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[RC] Calvary Awards and the new Longstreet's Charge and Old Dominion - Stagg_Newman

In the last few weeks I have just completed two "new" old rides this year, both of which has Calvary Divisions.

So first a hearty thanks and kudos to Angie McGhee and her team who have reinstated Longstreet's Charge
after several years of absence from the ride calendar.   Angie and team did a great job
in managing this ride.  Now we again have a chance  to earn the "Ride 'Em Like you Stole 'Em T-shirts.
I highly recommend this ride for those who like the traditional tough endurance rides.

This last weekend Jayel Super and I just completed the new "Old Dominion" ride.
So hearty thanks and kudos go also go to the Old Dominion Club, and particularly
Gus Politos and Bob Walsh, who led the development of an entirely new, awesome
truly championship 100 mile course in the George Washington National Forest
on the Virginia/West Virginia border.  Joe Seldin and Nancy Smart and the entire
OD club did a great job of putting on the ride at the new base camp.   Put this ride
on your calendar for the future and earn your Old Dominion buckle.   Then you
will understand the T-shirts that say "It's hard to be humble when you have completed
the Old Dominion."  

Since Jayel Super had done well at the old OD ride, I will see if can convince him to provide
his analysis of the new trail in an email.  (he is not prompt with email)  I will say that
given the mud and slop created by the two thunderstorms during the ride, I believe the trail was at
least comparable in challenge to the old OD in similar weather.

Both of these rides had a Calvary Division.   I rode calvary in the 55 at Longstreet's on my
young horse Winston.  I really felt energized by the experience and focused on my horse.  
While I chose not to docalvary in the OD as my wife was committed to crewing for me, I really admire those
who do calvary for an entire 100.  My congratulations to Farzad Faryadi who won  the calvary award and finished 6th overall!

So my request to other ride managers is to consider offering a calvary division.  If enough ride
managers start offering calvary, then perhaps there can be an AERC year-end award!

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