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RE: [RC] Advice on being a successful ride manager - Ranelle Rubin


First off, you are on the right track for asking..kudos to you!

One thing I would appreciate is if the ride managers would stay a few minutes after the ride meeting to answer questions for anyone who has not attended that ride before. I agree that too much detail during the general meeting would bore the heck out of those who do the ride every year. If you announce at the beginning of the meeting that you will offer a Q &A time after for anyone who still has questions, it will also cut down on your interruptions during the meeting.

Having been on both sides of this issue, I think this would help greatly..


A well-marked trail-good idea to have someone check it frequently for vandals!
Adequate water for my horse
Crew bag arrives ahead of me to out checks
Enough P & R folks so we don't stand around too much!

A couple things that have impressed me:

..one really neat thing that happened at a ride I went to was the RM got in touch with a local winery who did a wine tasting during dinner! They had folks walking around with a bottle each of red and white...happy awards dinner!

At another ride, the RM was walking down the line to the vet with a bucket of carrots! I thought that was very cool!

Easily identifiable volunteers to hold your horse while you pee is nice too!

Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway. ~ John Wayne

Ranelle Rubin, Business Consultant
Independent Dynamite Distributor

530-885-3510 home office
916-718-2427 cellular
916-848-3662 fax

Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2008 16:38:48 -0700
From: jjwilken44@xxxxxxxxx
Subject: [RC] Advice on being a successful ride manager
To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

I have taken over the ride management position of the Grand Island Ride and I am asking riders for their opinions on what I can do to have a successful ride. I am very nervous I just want to make it a good first time. So please any advice would be a huge help! Thanx a bunch.

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[RC] Advice on being a successful ride manager, Jamie Wilken