03-09-2013, 06:09 PM
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This is why I never got very interested in ACTHA. Why trailer my horses 5 hours away to a ride and only ride for an hour. When I competed I found NATRC to be more interesting because you rode for 50 miles over two days. Seemed to make the effort of going to a competition worth it.
I sponsored a NATRC ride for several years. We had lots of things in the evening. Usually put on a dinner for those who didn't want to cook after all day in the saddle. Along with dinner we would usually find some entertainment. A Cowboy Poet, somebody who play a little music. We also usually went over what tomorrows ride would look like, Review the trail map, Maybe even a few comments from the judges as to what they saw on the Saturday ride. At the rides we had one smaller group of folks who actually set up a inflatable hot tub and would fill it with water and you see that group soaking in hot water drinking their favorite beer into the late hours.
Personally, Dinner and the Poet was usually enough for me. After ridding 25 miles that day, and knowing that I needed to be in that saddle again at 7am the next morning and probably having a 5 hour drive home that next night after riding all day, I wanted the sleep.