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Re: BC and LD

My first ride awarded ribbons in order of BC scoring (using the same
scorecards that AERC uses) and I got a 6th place.  It was a good learning
experience for me as was the 3rd place I received at my 2nd LD (though I
finished 2nd and another horse ahead of me was pulled).  Some of the rides
only award finish placings according to the horse's time of when the pulse
came down.  I don't like that.   Doing BC judging is more helpful to horse
and rider and more conducive to educating a newbie for doing 50s (if that's
what they want to do).  I don't know how they can award Best anything just
by the vet's say so if there are points at stake with AERC.  There has to
be some kind of formula and if I am paying my money to ride in an AERC
sanctioned ride, 25, 50 or 100, I would expect that it would be used
accordingly to calculate points, miles, etc.  Even a 25!!
Maybe there needs to be more uniformity with the LD format.  I don't know
what the answer is.  I think our best bet is to communicate our concerns
with our elected AERC directors and also our ride managers and tell them
what we think.   

Maggie Mieske
Mieske's Silver Lining
McBain, Michigan

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