|Even in the shade~|
|Target & Farah|
|Target watching leaves floating down the creek~|
I feel blindsided & Very Disappointed in the AERC. Having the horse & rider records open to the public-at-large acts as a safety net for the horses & keeps riders accountable for the way they ride. There's always a learning curve for new riders, but over time - the system has sorted out the bad apples. Closing it down cheapens the values that the AERC has always said they subscribe to. Now - I can't even access my OWN ride record & received No notice that this change was going to occur so that I could print it for my reference. Since I've only been riding a couple of rides a season, it just wasn't cost effective to remain a member, though I do continue to support our local PNER. I hope the BOD change their minds & reconsider a very bad decision.
At least long-time members that I greatly respect, such as Becky Hart are against the change, which gives me some faith in human nature... Trying to become an elitist organization is not the way to attract new members...