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Re: [RC] okay, another question - Barbara McCrary

Title: "There is always a well-known solution to every human problem--neat, plausible, and wrong
I see your logic, Truman, but it doesn't fly.  How do you think management of the Boston Marathon would take it if John Doe runner ran along with the Marathon on the same course on the same day.  Or how about someone riding along with the Kentucky Derby?  If it can't be nailed with a rule, then at least it is extremely tacky and unacceptable behavior.  As a ride manager, I would DQ the friends with whom the DQ'd rider was riding and I would raise the roof with the person who went back onto the trail with a horse that was DQ'd for bad behavior.  Imagine putting other riders at risk with this kind of behavior.  Why does AERC have to make or change rules for every person who can figure out some way to circumvent the intentions of the sport?  And people complain that rules have become too extensive and why don't we go back to the good old days when there were only 6 rules for an endurance ride.  Answer: Because someone comes along who thwarts the rules and intentions and makes it complicated, that's why.
Grump, grump....
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Sent: Monday, April 06, 2009 1:14 PM
Subject: Re: [RC] okay, another question

Kristen A Fisher wrote:
Yes, there is a rule against that:
L6. Completion requires meeting all of the following criteria:
k. Not having been paced or prompted by an un-entered, withdrawn, or otherwise unauthorized equine, vehicle or person other than another entrant.
But you would have to establish the rider was paced or prompted by the other riders not the mere fact that the person was riding with them. There is be a difference between riding with a group of trail riders say for a mile at an area like LBL with a lot of trail riders - even if you knew them - and being paced or prompted.

It's not the act of riding with someone - it's the act of being paced or prompted to gain a competitive advantage. If I remember correctly this rule came out of people whose crews were driving behind them in 100 mile rides at the end to prompt their horse to go on.



"There is always a well-known solution to every human problem--neat, plausible, and wrong." H. L. Mencken

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