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Rides without managers
I'm regret to say that I found your reply rather flippant and
demeaning towards the hardships the managers endure to give us the
wonderful rides that we have. Often times the land used for the ride
is not available for the random rider that comes up, so to ride this
land is a special opportunity that we might otherwise not have. Even
so, without the managers, it's only a training ride, and not
endurance. Without the ride managers, there's no cutoff time, nothing
pushing you, no other horses to compete against. No points, nothing
really to strive for.
The spark that makes endurance what it is, does not exist without the
race factor, even for those who ride to finish. I've done 8-hour
training rides, and I've done 8-hour 50-mile endurance races complete
with managers and volunteers. I much prefer the endurance races.
Without the managers, it's just a training ride to me.
I'm sure as I manage my first ride this approaching season, I'll find
the truly unique point of view of the ride manager. But still, even
now, I know that they give us their all, they stay up for 48 hours in
a row (if not more), they put up with complaining and bitching and
moaning as we trample them while sniveling! I think they deserve a lot
more respect than they get.
Hail the managers!
AERC NW Region
Date: Sun, 18 Oct 1998 12:57:48 -0700
From: Softride <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: northwest ride cancellations
You don't have to have ride-managers to go out and ride endurance.
Most riders that have certain rides they like can find the trail as
well as the back of their hand. So just not having ride-managers
just means that you can go out and ride the ride FREE. : o)
Of course, if your riding for points and mileage, I guess that's out.
Or just add up all your mileage and keep track of it yourself. : o)
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