CAMPING AND TRAILS ARE OPEN TO ALL RIDERS FROM FRIDAY to MONDAY! THE AERC RIDE IS ON SUNDAY MAY 28, 2017
.I DID IT! I managed an AERC Endurance Ride, from inception to completion. I’m not sure, but I think all ride managers should earn lots and lots of miles for doing this. It was arduous!
First, I would like to thank the 22 people who gave up their weekend to volunteer and help to run this ride. With each and every one of those people, this ride would not have happened. I have to say, I had the best team of volunteers in the universe. Especially my PULSE team. They kept horses moving in and out of the pulsing area all day with smooth easy teamwork. And the riders all loved the invention I came up with, which got them their pulse time and their out time all at the same time. (TIME, in endurance it is all about time!)
Secondly I would like to thank my vet team. And as I do that, I would like to give you (the reader) a little story about the things that can go wrong. Last fall, when I committed to doing this ride, I reached out to Dr. Nick and Dr. Art to be my line vets. They were excited to be part of this new ride and quickly agreed. I reached out to a friend of mine in NY who is a small practice Equine Vet. She has a partner so I thought she would be able to take a day off from her practice to work our ride as treatment vet. She was VERY excited because she’s wanted to really learn about this sport from the inside. GOOD DEAL! I have my vet team and it’s only November 2016.
Time passes (I’ll talk to you about the other things that went wrong in a minute) and three weeks before the ride date, my vet friend calls me in a panic. Her partner had to have emergency surgery because her stomach exploded. They had to remove part of her intestine and lower stomach. She is not going to be able to vet my ride as she needs to take care of her own practice.
OH NO NO NO NO
My ride is on a holiday weekend, we are three weeks away from the ride date, and how the heck am I going to find a replacement treatment vet. (At this time, I already have 65 entries so having a treatment vet on site is crucial)
I reached out many people and several vets. I was having absolutely zero luck finding a replacement treatment vet so I was ready to cancel the ride. With the intense assistance of Pam and Holly, we found a replacement.
OH MY GOSH.
However, throughout this trial of finding the replacement vet, Dr. Nick and Dr. Art both said that we had way too many entries to be handled by only two line vets.
WHAT?????? OH NOOOOOOOOO
So once again, I find myself, two weeks out from ride date, trying to find another line vet. Thankfully, Dr. Maureen was visiting relatives in NY and she agreed to take Sunday off to come run the line for the heaviest portion of the day.
Whew. The ride will go on and I won’t have to stop entries (which are now flying in my mailbox hot and heavy.)