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[RC] New incentives - Bruce Weary

 Well said, Kim.
For those who would like to ride long distances at a leisurely pace and
get credit for those miles as they prepare for longer endurance rides,
many of the breed associations have trail riding/mileage programs. They
are basically an honor system whereby you document your riding miles at
home. They offer mileage awards for their breed. Granted, you aren't
doing an endurance ride, but it might offer a way to have your miles
tracked as you prepare for endurance rides.
On that note, I suggest riders who aspire to the 100 mile distance to
personally contact people like Kim Feuss and Stagg Newman, who have
developed conditioning and preparation methods that have brought them
much success in 100 mile rides. Both have written articles on the
subject in EN. They can probably give perspective that helps others to
judge whether they and their horse are truly ready to take on a 100
miler, or if you may be apt to fail due to insufficient preparation.
 There is a certain amount of legitimate suffering in this sport. It
adds to it's attraction, and enhances our feeling of achievement when we
do succeed. To keep moving in the direction of reducing the challenge so
that more people can reach a goal with less effort not only diminishes
the honor in truly enduring and excelling at a high level, it ultimately
cheats everyone of the growth and enjoyment derived from truly extending
oneself. Disappointment serves a purpose. It should drive us on to
better efforts and more innovation, and ultimately greater success. We
enjoy greater success by asking more of ourselves, not asking that the
finish line be moved a little closer.   Bruce Weary


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