noun: race; plural noun: races
a competition between runners, horses, vehicles, boats, etc., to see which is the fastest in covering a set course.
verb: ride; 3rd person present: rides; past tense: rode; past participle: ridden; gerund or present participle: riding; suffix: -ridden
- 1.sit on and control the movement of (an animal, especially a horse), typically as a recreation or sport."Diana went to watch him ride his horse"
noun: ride; plural noun: rides; noun: ride cymbal; plural noun: ride cymbals
a journey made on horseback, on a bicycle or motorcycle, or in a vehicle.
"did you enjoy your ride?"
a. To be carried or conveyed, as in a vehicle or on horseback.
It really is not difficult to define what endurance riding "is". By the sport's very definition it is a RACE. That is what a timed event is.
You are either racing the other competitors for placement.
You are racing the clock to complete.
But either way...it is a RACE. So even if you are in it for the RIDE you still are on the clock at an AERC event, so it is a RACE.
Some race fast, some race slow...but in some regard, everyone who signs up is in the race. Why do we worry about the silliness of vernacular? That is the $50 question? ☺ We take ourselves way to seriously.