There is an interesting thread on Ridecamp with the idea of incorporating CTR's into AERC. Personally I like the concept because it gives the non-racers a platform to compete for the most well-managed horse. It is a fun venue and I love the "wild card" component that you don't know who won until all the scoring is done. It is actually kind of hard to ride a "time window" and the various areas you would be scored off on (at least on non-NATRC rides) have to do with the horse's condition. I like that. The AERC could easily embrace this concept without becoming a CTR organization. All it would require is a competitive pleasure division in LD. That way you'd have a venue for the racers which there are plenty of...and the rest of us who value riding at a sane pace and want to develop good trail horses while participating in LD. Those riders would be scored using an LD competitive pleasure score card. That would be an easy change to revitalize LD and draw in that component of rider who is not recognized for the care and good horsemanship shown with their horses, better known as turtle riders. It would be a fantastic place to start a new horse or rider for a few years before jumping into Endurance. It would bring in more ride $ for managers and more membership for the AERC. It would require a separate score card judging criteria, a bit later start time, and not much else. Same trail, same vet judge, same LD mileage credit. how easy it would be. This venue would also promote To Finish is to Win. Racers and point chasers could do what they do. Seems like a win/win.
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