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[RC] OD LD Results - paul

The Old Dominion 30 mile LD only had 2 finishers out of 43 entries who came in 
under the AERC time limits for 30 mile rides. One issue was that the Vets added 
an addiitonal 30 minute hold at the last minute in addition to the scheduled 45 
minute hold . So we had two holds in a 30 miile ride. This was done with the 
intent of protecting the horses welfare. (The additional hold, in my opinion, 
didn't help the horses, as we were trapped in the woods without any breeze as 
the temperatures and humidity continued to rise. But that is 20/20 hindsight) 

I believe the ride managers are asking the BOD for some kind of waiver of that 
time spent in the additional hold?  This would add about 15 additonal finishers 
to the list. (not me).  All I know is that this 30 mile ride was tougher than 
the 100 miles we did at the OD the next day and Tevis 100 last week. My horse 
had done a 35 mile LD in the Ozarks hills in 4:303:45 only three weeks prior. 
At the OD it took him 8:15 to go 30 miles. It was brutal.

Paul N. Sidio
Spokane Mo


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