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LECTURING THE GENTLEMEN RIDERS. •With the Called Hunts, hi th* tlalted States, ciah-HVoi ing to promote interest in the higher t.vpes ct rMccrdechasing and cross country hunter racing, it Is distinctly disappointing to find races of this type, so generously scheduled at Keiinings. practical and total failures, says Sports of the Times. •There was a time when the gentlemen riders of the metropolis, were acknowledged to hold their own against the average professional. The competition was very strong between them, and from that rath**, lull grown nursery came several of the prominent owners of today, their love for the good. manly sport enduring and flnumMng, past young manhood Into middle age. when riding became uiereh a pleasant reminiscence. It was with this state of things in mind that the various associations catered strongly to the gentlemen rider phase. much more generously he it italicized, than surroundings warranted as a business proposition. It was hoped the young men of means would secure horses, would enter, and would individually ride. Before the social crowd which always, without exception, loyally attends to witness these races. "Here, It was not supposed thai the mere winning was the only goal in night. There was the esprit de C*rp* which sheiihl make a well tilled held, a c..hm1 showing as much a matter of collective pride a* i he winning from meh a held should be a mailer of Individual personal pride. This spirit of good fellowship seems to have fallen by the wayside. Ii a man cannot win. or least think he c.in. he will iioi atari. He cares nothing for the object in iew . In brief, he is a tin siMiilsnian. of widely differing Bare to the riuhlly called genl lemati rider of a c.,u|de decades afca. apparently tkn high etaa* af sleepleehasing of the future may as well be left ta chame. It seems little use to try and train the young idea to shoot correctly, laier on. The nni- reraal ami earredlag aekaahn*** of tkn present day I is s.t iis brand on the modern gentleman rider, and it might be well for the various aSBOeiatioa* In grasp this fact without delay, ami replace the as eiely events with race* which will at least give an acceptable contest on a handicap basis, and not a series of 1-18, three horse, two stable, lields. made all the wore ridiculously coaspicnoa* by belag la color"