Wednesday, May 15, 2013

No Room for Snobbery - Full Article

As a ride manager I am often asked many questions about the Shine and Shine Endurance Rides. How hard is the trail, how is it marked, who are the vets? Recently, though, I received a question that made me sad. A potential entrant asked if we were nice to LD riders. She wanted to bring her granddaughter for her first endurance ride and wanted to make sure the granddaughter would be treated nicely. The grandmother had been to some other rides where she felt the LD riders were looked down on, sneered at and made to feel unwelcome, as though they were not “real distance riders”.

At most endurance rides these days, LD riders make up half the total number of riders...

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