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Re: [RC] Ride and Tie as an Olympic event - Barbara McCrary

Having seen and managed a lot of Ride & Tie races, I would say the average speed for the top teams is about 10 mph, maybe a little more, but not much.  Of course, that depends on the steepness of the terrain.  That's the average for our terrain around her.  And I have seen a lot of top runners who can't ride well.  If they could learn to ride well, they would be so much better off.  Lud and I used to do ride and tie, about 20 years ago.  Neither of us were good runners, but we could rest while riding the horse.  A top runner is wearing himself out in two ways....one from running, and the other from trying to ride a horse when he wasn't good at it.  His body was fighting the horse's movement all of the time.
I certainly could make an interesting Olympic sport.  One has to consider, however, that two top runners can nearly run a horse into the ground.  The horse has to be superbly conditioned and someone has to watch out for his welfare on the trail, as sometimes the runners are so tunnel-visioned that they don't see how the horse is doing at all.  The best competitors, of course, are top runners who are also excellent horsemen.
----- Original Message -----
From: Susan
Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2006 12:36 PM
Subject: [RC] Ride and Tie as an Olympic event

You bring up a very good point, Bruce.
In addition to your thoughts, the general public may also be more inclined to watch since the human is having to put forth some effort as well.  Most people don't understand how athletic riding can be...especially at the FEI level.  But, they understand how difficult cross country running can be.  They see the human working and the horse gets to rest.
Additionally, a 35-mile R&T could last an hour and a half or so?  That is a much easier time to cover via TV vs a 100-mile race over the course of even 7 hours.
We have to consider the public's perception.  They already think we're a bunch of loonies racing our horses around and killing them.  One could argue televising an endurance race would put those perceptions to rest.  Historically, we know that isn't true.  People will believe what the WANT to believe...no matter what the facts say.
I hadn't thought of R&T...but like the idea.

Susan [Young], The Princess of Pink
Semper Obliquo (Always aside)

Glenndale Grace Farm, Ft Gibson, Oklahoma U.S.A.

"Ride on! Rough-shod if need be, smooth-shod if that will do, but ride on! Ride on over all obstacles, and win the race!" - Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

[RC] Ride and Tie as an Olympic event, Susan