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Endurance News -- August 2018

President's Letter
Vice President's Letter
Ride Managers' Forum
Classified Advertising

President's Letter: Summer roundup

by Paul Latiolais

As many of you likely are already aware, in late June the AERC website was attacked. To be more precise, the server where our website is currently hosted was a victim of ransomware.

From Wikipedia: "Ransomware is a type of malicious software from cryptovirology that threatens to publish the victim's data or perpetually block access to it unless a ransom is paid."

Our server administrator did not pay the ransom, as the perpetrators often do not provide the decryption key even if a ransom is paid. Unfortunately, the system backup was also affected. While it is a short-term inconvenience to us all, most of the information was recoverable.

Consequently, our website administrator, Mike Maul, has worked with the server administrator and the office staff to pain­stakingly piece together all the information to get the website back up. If you have the opportunity, please thank them.

Pacific Northwest Endurance Rides in the NW Region was also affected, as were several other websites hosted on the same server.

Last month's President's Letter was about improving international endurance, making the sport safer for horses. The article focused on Region 7 but please realize that the AERC board is committed to promoting the improvement of horse safety around the world, including in here in North America. In order to remain credible, AERC must renew its own efforts to ensure horse welfare at every ride sanctioned by AERC. We will be talking about that and other items at our midyear board meeting in Denver on August 4.

Toward the goal of ensuring horse welfare, please take care of your horses in what has historically been the hottest month of the year and is predicted to be a particularly hot and humid August. If a veterinarian or a friend tells you to slow down in the heat and/or humidity, please listen. Your horse's welfare -- and possibly its life -- is at stake.

Don't miss Stagg Newman's fine article on this very topic on page 18 in this EN. Now go out there and have some safe fun on your horse. I know that I will.

Vice President's Letter: The real scoop on the mysterious BOD

by Monica Chapman

Some members think being elected to the AERC Board of Directors is a popularity contest and others think it's a good old boys club (maybe in the past it was that way). Some members think anytime something happens in AERC they don't agree with the whole BOD needs to be replaced.

When AERC members become upset about the way BOD members conduct their personal life they want the BOD to somehow get rid of the BOD member they don't like. In reality, the BOD can do nothing about removing other BOD members due to the way a BOD members votes or for other minor issues.

How slowly the BOD moves is another complaint by the membership. The best comparison in how the BOD works is to compare it to the United States government -- except they get paid and we don't. There is a process for a new motion and it takes time getting committee approvals, sometimes feedback in Endurance News, and then finally getting to the BOD to vote. Term limits for BOD members are tossed around on a regular basis just like in our federal government.

I've seen a few posts on Facebook where some AERC members feel every single item that AERC changes receives a vote from the BOD for approval. To set the record straight, that is untrue. In some cases the AERC Executive Director and staff have leeway in changing policies to make processes flow better for AERC. They have a much better feel for office flow and what works and what doesn't.

Some members feel that every time AERC changes something the membership should get to vote. That would really slow things down and spend a lot of AERC's money. A general election can cost between $4,000 and $5,000.

There is one director election a year (directors-at-large in even years; regional directors in odd years) but some years there are no elections due to not enough members running to require balloting. In that case, the ones that are nominated automatically get the job.

If we held on to all policy and rule changes until elections, that would really stifle the process. What would be the point of electing AERC directors if all changes were voted on by the membership? The directors are elected by the membership to make decisions for AERC just like electing the President, Senators and Congressmen for the United States.

This fall, when you receive your ballot for director-at-large (if we get more than eight nominees), do a number of things before you vote. Research each candidate. Email or call them and ask specific questions. Please remember to give them plenty of time to respond. We all are busy competing and have a real personal life. If you don't get an answer from the candidate then maybe you should think really hard about voting for that person.

Another point: you don't have to vote for all eight members. You can vote for only the ones you feel confident about. If a person is running for re-election feel free to contact a sitting BOD member who you feel comfortable with and ask how productive a BOD member that person is.

