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[RC] Tevis Fairness - Bruce Weary

It has never really crossed my mind to consider focusing on fairness as a central concept when riding Tevis. Certainly, the ride has rules, a long history, a staff that
works very hard to put the ride on safely, and it's a pretty level playing field, all things considered. After all it's 100 miles over the Sierras. In the summer. Much of it at night.
On precipitous trails. With dust. And more dust. Did I mention the heat? And the rocks?
I think there are many reasons people ride Tevis. Mine were personal, and involved facing challenges, and old demons. If fairness were a grave concern for me, in the
same thrust as this discussion, I would insist that the WSTF not allow the unfair advantage of letting other riders take the trail carrying in excess of 100 fewer pounds
on their horses, compared to mine, over that 100 miles. I would give away a couple of minutes in a heartbeat, to weigh only 145 with tack. My horse would feel like Pegasus.
The truth is, I enjoy that extra challenge, and wouldn't want that playing field leveled. It's all part of the experience, and though I can't speak for all people who have ridden it,
I would venture that many folks like the inherent challenges, and the thrill of facing and overcoming them. It sure makes for some satisfaction and great stories afterward.
Sometimes improvements just aren't improvements. Bruce


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