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[RC] re: crewless riders - Cindy Collins

I graciously, but adamantly, disagree, Truman.  It is true that if you are 
permanently crewless and are not a self-sufficient type of person, then you 
certainly want to avoid rides where it is "difficult to ride crewless."  
However to say that everyone should avoid those rides just continues us down a 
sad path where the only rides left will be ones where horses are in box stalls, 
meals are catered, big prizes abound, trails are in loops with easy terrain and 
easy access, etc.  In other words, all of the things some of us hate about the 
evolution of the sport in recent years.  That is NOT to say that I don't enjoy 
those amenities when they come around.  It does mean that we would lose 
something very precious if that's what we require at all rides.  All of your 
other suggestions are excellent.  I am sure that you could ride Tevis or BH 
crewless, but many people could not  and would not (and those are two extremes 
in the sport as far as volunteers and expectations). However, I would never say 
we should avoid those rides.  We just need to plan accordingly when we attend 
rides that take a bit of self reliance and we need to keep our expectations in 
line with the realities of the terrain.

Truman said:
And finally - if the ride doesn't support crewless riders then that is the last 
time you should support that ride. Voting with your feet is a very good way to 
get your point across.


Cindy Collins

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