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[RC] Do words matter? - Karen Williams - Jonni

I do a lot of conditioning at a local park and when people see my strange
and colorful tack, they ask what kind of riding I do. I'm now in a quandry
as to what to tell them. I usually say "endurance" (which usually makes them
back off with looks of horror on their faces.) But now I'm confused. Am I an
LD rider? Am I an endurance rider? Does my most recent ride dictate my
status as a rider?<<<

I tell folks I do distance riding. I don't usually say "endurance". But,
then, I do both NATRC and AERC, so that covers both types of rides. If they
ask more about the sport, and are interested in information, I then can tell
them of the different sports, distances etc.  I never told the guy at the
feed store a few weeks ago how far our upcoming ride was going to be when he
asked about why we use beet pulp, and that we do distance riding. I know if
I had said 100 miles, he would have asked how many days will it take
us....and I was short on time to explain THAT much about the sport......



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