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        06-11-2009, 08:57 AM
      #11
    Super Moderator
    Of course... there are some people that have been in this "business" for about a million years that have never shown or competed, hold no degrees or accomplishments, but have far more skills and knowledge then a room full of people... yet, typed out on paper to those skillsets may look like backyard owners.... How will you handle that?
         
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        06-11-2009, 09:10 AM
      #12
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by farmpony84    
    of course... there are some people that have been in this "business" for about a million years that have never shown or competed, hold no degrees or accomplishments, but have far more skills and knowledge then a room full of people... yet, typed out on paper to those skillsets may look like backyard owners.... How will you handle that?
    That's what I was wondering to..which is why I suggested adding vetting/breeding to the list...There are a lot of people here that have a wealth of knowledge like you said but are looked down on as if they were backyard owners/breeders because they don't possess trophies or ribbons & don't compete or want to.
         
        06-11-2009, 09:19 AM
      #13
    Yearling
    Just wanted to say this is a really good idea! The "Find a Mentor" thread =} I could use this =D The mods should definitely sticky it.
         
        06-11-2009, 01:00 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Sure, I'll go. Not sure how useful my bank of knowledge will be to anyone but I do things a little differently (I think) so maybe I can help:

    GypsyTally921

    Age: 24

    Western riding: 12 years
    Horse Owner: 7 years
    Disciplines I have dabbled in:
    -Western Pleasure
    -Trail
    -Barrel Racing
    -Reining
    -Dressage (only western saddle though, I use it as exercises for my western horses)
    -Very limited jumping

    My "resume"/ bank of knowledge:
    -Former educator, husbandry assistant, and then penguin keeper at Sea World, I learned a lot about positive reinforcement there. I have applied these techniques to training my horses in both riding and trick training.

    -Beginning lesson instructor for 6 years.

    My specific, useful experience:
    Health:
    -Injuries and unsoundness of the leg and hoof
    -Detecting lameness in horses and source
    -Colic-- detection, treatment, prevention
    -Basic first aid
    -General diagnostics
    Training:
    -Positive reinforcement-driven with emphasis on a no-pressure environment to build trust.
    -Horse rehabilitation from lameness
    -Finishing my younger mare, who was kept in a barn for the first five years of her life, and while being broke threw everyone who got on her, all of whom proceeded to get mad at her, so she'd only had bad experiences with people.
    -Patience. I'm not a big fan of the 30-60-90 day mindset of training.
    -I'm also not a big fan of owners not learning how to work with their horses themselves. When I train other people's horses, I work with them to teach them how to train their horse, not do all the work for them. I find this method much more effective than "fixing" someone's horse and handing it back without "fixing" the person, too.
    -General assorted other knowledge of breeds, tack (mostly western, but I know some English too) and various disciplines.
         
        06-11-2009, 02:08 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    I have no idea if I'm doing this right!

    Username: eventerdrew
    Age:16
    Disciplines: Hunter, Jumper, Eventing, Western Pleasure, Halter
    Length of time (in order of disciplines listed above): 8 years, 9 years, 6 years, 4 years, 4 years
    Level: Hunter: 3 foot, Jumper: 3 foot 6 in, Eventing: Training level
    Affiliated with: USEA and USEF

    I know alot about eventing although I do not claim to be an expert. I have trained with Buck Davidson, Phillip Dutton, Moray Nicholson, Michael Beining, and Mary Grantham-Cook. I showed western pleasure and halter for 4 years but I haven't done it since I was 10 :) I have been competing in Hunters and Jumpers as long as I have been eventing to get more experience for me and my horses. I have competed on a local, state, and regional level and have qualified to compete at the national level (American Eventing Championships) two years in a row but my horse at the time sustained a deep flexor tendon injury and could not compete.

    I have experience with rehabbing horses from serious injuries and bringing them back into work. I have also worked with rescue horses and have rescued one from a "rescue" that was running a scam and he is now a happy and healthy 6 year old. I have brought along a foal to be an eventer (of course with the help of more experienced people, but I did all of the riding)

    I have been a working student for Mary Cook and Buck Davidson and have gained a lot of experience from that. I have also been around foals, halter broke them, taught them to load, clip, tie, bathe, etc.

    Tell me if I need more info!!
         
        06-12-2009, 04:54 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    What a great idea!

    Hotreddun.
    Age 26. Texas.

    Western Riding:
    AQHA (Horsemanship, Showmanship, Trail, Western Riding, Hunter Under Saddle)= 14 years
    - Specializing in Trail class mostly
    *Local, State and Regional Level
    *Handful of Youth All-Around awards...didn't compete much in it at Adult level

    4-H (same classes as AQHA, also did Working Cow Horse and Team Penning)= 18 years
    * Placed 7th out of 300ish competitors in Trail class at State Show
    * Bunch of championships...have to say one of my proudest ones is my Team Penning buckle

    Trained lots of novice riders and green horses in western throughout high school and college...I have to admit I gave that up because it was sucking the life out of me and taking up all my time to try to advance my own riding and horses.

