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2013 Round-up
    I need to vent some frustration. I generally pick one day to attend the round-up each year. That day would be the day they schedule the free-for-all class. That is my favorite. I was not happy to see that the other two classes that day, the distance class and a mini class hold no interest for me. I sat through the distance class and a watched a few minis hitch. Then headed out side to get lunch and kill some time. A couple hours later I headed back into the arena only to find that no minis had yet been eliminated. It was now nearly 5pm. No way that they would begin the FFA class at 6pm. Given there had to be 25-30 pair of minis I thought the FFA class might be delayed as much as two hours. Being a senior and having nearly a 2 hour drive home I made the decision to head home without seeing the one class I went there to see. I am extremely disappointed in those who run the EDHA and their decision making. I don't feel it is right for an "horsepulling" club to cater to an element that the club does not represent at the expense of those it does. I have made up mu mind that I will not attend another round-up until they fix their schedule of events. George

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 11:05 PM
I have followed the threads about the Round-up with interest. I have never been to the pull, and I don't claim to know how it should be run/scheduled. It is apparent that there is some animosity towards the mini horse class. My concern is this. Apparently there is no shortage of young horsepullers out east. In the Midwest (where we pull) there seems to be. In our area, I am one of the younger participants at 37 years old. This is of great concern to me. I do not feel as though the mini class is a "gimic" but actually a great way to get the next generation involved in this great sport. If we don't get them involved in this sport, in a few years we will not need to worry about when the class is scheduled because there won't be anyone to participate in them. I am personally looking forward to participating in some mini pulls next year with my 6 year old son. Hopefully he can get as much enjoyment and as many lasting friendships out of this sport as I have. Like I said, I am not saying when these classes should be scheduled/etc.. I am saying that I feel as though these classes are critical to the FUTURE of our sport. Thank You. Andy Wagner

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Friday, October 25, 2013 at 08:38 AM
Thoughtfully and well said. Russ Ahlquist, Washington state.

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