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[RC] Rider Cards - thmeyer


Here in Minnesota, and I believe most of UMECRA land, the ride manager keeps the card. As pointed out by someone, it's handy to have to double check in and out times, and perhaps information if there are dicrepancies after a ride. We run multiple events at UMECRA rides, competitives and multi-days, so there are a few balls in the air. The Ride manager is often the same as the ride secretary, so I like the confidence of being able to double check everything off the ride card when I do my paperwork on Monday or Tuesday after the ride.

Plus we also have very few campgrounds with electricity, nice shelters and other amenties. I run a ride out of Sand Dunes State Forest in the spring with llittle vegetation in a relatively new horse camp without electric and even though a computer battery would last all weekend, there'd be no way I'd bring a laptop in that environment. There's sand everywhere on a windy day!

I had a similar discussion with one of my riders two years ago, and told her, I'd be happy to mail her a copy of her ride card after the ride, if she'd provide me either with her pre-entry or entry at ride campsite with a self-addressed stamped envelope to get it back to her.

As for the argument, that the ride card is the property of the rider. I as ride manager provide the ride card to the rider. They don't ever bring me a ride card from their files with everything filled in - and all I have to do is give them a number - this has never happened. Also, they wouldn't need a ride card, if I didn't put on a ride. I as ride manager, provide them the ride card upon proper entry, and it is one of the tools used to see that they compete my ride (that I put on) safely and within the rules of the organization.

Theresa in MN

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