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Re: [RC] WEC: congratulations - Elizabeth Walker

I will second this.  I think all our folks did a fabulous job, and put out an incredible effort.   Well done!  Come home safely.

On Nov 9, 2008, at 7:09 PM, ronbarbara@xxxxxxxxxxx wrote:

Congratulations to the USA riders that completed and those who did their best and had bad luck on race day.  Julie Suhr has often said that being successful in the sport is 1/3 horse, 1/3 rider and 1/3 luck.    Anyone who has competed in 100 mile rides be at their "home course", across country, in adverse weather, etc. etc. and does not finish in spite of their best preparations well understands the toughness it takes to keep on competing.    Ask any Tevis rider who keeps trying, year after year, in spite of knowing the ride itself has a 50% +- completion rate.
Are those horses/riders who do not complete to be considered "losers" and "poor showings"?    While I appreciate Ginger Bill's right to express her opinion, I consider it somewhat of a kick in the teeth to a superb group of riders, volunteers, team staff and vets who spent immense time and effort to prepare for the event representing our Country, who have a long journey home.   Welcome home to all of you.
Barbara Sanches
EarthLink Revolves Around You.

[RC] WEC, ronbarbara@xxxxxxxxxxx