It is always interesting to read the differing viewpoints being bounced around. I'm not sure I agree with the angst over a total miles column that would lump your Endurance Miles with your LD miles. It would not effect awards given, but give the rider a sense of accomplishment that the monetary outlay and time at least means something. Especially to those riders who ride ONLY FOR THE MILES. There are more of those than the folks chasing points.
You have to wonder...what would happen if all those unworthy LD riders insisted on a ride format of their very own, where LD only supported LD rides. Where LD rides were stand alone rides, unfettered with the longer distance. How important IS THAT LD REVENUE to the survival of the AERC's bottom line. Pretty important I bet.
Do I agree that the longer distances are a different degree of difficulty? OH YEAH. Every added 5-10 miles torques the difficulty I'm sure. But nobody is proposing awards for those combined miles, just giving the horse credit for the work already done. One more column in the data base for total combined miles, an intrinsic recognition of the horse's achievement. After all it is the horse that does the miles (except for the runners who get off and run along on foot in such events as Tevis). Give the horse the credit.
If nothing at all happens with thinking Outside the Box, at least there is leadership within the AERC that has an open mind to change, change that many will be afraid of. It is reminiscent of the hoof boot discussions times past, those evil unfair advantageous protect the pastern hoof boots (which have pretty much nothing to do with this discussion) *wink*. ~E.G.
Discipline: LD/Endurance, CMO, Trail Rider, Cartoonist, Writer, Co-Director/ Green Bean Endurance
Favorite Links for training, gear, and memberships!
- National Association of Competitive Mounted Orienteering
- HOW TO CMO
- What is CMO?
- Old Dominion Endurance Rides
- Renegade Hoof Boots
- Riding vs. Racing a discussion with the Duck.
- Trumbull Mountain's INTRO TO ENDURANCE RIDING
- Principles of Conditioning
- Conditioning the endurance horse by SERA
- Short Article: Feeding & Training the Endurance Horse
- Feeding the Endurance Horse, Swedish Author
- Preventing Dehydration In the Endurance Horse, Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association
- Jim Holland's fantastic training links here!
- South Eastern Distance Rider's Association