett made a joke about "took you long 
enough to get them down" and that's the first time I even thought about how it 
looked to have overe a 15 min. recovery time. When the vet saw they were 52 he 
never commented on how long it had taken us to come in.

I know at an FEI ride most are probably giving it all they've got to get 
through, but again I'll mention Biltmore one year when Karen Clark was racing 
extremely well but supposedly had substantially slower "recoveries" that were 
actually due to no crew help at all.

Tell you something I wish someone would do. When you've got the cards for top 
10, just copy, ALL the vet scores...what was the hydration score, gut sounds?, 
etc. That would give a really interesting picture. I'd love to sit down with 
each of the competitors and have them describe what they did between those two 
loops, what changed, etc. Next time I do an article and have them in my hands I 
think I'll make duplicates to ponder when I get home, and maybe at least go 
over the winner's card with them.


Ridecamp is a service of Endurance Net, http://www.endurance.net.
Information, Policy, Disclaimer: http://www.endurance.net/Ridecamp
Subscribe/Unsubscribe http://www.endurance.net/ridecamp/logon.asp

Ride Long and Ride Safe!!