RIDERS OF THE LOST DUCK
The Duck Family and their friends put these rides on because we enjoy the people and the good times that we all share together. As The Duck grows older, he has become less tolerant of stress and would like to spend his waning years associating with people of a like mind. The XP Rider oath is not a joke. We really don’t want to put up with any whining, complaining and sniveling. We welcome everyone to come and try one of our rides. Some will like them and want to come back and some will hate them. We have found over the years that a few bothersome individuals can make the lives of a ride manager so miserable that the RM decides to quit putting on the rides. Being of a mercenary nature, The Duck feels that if you don’t like something you aren’t charging enough. With this in mind, we have set the fees at a level that makes it worthwhile to let all but the most obnoxious riders enter. We also realize that the great majority of people cause us no problem and are a joy to be around, so we offer those people a discount. We would really prefer to see the AERC allow all ride managers to refuse entries on whatever basis they choose, but that is not the case, so we have set up the fees based on the reality of the real world that we must live in.
In the future, The Riders of the Lost Duck, also known as The XP Riders, will be divided into three classes. Gold Level members will be known as “Eagles” and will be accorded special privileges that will include deep discounts on ride fees and eligibility to compete for XP awards. Regular members will be referred to as “Goats” and will still be able to enter the rides, but will not be eligible for XP awards, nor will they receive any discounts. There is an even lower class, referred to as the “Asses”(Named for the Sicilian Donkey, not the crude vernacular for an anatomical body part), who will only be able to compete in our events by signing a detailed contract and posting a bond to cover any emotional damage to The Duck. The Eagle, Goat and Ass status will be determined on an individual basis by members of the XP Board of Directors, who are basically a rubber stamp for the KBD(Kind Benevolent Duck).
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
During the last few years it has become harder and harder to organize events and insure them. The XP Riders, also known as The Riders of the Lost Duck, hereafter referred to as the RLD, was formed in response to these needs. In the future all of the XP club events will require membership in the RLD before being allowed to participate. The club will remain a benevolent dictatorship under the direction of the Kind Benevolent Duck, hereafter referred to as the KBD. Annual membership is available to anyone who wants to ride or volunteer in a RLD event. The annual dues are the same as an entry to an event. Dues for volunteers may be waived at the discretion of the KBD. General membership has no voting rights but are entitled to enter in one ride per calendar year. The KBD and an advisory board are selected annually, from the previous years membership, by the current management of XP Rides L.L.C.
THE RIDER OATH
I will not gripe, bellyache or complain about anything pertaining to an XP Ride because I realize that this is a low budget affair and that the management does not care if I have a problem. I realize and agree that anyone who would ride an endurance ride led by a Duck has to be crazy and would not have a worthwhile opinion anyway. I am here to have a good time and if I find that I am not having a good time I agree to pack up my things and go away, leaving the other riders and the management happy in their ignorance.
RELEASE OF LIABILITY
UPON ACCEPTANCE OF MY APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I ASSUME FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR MY SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF MY HORSE. I FURTHER UNDERSTAND THAT I RIDE AT MY OWN RISK AND I AGREE TO HOLD THE XP ENDURANCE RIDE MANAGEMENT, XP RIDES LLC, OR THEIR HEIRS, ASSIGNS, AND SUCCESSORS, ETC. INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND ANY PRIVATE LANDOWNERS HARMLESS FROM ANY AND ALL CLAIMS WHICH MAY ARISE FROM INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE ARISING FROM ANY CASE WHATSOEVER IN THIS ENTIRE EVENT, IN FAVOR OF MYSELF, MY HEIRS, REPRESENTATIVES, OR DEPENDENTS. I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT I FULLY UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE SUBSTANTIAL RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH ACTIVITIES INVOLVING HORSES AND WITH ENDURANCE RIDING, AND I HEREBY FREELY ASSUME ALL RISKS THAT I MAY SUFFER, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO PERSONAL INJURY AND PROPERTY DAMAGE INCLUDING DAMAGE TO MY HORSE, BY PARTICIPATING IN THE EVENT.
I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THIS LIABILITY RELEASE.