ridecamp@endurance.net: Re: Oak Springs/refunds

Re: Oak Springs/refunds

C.M.Newell (reshan@deyr.ultranet.com)
Wed, 17 Dec 1997 11:19:27 -0500

I only recently resubscribed, so I seem to have come in in the middle of
this, but IMHO, if you are a no-show at a ride, you should eat the entry
fee. *Not* the ride management.
In more detail--*if* you notify ride management before closing date for
entries, or early enough that they can fill your spot from any waiting
list there may be, then you should be entitled to a refund minus an
administrative fee. If you don't notify them early enough, or if they don't
fill your spot, well, that's life.
This is SOP in the dressage world. (The other main group of fools who ride
in disgusting weather. But at least they don't do it for 50 miles...<G>)

Most rides are not big money making projects. They often run on a
shoestring, and some get cancelled if they don't fill. To give the
management advance notice that you *will* be there, so they go ahead and
plan to hold a ride, hire vets, a porta-john, order food, awards, etc. is
not fair. If you're not sure you're going to go, then you shouldn't
pre-enter. Take your chances on being able to post-enter on short notice.
Don't expect ride management to take the financial risk.
My two cents.
--CMNewell, DVM

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