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Re: [RC] FITS - Kathy Mayeda

I dunno - I never come home with a ride card even when I complete.
They definitely take them at the time of a pull.  The management
always keeps them out here in the West, and I haven't bothered asking
for them afterwards.

I find that there are so many variables with vet scores that I never
bothered to keep track of them.  There's a little bit of variation
between vets, there can be a lot of variation with terrain, difficulty
of ride, weather, horse having a good or bad day, etc.  I'm not much
for record-keeping anyway, but I imagine that keeping notes on your
pace, weather, terrain, where your horse was vetting lower than other
parameters, etc. and note those kind of issues are just as valuable as
keeping the vet scores.

It would be interesting to find out how many high mileage people
actually spend time recording these kind of details and actually keeps
their vet cards.  Someone speak up here!


On Tue, Mar 10, 2009 at 12:39 PM, Florida Endurance
<floridaendurance@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

What does it say when you put on a ride and the local riders dont attend? 
?Its not the trails as Goethe and Gator Run utilize the same trails. ?It is 
ride management, volunteers, not in the right click or a combination of all?

Volunteers are appreciated at any ride, however, at FITS, some are outright 
RUDE and tell all kinds of well lets just say it LIES. ?Case in point was 
FITS 2007. ?An away vet check was held at the Tidewater trail head in the 
Goethe State Forrest. ?When pit crew arrived, a volunteer yelled and got down 
right nasty with anyone that parked on the left side of the road stating "the 
Forrestry Department said you cant park there". ?This is untrue, three weeks 
prior not only did we park there, we camped there. ?Additionally, when I 
personally arrived, I was speaking with the ranger,who I ironically parked 
next to on the left hand side of the road and had a conversation with in 
regard to the differences in the two rides. ?Once he left, the volunteer 
jumped me about parking. ?Get it straight... if its a ride management 
request, say so, dont blame it on the Forrestry Department.

Additionally, AERC is always telling riders to keep good records, ride cards 
etc. ?However if you have ever attended FITS and pulled regardless of the 
reason (RO, L, M etc) you can not get your ride card back NOT EVEN AT THE END 
OF THE RIDE. ? The first year, FITS management stated that they were doing a 
research project and they would mail the forms back to the rider. ?Several 
years later, riders are still awaiting their cards.

This year, when the ride was complete, riders who were pulled were once again 
told they could not get their ride cards back. ?If this is for a research 
study, where is the release acknowledging the riders participation in the 
study (it has always been required before - even at the Biltmore for the 
study for the 96 Olympics).

Does it take formal protests thru AERC for riders to receive their cards?


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