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FW: [RC] Regarding the Mongol Derby - K. Riordan - Terry Banister

Maybe the Mongol Derby could have Humm-Vees riding alongside passing out water, like they do in Dubai 100-milers. That way, if the horse has a problem, they could radio their coordinates for help. Actually, they could probably throw the little pony right into the Humm-V. What self-respecting "adventurer" needs to take advantage of untrained/unprepared ponies in order to bring glory to their "self" ?  It's all too pathetic.  

"May the Horse be with You"

> Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2009 17:11:34 -0700
> From: katswig@xxxxxxx
> Subject: [RC] Regarding the Mongol Derby - K. Riordan
> To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Kate Riordan said:
> > Here's what is predictably going to happen should this ride continue.
> >
> > Mongolian horses ridden that distance under these conditions will:
> >
> > Die of dehydration
> > Die of colic
> > Die of azoturia
> > Die of exhaustion
> > Become crippled
> > Founder
> > Sustain foot and lameness injuries that will lead to death
> And she knows this because this is what happens to horses that do Tevis?
> > Kate Riordan
> > Member, Board of Governors (1999 to present)
> > Western States Trail Foundation
> Personally, I think the Western States Trail Foundation should be very careful about the vitriole that they sling about with regards to the Mongol Derby as there are many people who will (and perhaps with some validity) say that it is rather like the pot calling the kettle black.  If Mongolian horses shouldn't be asked to go 25 miles, then American horses most definitely shouldn't be asked to go 100 miles...after all look at all the horrible things that can happen to them (and at Tevis, they also risk falling off a cliff...in the dark).
> I am disappointed that the WSTF seems to be allowing itself to be used as a pawn by the Long Riders Guild who appear to me to be a handful of indivuals who, like spoiled children, are throwing a trantrum because they were being ignored.
> And if Kate Riordan is not speaking for the WSTF, then they need to tell her to stop using their name in vain.
> kat
> Orange County, Calif.
> :)
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