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Re: RC: Re: Re: Uh-Oh! The LD thing again

In a message dated 10/31/99 3:56:45 PM Pacific Standard Time, writes:

<< And telling someone they can't be a "true endurance rider"
 if they can't do a fifty or 100 is just plain mean spirited.  I think there
 is room for all distances in our sport and if we start putting up dividing
 lines, then this is not the sport I thought it was!  >>

Everyone out there is a "true endurance rider."  But only rides 50 miles and 
up are "true endurance rides."  Yes, there IS room in this sport for all 
distances--that's why we HAVE LD rides.  They may serve as a stepping stone 
into endurance rides, or they may be all that a particular rider can handle.  
It isn't any different than other sports, where there are Novice levels or 
Training levels--but they still don't call Training Level Dressage a Grand 
Prix, even if it is being performed by a "true dressage rider."  Believe me, 
my old, young, inexperienced, health-impaired, or just plain 
don't-wanna-do-50-today friends are "true endurance riders" whether they opt 
to (or can) ride "true endurance rides" or not. 


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