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Re: [RC] Endurance rides and rising costs - rides2far

1) In the NW, we don't pre-register much but some of us RMs are 
starting to> get into it.  So if you pre-register, you get a nice
award.  If> you don't, you get a certificate unless there are extras.
3) Some pre-registrations give you up to a $35 discount for 
pre-registering.> It appeared that for some, that was the key, the
bigger discount 
seemed to> be an incentive.

I'm kinda torn about the pre-registering thing. If all that was involved
was a person wanting to show up it would be different. There's this
darned horse that keeps screwing up people's plans so even though they
sincerely *want* to come many have to back out. If I get 100
pre-registrations and only 60 show up I may have bought about $320 worth
of extra T-shirts. :-( 

This is the first time I have required pre-registration with a $15
deposit and it has had one very nice bonus. Since this is my first year
running the ride I was going to have to take family funds to get started
with but so far the deposits and those wonderful people who just go ahead
and pay their entire fee have kept enough money in the ride account that
it has stayed out of my bank account. Now, if one of those people who
paid their entry doesn't get to come you can bet I'm going to refund that
money, but I appreciate the loan. The big costs hit on ride day...vets,
porto-lets, AERC, SERA sanction fees, etc. But the deposits are good for
paying for photo-copying, stamps, marking materials....

I'll tell you one thing the high gas prices make me wish....that I could
ride my own ride!



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