If you realize you are fed up with the the direction AERC is going, ask yourself, "Should I run for Director-at-Large?"If you have time to give back to the organization, can think objectively, do what's best for the organization as a whole -- not just a few members -- and play well with others, please throw your hat in the ring.

The BOD is most efficient when all BOD members do not have one specific agenda but are more interested in getting their hands dirty and working as a team. Working as a team does not mean everyone has to agree on everything but can respectfully disagree and move on to the next subject without taking anything personally.

If you tend to have a sensitive personality the BOD may not be for you. That does not mean there are yelling matches or anything like that (I have heard it was that way in years past). It means that sometimes you may think you have a great idea, present it, and then find out it was a great idea in your region only but the rest of the region representatives think it's a waste of time.

Remember you can't complain about the process or who wins the election if you don't vote. AERC members have the power to remove BOD members by not voting them onto the BOD or by not re-electing them.

The Director-at-Large election for AERC is this year. Any full AERC member can run for Director-at-Large. One only needs to call the office and pay the $5 nomination fee to the AERC office by September 30, 2018.

There is also an easy online form for nominations:

Eight Directors-at-Large are elected for two-year terms, which will begin at next year's AERC convention.

Ride Managers' Forum: Help a ride manager!

by Connie Caudill

Ride managers often say that they put on rides to give back to the sport that they love but soon realize they can't manage the ride without a lot of help from friends, relatives, strangers and even from riders.

There are many jobs that need attention at endurance events. Have you wondered what you can do to assist a ride manager? Helping can be rewarding for both the ride manager as well as the volunteer.

If you want to give back to the sport, jump in and offer your services. Most ride managers welcome and appreciate any help they can find. Experience is not necessary; they can train you on the spot.

The most obvious help that most ride managers need are timers. There are in-timers and out-timers and also pulse timers in most of the rides. They also may need pulse takers that can use either a handheld heart monitor or a stethoscope. The timers and the pulse takers could also use help in writing the times and pulse on the rider card. The ride's control judges need scribes -- people to record the vets' notes on the rider cards. All these people will keep the flow of the riders moving through without backing up.

Volunteering for these positions can be a rewarding as well as an educational position. It also gives you an opportunity to get to know many of our veterinarians and riders (and their horses) on a personal level.

There are many other jobs that can help make the ride run better that are not as obvious. If you arrive at the ride a few days early you can often help the ride manager mark the trail. You can help set out water, set up the vet check area or tents, and so much more. On 100 mile rides you may want to offer to put up the glow sticks during the event. If you are making a run into town, ask if the ride manager needs anything like ice or drinks. Try to make their life a little easier if at all possible.

One of the jobs that can be a tough one for a ride manager is going back out the following few days to remove trail marking. I am always so grateful when someone volunteers to take some of them down for me.

Sometimes riders who have the misfortune of being pulled early in the ride will keep a great attitude and will make themselves available to the ride manager the rest of the day -- which is wonderful. When people offer their services to other riders as crew people this helps the ride run smoother also and makes riders have a good feeling toward that ride.

I was at a ride recently where a person who had ridden the previous day offered to crew for me during a 100 mile ride I was riding. Then a young rider offered to trot my horse out at every vet check and even for the best condition judging. I later found that she had been pulled earlier in the day but instead of just going off on her own she joined in to help other riders enjoy their day. What a blessing for a rider like me!

Riders who love riding 100s won't have much time to help the ride manager or other riders, but some of these riders have offered to purchase the chemical glow sticks that they need to mark the trail after dark. Offers like this just makes a ride manager smile and removes some of the burden off them.

Ride managers are the most appreciative people that you will find. Most of them are just grateful that you enter and support their ride. If ride managers had to pay for all the volunteers that it takes to make a ride run well, not many of them would be able to afford to put on rides.

Thank your ride managers in more ways than just words. Help whenever and wherever you possibly can.

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