    Dressage and Stadium Jumping=4 years
    Worked as an assistant trainer at a barn for a year and rode 6 to 7 horses a day...everything from trained jumpers to greenies.

    I am comfortable advising anyone on riding. I rarely do conformation critiques.

    I also am a newbie at natural farrier work. I've been trimming for almost 2 years and just recently bought the Pete Ramey DVD set. I can try to help there also. I have done extensive research on laminitis and insulin resistance...so can help out with that area too.
         
        06-14-2009, 02:08 PM
      #17
    Trained
    Anebel

    Dressage - competing at national level (recognized) events since 2002 with many championships
    Hunters/jumpers - competed 1998-2000 and since then I dabble
    Western (mostly reining and trail) - competed one season reining and do trail training on all my horses (yes my dressage horse can do gates, bridges, logs, etc.. :P )
    Driving - taught my old horse to drive, never competed though.
    Eventing - went to one event and and almost placed :P

    Most of my experience is in dressage although I do basically everything with my horses. As far as experience I am working on my "r" dressage judging status and should have it next year, I am judging pony club regionals this year. I am affiliated with the local dressage sport organizations and the province-wide youth dressage organization. I help with a lot of shows and although I'm not formally on any committees I am very involved. This year our local org. Is running Western Canada's first dressage CDI EVER. I'm helping out with that.
    As far as competing, I have shown up to FEI Juniors. Currently I'm showing second level with my 6 y/o and by the end of the season I will be competing at the FEI 6 y/o level with him, about third level. His first ever second level test we scored a 67% infront of an FEI judge. I have ridden with, scribed for and mentored with many FEI dressage judges and coaches (eg. Axel Steiner, Jan Ebling, Jayne Ayers, Joan McCartney..). I currently train with a former Olympic team member who is herself training for WEG 2010.
    I do wish to retain my Amatuer status, so I don't technically coach. If asked to help someone, I will but I just don't ask for renumeration. I coach my mother who has gone to 4 shows and she has won a championship and consistently scores in the 60s.
    I'm also fairly certain that once I get my "r" I'll be the youngest dressage judge in Canada if that gives you a hint to my age :P
         
        06-15-2009, 11:54 PM
      #18
    Yearling
    Thank goodness for this thread! I love the idea, but have nothing to post, I'm afraid. However, a lot of good can come from this, I'm thinking, and I would gladly enlist the knowledge of some of these dressage riders, if one would want to advise me! Haha for ACT vocabulary, no? Anyway, I'm thinking about starting to do dressage with a AQHA (although we think she has Throughbred and Morgan in her, so I don't know what that would make her) 4 year old mare. Nothing big, just some walk/trot dressage tests at a local show at the end of August. I would love to hear some advice and critique, if I can get pictures. Anyone interested?
         
        06-16-2009, 12:31 AM
      #19
    Banned
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by horseluver2435    
    I would love to hear some advice and critique, if I can get pictures. Anyone interested?

    Start a thread and someone will answer.

    Username...Spyder

    Age (optional)...Old ..LOL

    Discipline(s) you have had experience in...

    Dressage mostly and Jumper with some small experience in Western gameing

    Length of time in each discipline..
    Jumper ..about 4 years
    Dressage..over 30 years
    Western Gaming..3 years

    What level of showing for each discipline
    Judging
    ..Was carded "r" dressage judge for 6 years
    Coaching..been coaching (part time as I have a full time job) for over 25 years
    Accomplished
    Jumper..Started out as a jumper and got the barn's (where I was boarding at) year end trophy for most points won over the year. Gave it up as something I was not happy at doing myself but feel jumping should not be discontinued so I had others jump my horses and worked with them. With my present horse he was awarded Jumper Horse of the Year.

    Western gaming..my horse got bored doing the same dressage test as he could have done the test without me...well almost so took up gaming and he was the most collected gamer there. Did many schooling shows and was best with pole bending but my horse used his dressage ability to cut corners...so won quite a few ribbons.

    Dressage...succeeded to train my own horse from scratch (unbroke) to GP winning Ontario Champion at Medium level and Ontario Reserved Champion at Advanced level. Was Eastern Canadian Advanced Champion and when east and west championships put together was 8th in the country. Competed at GP level then sold him to progress. With my present horse was awared Dressage Horse of the Year from the AWS.

    Organizations you have been affiliated with on a administrative level (asked to show knowledge in organization and discipline background)
    Was elected dressage director (5 years) for the Pony Club central region and set up the interclub dressage qualification circuit.
    Started my own CADORA group and served on the COAI (Ontario CADORA) board. Was elected to represent dressage on the OEF board of directors for 2 years.
    Was a CADORA member for many years and ran several large recognized shows during that time.
    Was AWS regional representative for 3 years and answered queries relating to this organization.

    Other details that will be of use (post anything that will be relevent to the equestrian world)

    I have dabbled in almost every discipine even if it was in a minor way.
         

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