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Re: [RC] Endurance News cover photos - Joe Long

On Sat, 12 Aug 2006 13:15:47 -0600, "Bob Morris" <bobmorris@xxxxxxxx>

Rob and Annabelle:

You posted " We all agree the they are the future of the
sport "

We all have heard that refrain for many years. I have been
hearing it for over 25 of those years and have yet to see it

The AERC has done many questionnaires and, as always, the
results come out that belie such a belief. 

While it is a very good thing to have our juniors
participating, it is not a very good thing to expect the
future of the AERC to hinge on these riders. 

Yes, there are a few that can be noted as moving up through
the ranks, so to speak, but the future of endurance riding
based in the junior program? Sadly it does not hold up.

Bob Morris

Bob, it's become a kind of "Urban Legend" (or in this case, "Rural
Legend?").  Even though our research has shown that most people begin
distance riding in their 30's or 40's, and only a small percentage of
adult distance riders started as Juniors.

I think the Junior program is wonderful, and I love to sponsor Juniors
-- but they are not "the future of our sport."  If that was true we
would be in DEEP trouble.

Joe Long


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[RC] Endurance News cover photos, Rob Losey
RE: [RC] Endurance News cover photos, Bob Morris